Zhouzhuang

About Zhouzhuang Travel

Introduction:Zhouzhuang, o­ne of the most famous water townships in China, situated in Kunshan City which is o­nly 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Suzhou. It is noted for its profound ..

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Zhouzhuang Introduction

Zhouzhuang, o­ne of the most famous water townships in China, situated in Kunshan City which is o­nly 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Suzhou. It is noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs. In the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), Zhouzhuang was a part of the fief Yaocheng and called Zhenfengli. After being donated to Full Fortune (Quanfu) Temple by Zhou Digong, a very devout Buddhist, in 1086 during the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127), Zhouzhuang got its present name as a memorial of the donor.
In an area of half a square kilometer (124 acres), 60 percent of the Zhouzhuang's structures were built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, which is from 1368 to 1911. Taking the most convenient form of transport in Zhouzhuang, a gondola, we will present some of the breathtaking sights o­ne by o­ne.
Zhouzhuang is well known for its beautiful environment and simple architecture. Although more than 900 years have past, its architectural style is still well preserved. More than 60 percent of the residential houses were built during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, consisting of nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved brick archways. Like a lotus o­n the water, the town is surrounded and bisected by rivers including Nanbeichi, Houxiang,Youcheyang and Zhongshi. There are many bridges as well,including Fu'an,Zhenfeng, Fuhong, Tongxiu,Puqing, Xianyuan,Tiyun,Bao'en,Longxing,Yong' an,Shide and Jubao, the most famous being Yong'an and Shide, known as Double Bridge,o­ne a stone archetype and the other a stone beam type bridge. Two rivers crisscross in north-south and east-west directions here,and the square and round openings of the bridges provide a unique frame for the water scenery. Sitting o­n the boat, o­ne may enjoying the scene between bridges and feels the interest of a water township,which offers a quiet and simple life. When night falls,all streets are empty. Down the narrow lanes o­ne catches a glimpse of dim lights. Walking by the waterside,along the road or over a bridge,the peace of the calm water and clear sky,perhaps punctuated occasionally by the distant sound of laughter,creates a harmonious and sweet environment.  The town has many cultural relics,including the houses of Shen and Zhang,the Milou Tower, Ye Chucang's Former Residence,Chengxu Taoist Temple and Quanfu Temple.  Many ancient and modern scholars have lived in or visited the town,such as ancient Zhang Han,a literati of the Western Jin Dynasty (265-317),Liu Yuxi and Lu Guimeng,two poets of the Tang Dynasty (618-907),as well as modern Sanmao, a noted woman writer from Taiwan,and artist Chen Yifei. Chen's painting,“The Double Bridge”,is as famous as the real double bridge in the town. A well-known Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong o­nce praised the town as a collection of beauty of China's water townships. Luo Zhewen,a notable architect,described Zhouzhuang as “a treasure of China”.

Zhouzhuang Traffic

Outer Transportation
Bus schedule from Shanghai, Suzhou, Kunshan, Qingpu district to Zhouzhuang:

Shanghai

Long- distance bus station in Gongxing Road: 8:30, 9:30, 12:20, 13:00, 14:30, 15:30; 2 hours' route; RMB21.

Shanghai Stadium: Set off at 7:00, 9:05, 9:45, 12:10??and return at 14:30, 16:30; 1 hour and 40 minutes'route; RMB110 (include the fare and admission fee).

Hongkong Football Court: Set off at 8:00, 10:00, and return at 15:00, 17:30; 2 hours' route; RMB128 (include the fare and admission fee).

Suzhou:

North bus station: 7:05??17:05; Depatch o­ne bus every half an hour; 1hour and 30 minutes' route; RMB17.5.

Bus station at Wuzhong District: 7??30, 9:30, 13:00; 2 hours'route; RMB15.

Kunshan, Qingpu: Depatch o­ne every 10 minutes (Set off at Kunshan and Qingpu bus station respectively and o­ne hour??s route); RMB6.5 at Kunshan station and RMB9.5 at Qingpu
Inner Transportation:

Take the taxi and tricycle to the ancient town at Zhouzhuang bus station.

It costs you 80 yuan to rent a wooden boat.
Zhouzhuang inquiry Tel :0512-67510351

Zhouzhuang complaints Tel :0512-57211029

Zhouzhuang Festivals

Zhouzhuang enJoys rich cultural resources,a beautiful environment and simple local customs.
Fast Boating:This started in the Qing Dynasty. At first, it was the needs of war,and then people held races for celebrating the harvest and holidays,also for weddings. Farmers participate with their own boats,clothes,props,gongs and drums. Zhouzhuang now has dozens of travel boats for tourists to do sightseeing around.
Wansan Pig's Upper Leg:This is Zhouzhuang's most famous delicacy. The pig's upper Leg with flavorings is cooked or steamed until well done. The soup,which turns red,is saline and sweet.
  Three-Flavor Meatballs:Chicken meat,fresh prawns,pork, shallots and ginger,as well as rice wine are packed inside gluten, and then made into round balls. They are boiled in chicken soup until well done. It looks crystal-clear and very delicious.

Zhouzhuang Service Telephones

Suzhou City Tourism complaints Tel : 0512-65223377

Jiangsu Provincial Tourism complaints Tel : 025-83418185

National Tourism complaints Tel: 010-65275315

Zhouzhuang scenic area tourism complaints Tel : 0512-57211654

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