Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour From Shanghai

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Overview

Take a gondola ride through the elegant waterways of Zhouzhuang, the 'Venice of the East. Youll step into the old residences of Zhang House and Shen House, and wander through the vast expanse of courtyards, arcades and rooms that make up these complexes. Dont miss out on visiting one of the most popular tourist destinations in China, with its other-worldly landscapes and stunning architecture.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach

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With its interconnected waterways and dreamy landscapes, Zhouzhuang is one of the top water villages in China. Take a step back in time to view magnificent canals and stone bridges. The majority of the town’s residences were built in the Ming and Qing dynasties, and nearly 100 traditional courtyards and 60 carved-brick archways are still in use. You will visit two of the most popular sights in this water town: Shen House and Zhang House.

Shen House was a private property built in the Qing style, and occupies an enormous area of over 2,000 square feet (186 square meters). It features charming displays like a water gate, a gate tower, a tearoom and a main hall. It also has artworks including carvings that tell historic stories, a painted sculpture of Shen Wansan, and other cultural relics such as folk instruments. Zhang House is equally impressive, with 70 rooms taking up over 1,900 square feet (177 square meters). It is a graceful residential house with a tranquil courtyard and pond.

After walking with the locals in the town's cobbled lanes, you will be taken on a Chinese-style gondola ride through the old town, where you can admire the simple and well-preserved architecture that dates back more than 900 years. Locals still live their life on the waterways, carrying out daily activities such as washing clothes and shopping from vendors on boats. You will have the opportunity to take many photos of this picturesque town.

This tour provides hotel pickup and drop-off and is a great way to learn about the cultural background of China’s Jiangsu province.

Inclusions for Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour From Shanghai

  • Gondola cruise
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to scenic spots as indicated in itinerary

Exclusions for Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour From Shanghai

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be over the age of 2.

Local guide will contact to confirm the departure the evening before departure day.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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32 reviews by the users

  • Nice trip

  • The water village was fun to visit. The van we rode in should be retired.......very old! Our driver flew to the village and back weaving in and out of traffic......very dangerous. Our tour guide was very difficult to hear in the van until he turned on his portable microphone. Glad we took the trip, however would not highly recommend it.

  • I wasn't too impressed with this tour. The village is an hour and a half away - each way and it's literally just to walk around the town, see 2 old houses and ride in a boat down the canal for 20 minutes. It was nice getting out of Shanghai but not worth the $110+ per person.

  • A mixture of a lot of new with very little old and lots of gaudy. Quite disappointed, actually, that there was not much preserved of the old water village . . . just what appeared to be a couple of bridges and a few homes along a single canal. There was one other restored home that we visited, which was interesting. The gaudiness was overwhelmingly distracting. The place was decorated with what looked like inflatable floats of make-believe scenes that were strung with lights for night-time viewing. The half-day tour was not worth the cost for the van ride, guide, entrance and boat ride fees. That said, our guide, Bruce, was good.

  • Really great -- I just would have liked to have had a bit more unstructured time in Zhouzhuang for tea or light shopping.

  • Pretty far away but really cool

  • Great to see if you have a spare day in Shanghai. My sister and I were there for 2 full days and choose to spend one of them on this tour. The water village was picturesque and home of the famous double bridge. Its also good place to learn about street food treats from your guide.

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  • Great trip, highly recommend if your looking to get out of Shanghai, Jamie was a fantastic guide, just would have liked it to be longer, felt rushed once we got there....

  • Excellent tour with an excellent guide--Zhouzhuang is beautiful. Lots of traffic on the freeway between there and Shanghai, especially going back into the city during the evening rush hour. Not a problem, just be aware that you may get back late if you're planning an early dinner.

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