You are picked up from the hotel by a driver and guide. You drive to the old water town of Zhujiajiao, which dates back more than 1,700 years. Zhujiajiao is located between Suzhou and Shanghai in an area with numerous lakes and streams. The town is intersected by canals, which in the old days brought prosperity to the town through textile production and rice cultivation. The canals are still used as arterial routes, earning the town its nickname of the Venice of China.
Zhujiajiao covers an area of 47 km2 and is linked by 36 bridges. Some of them have almost iconic status, such as Fengshan, which was built in 1812. The bridge is said to be the largest stone bridge in Shanghai with a length of 70 metres and a height of 5.8 metres.
Go for a stroll over the bridges and through the quaint, narrow streets, and experience the everyday life of the 60,000 or so inhabitants. It is also worth admiring the lovely, small, well-preserved houses and their courtyards.
Today, most of the inhabitants live off tourism and have their own shops selling everything from ceramics and yarn to local snacks.
As in other ancient towns and cities, there are also beautiful temples and gardens behind the protective walls. The Kezhi garden is the most famous, but also the most atypical.
After dinner, you are driven back to Shanghai.
|Per person: £114|