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.