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Old March 7th, 2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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hkskyline's 2012 in ZHOUZHUANG, China

Zhouzhuang is the most touristy of the water towns near Shanghai. Having been warned beforehand that it was a big trap, I opted to see for myself just whether there is anything authentic left. It's an expensive day trip, not because of the transport, but the entry ticket into the town itself. After 2 hours on the bus, I entered the gates and water soon came into view.













This is one of the twin bridges, the most famous symbol of Zhouzhuang. Both were built during the Ming Dynasty in the 16th and 17th centuries.



























A series of stone bridges traverse the rivers that criss-cross Zhouzhuang. The protective railings are very low, so don't count on them to prevent people from falling into the water. It probably wasn't the most important design point at the time when the bridges were built.

















Traffic jam



Shen House was built in 1742 as a multi-courtyard luxury residence.

















































As one of the key tourist attractions, plenty of large tour groups were flowing into each courtyard, one by one. My only escape would be to pay a token additional admission to head upstairs to the sleeping chambers.







The token additional admission scared away all the other tourists. I had the whole floor to myself, with no interruptions at all to enjoy the various rooms and exquisite furniture on display.



























There were windows that opened back out to the courtyards below, giving a different perspective to what I just saw downstairs.













Heading back downstairs, there was a bakery that sold traditional snacks.









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Old March 12th, 2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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Pick up a piece of traditional Chinese clothing or cloth to bring home.









Dried fish and shrimp are readily available for sale.



















Don't expect to find a McDonald's, KFC, or Starbucks here. This is what you will find for lunch. I did stumble across a high-end cafe later in the day though.













Quanfu Temple is at the edge of town, facing more modest quarters where fishermen at hard at work. The temple itself is a new construction in the 1990's as the original site was severely damaged in the 1950's.





















Leaving the temple, I came across a shopping street, including this mobile "antique" shop.













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Beautiful! Is it the one that has been featured in movies like Mission Impossible?
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Chengxu Temple is a Taoist worshipping venue dating from the Song Dynasty in the 11th century.









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A stunning village. I visited it a few years ago and it was totally overrun by tourists (well I cant complain too much because im one of them). The over crowding somewhat spoilt the visit a little although im still glad I went. I just wish there weren't so many massive groups of tour guided tourists because when you get stuck behind one of them its really hard to squeeze past!

Still great pictures thanks for sharing!
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A stunning village. I visited it a few years ago and it was totally overrun by tourists (well I cant complain too much because im one of them). The over crowding somewhat spoilt the visit a little although im still glad I went. I just wish there weren't so many massive groups of tour guided tourists because when you get stuck behind one of them its really hard to squeeze past!

Still great pictures thanks for sharing!
Yes ... I couldn't really enjoy the landscape as well since it was so crowded and noisy. Would have loved to sit down on a bench under a tree overlooking the canal for a snack or catch up with some reading.

I've tried a few other water towns before, and Zhujiajiao was the most serene, but probably because I went during winter and it was snowing that day.
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