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Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, Shanghai

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#3 of 77 in Historic Sites in Shanghai
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Examine ancient buildings with a rich cultural background divided by stone bridges and numerous rivers at Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Established some 1,700 years ago, the town contains historic attractions ranging from 5,000-year-old archaeological sites, to Qing dynasty rice shops, spice stores, banks, and post offices. Go on a gondola ride to cruise down the narrow canals and experience China's well-preserved heritage scattered along scenic riverbanks. Be sure to sample some local cuisine, especially dishes prepared with lotus roots and green soybeans. Put Zhujiajiao Ancient Town on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Shanghai vacation route planner.
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  • It's quite easy to get to this place by subway & then by taxi. Entrance fees for the more interesting sights r reasonable. The boat rise is well worth it. Just watch out when in the Taoist temple as y...  more »
  • The place smelt really really bad because of the fermented tofu which I will admit will really put me off visiting. I have been here three times and its good in good weather and for photos. Very touri...  more »
  • When you go to SHANGHAI, there are several ancient water towns to go but dont choose ZHUJIAJIAO. Pick another one. We chosed it because it was nearer. About 1 hour and a half from the city center incl...  more »
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  • A wonderful look at bygone days! The town has a bit of a Disney feel, but because the history is real and the preservation, meticulous (from what I could tell), it makes for a very enjoyable visit. The ancient post office contains a wealth of artifacts and very nicely done signage. The ancient pharmacy: not so much so. The gardens are wonderful. Lots of shipping and eating opportunities with surprisingly good prices for street goods (not so much in the fixed stores.)
  • I rate it 4.5 it is a very pleasant day trip from Shanghai. Lots of shops, and restaurants. Very good food at a number of them. There is an Ice Season for an ice cream to cool off. Also it has it's own Starbucks if you need a caffeine fix. It was very crowded when we were there. I was too tired but there is some great architecture to shoot. I have a few pictures on my Nikon but it is easier to share the pictures I took with my phone. The people are friendly and didn't notice any shady trouble makers at all so the police are doing a good job. Go have a good time.
  • Old style Venice..clean.. Take a boat ride to see all the houses and souvenir shops along the river... There are some part with old traditional houses but also some part with modern style.. Has a big and nice bookstore altough in Chinese but nicely set up and the attendant at least speak a fair English, should be there at morning hours specially during weekends and holidays ..worthed to see
  • Loved the ambience and water canals. Yes it's a tourist trap in one sense, but it is one that you enjoy immensely none the less.
  • This is a well preserved old town that's very typical in this region in the past. This probably is the largest one among many of this sort of tourist attractions within the radius of a couple of hours of driving. It's wonderful to walk around the river/canal with shops along both sides, and browsing thru additional shops in the back streets. It worth the trip to see this location, and it will be enough of this sort of attractions. It gets really busy and crowded with local folks on weekends, so try schedule the visit on weekdays if possible.

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