The ancient town of Zhujiajiao has a history stretching back 1700 years. It is one of the best preserved water towns among those surrounding Shanghai. With thirty-six beautiful old bridges spanning streams and canals, river banks lined by willow trees and hidden gardens lying behind stone walls, this place makes a wonderful outing from the business of Shanghai’s city centre.
Zhujiajiao is about an hour and half by coach from downtown Shanghai. I recommend taking a day tour to the town so that you can be guided around, learn about Zhujiajiao’s history, enjoy a gondola ride along the canals and have some free time to explore at your leisure. My tour was with Helen Wong’s Tours which I highly recommend.
I particularly loved wandering through the narrow lane ways and tasting some of the local delicacies – although to be fair I didn’t always know what it was I was eating! Sometimes it’s better that way!!
I also loved the gondola ride. The view from water level of the bridges and buildings was quite different and a wonderful pace to be able to sit back and take it all in. There are various spots from where you can board a gondola throughout the town – I recommend walking through the town first and then taking the gondola back.
Do you have any other favourite spots around Shanghai for a day trip? I’d love to hear!
x Sonia x