Private Half Day Tour: Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town With Local Delicacies - Shanghai

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    3:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Drop off and pickup outside of central Shanghai, such as the airport, cruise terminals, railway station, Shanghai Disney Area, Qinpu, Jiading, Chuansha, or Songjiang will.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Your hotel or other desired location in Shanghai city center
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy this short trip just one hour outside of Shanghai to the serene charm of Zhujiajiao ancient water town. On this 4 1/2 hour tour you'll ride a gondola beneath ancient bridges and stroll Qing dynasty streets and explore Ming and Qing dynasty architecture while diving into local shops. Along the way you'll sample local delicacies such as sticky rice dumplings (zong zi) and steamed pork wrapped in bamboo leaves (zha rou) as well as traditional Chinese candies.

Know More about this tour

As this is a private tour, you can choose your desired starting time and your guide and driver will meet you in the lobby of your downtown Shanghai hotel.

First, you'll relax on the one-hour drive to the ancient water village of Zhujiajiao as you leave the metropolis of Shanghai and transition to rural China. With centuries of history, Zhujiajiao is famous for its scenic bridges and charismatic alleyways as well as its local snacks and rice wine. It flourished during the Ming and Qing dynasties and many of its weathered stone buildings date back to that era.

As you walk along the narrow streets, you'll visit traditional buildings, old shops, and unique food and handicraft stalls. You'll be amazed at the ancient architecture, including the 16th-century Fangsheng Bridge with its five arches, and watery vistas. While exploring the local culture, you'll also sample local sticky rice dumplings and other authentic delicacies.

From here, you'll take to the river for a hand-poled gondola ride. It's the perfect way to experience how local residents traveled for hundreds of years and get an insight into the movement of people and goods that made this ancient town so prosperous. You can still see Zhujiajiao's inhabitants going about their business via the integrated waterways.

After your relaxing gondola ride, your guide and driver will take you back to your Shanghai hotel or your chosen downtown Shanghai destination approximately 4 and 1/2 hours after your start time. This is a great tour to experience China's rich history just a short distance from modern Shanghai.


Private guide

Air-conditioned vehicle with ample room based on your group size with experienced driver

Gondola ride

Bottled water

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Local delicacies(Snacks) tasting

Entry/Admission - Zhujiajiao Ancient Town


Personal expenses


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please wear comfortable shoes

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

As our tours include public sites. We are as careful as possible, but we can't control all conditions. China overall is very safe for traveling and we'll inform all customers with any updates. Our goal is make you are safe and have a worry-free experience.

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  • 02-Nov-2022

    The flexibility of Jenny's team was unmatch. We are a busy family of four traveling as part of an expat assignment. Jenny's team put together an incredible tour for us. We had to reschedule the entire day 72 hours in advance and the team accommodated us. We also had a friendly driver and guide that showed us the amazing historical town during the extremely busy holiday week.

  • 17-Dec-2019

    We took a half day tour with Jenny tour and our guide was Alice. She was super friendly and would go the extra mile to make you very comfortable. Alice was a great guide that feels like your close friend. She joked around with us, told stories of her family and explains very well about the places that we went to. My daughter had a massive nose bleed in the car on the way to zhujiaojiao, Alice went to buy us tissues, fruits for my daughter and even took her jacket to a laundry nearby to wash her jacket during our sightseeing. She felt like a cool aunt to my kids. And the drive to and from zhujiaojiao was very comfortable with the mini van that Jenny tour provide. The car was very clean n neat. Overall it was an unforgetable experience with Jenny private tour, I would definitely recommend it to my friends and family who are going to china!

  • 15-Dec-2019

    Thanks to the flexibility and patience of Claire, my parents and 11 year old son had a very enjoyable time at Zhujiajiao. Local snacks were aplenty and Claire was able to highlight the pertinent ones that we should try. She was also able to cater to my son’s request to have hairy crab for lunch! Great time spent and we will definitely seek Jenny’s travel service once again! Thank you Jenny, thank you Claire!

  • 29-Oct-2019

    Our guide , Portia was spectacular!
    She shared so much of her personal experience growing up in Shanghai and offered wonderful insight and history on our tour of the ancient water city— we ate, shopped , walked the streets and took a beautiful boat ride one the canal. A perfect day with a perfect guide! Thank you again Portia!

  • 28-Oct-2019

    Our guide , Portia was spectacular! She shared so much of her personal experience growing up in Shanghai and offered wonderful insight and history on our tour of the ancient water city— we ate, shopped , walked the streets and took a beautiful boat ride one the canal. A perfect day with a perfect guide! Thank you again Portia!

  • 24-Oct-2019

    We truly enjoyed the tour and our guide Clair was professional and excellent during the whole tour. I think the tour had a perfect mix of sightseeing and cultural activities such as sampling local eats. Even as someone who speaks mandarin and have been to this water town before, I was able to try and learn new things. I highly recommend this tour! Also communications with Jenny was very easy and I can see she truly cares about each customer.

  • 10-Oct-2019

    Alice and driver were awesome! Communication before, during & after was top notch! Highly recommend. Alice engaged us with many, many interesting stories of old and current Chinese cultures. She took & shared photos with us and delighted us with local treats, a wonderful water tour, and interesting ancient artifacts. I wouldn't hesitate to book another tour with Jennys Tour should we ever get back!

  • 24-Sep-2019

    On our last day in Shanghai we had to check-out of the hotel some hours before we could board our cruise ship, so we booked this tour with drop-off at the cruise terminal. Jenny was most accommodating in adjusting the tour for us. An all-inclusive private tour with the two of us, a driver, an air-conditioned car and our english-speaking guide, Penny. On the drive out, Penny gave us a running commentary on the history of the area as well as the various sights we saw. One of the advantages of having a knowledgeable guide was learning a lot of secrets in the town. Who could have guessed that one private house is actually an art museum? We would never have found the quiet back-streets or discovered the shop selling weird foodstuffs. In case anyone wants to know, sparrow tastes a bit like guinea pig! We had a private tea ceremony, a private gondola ride and crossed the oldest bridge in the town. Penny explained why the steps on that bridge are particularly shallow and wide. I won't tell, you have to take the tour to find out. Then it was back to Shanghai and the cruise terminal. Door-to-door service with a tour thrown in! Brilliant!

  • 21-Sep-2019

    Peggy was already waiting in our hotel lobby as we came down, and our tour was highly organised, the car and driver excellent and Peggy made our day such a relaxed and informative one. Zhujiajiao Water Town exceeded our expectations, a must see when in Shanghai, larger area than expected, with something different at every turn. The private home and garden visit was extraordinary, and we were the only ones there at the time, such a treat to see an amazing collection of furnishings and artworks first hand. Peggy's knowledge of the history and stories regarding the home and contents added to our understanding of life in an earlier era. Peggy was most helpful in securing a few souvenirs at great prices, nothing was too much trouble. The gondola ride was great, and we were surprised how few other Western tourists were there at the time. We highly recommend Jenny's Tours, Peggy is such a fun, knowledgeable and efficient guide, our day was relaxed, interesting and just plain fun.

  • 28-Aug-2019

    We were met at the cruise port by our talented guide, Apple, and wonderful driver Mr Xiao. The water town was beautiful, lunch was delicious. We loved the gondola ride, and found many great cheap souveniers. It is a place we would definately return to. Our guide, Apple, was the best. Such a happy, friendly, informative and intelligent person. She is also a very good souvenier price negotiator. We loved our day with her. Thanks Apple! After the water town, we were dropped off at the Maglev train, with plenty of time to spare for our flight back home. We recommend this tour company 100%. Definately a 5+ star rating from us.

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