Tour Code:SHA-SHA05
One Day Shanghai Ancient Roots Exploration Tour - Visit Neolithic Song-Ze Ruins Museum, Songjiang Town & ancient Zhujiajiao Water Town
Duration:1 Day(s)
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CNY 410

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Main Destination :Shanghai
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Departure Date:You Deside !

Why we suggest this tour itinerary?

Every person knows that Shanghai is the most cosmopolitan city in China. But only few people know the origin and roots of Shanghai.


In this itinerary, in order to make tourists to know the origin and roots of Shanghai in one day only, we selected the Shanghai Song-Ze Ruins Museum dated back to 6000 years ago, Songjiang Town and Zhujiajiao Town since over 1000 years ago to explore the origin and roots of the Shanghai area, and enjoy the charming scenery in the west outskirts of the city.


6000 years ago, seas change into lands. The west part of Shanghai (current Qingpu, Songjiang and Jinshan Districts) gradually became suitable for human habitation. Archaeologists discovered earliest human existence right at Songz-Ze Ruins, which has been called “Origin of Shanghai”.


During the Neolithic period here (6000 – 4200 years ago), people living in and around this Region created four types of unique culture: Majiabang Culture, Song-Ze Culture, Liangzhu Culture and Guangfulin Culture. Since Majiabang culture habitants moved into the current Shanghai area, the culture development on the area had never been interrupted. The Neolithic Song-Ze Culture which is at the current Songze Village in Qingpu District is the starting point for the development of both the ancient and the modern civilization in Shanghai area.


Songjiang was formerly known as Huating County in Tang Dynasty around 1400 years ago and was part of Jiangsu province at that time. As the cultural root of Shanghai, Songjiang and Qingpu Area preserve brilliant and unique prehistoric, ancient and modern cultural significant features.


Tourists will visit The Shanghai Song-Ze Ruins Museum which was built on a Neolithic Age village site around 6000 years ago – the earliest village being discovered in Shanghai to know the early development of human culture and find many “1st” in Shanghai: The 1st Man, The 1st Rice, The 1st Well, The 1st Village… “Song-Ze Culture” was named as one of the most representative prehistoric culture of China.


Located on the west outskirts of Great Shanghai, the current Songjiang Town is the urban center of Songjiang District which is one of the earliest land in Shanghai. Shanghai County was under Songjiang Prefecture when it was set up in 1292 by the side of Huangpu River in the current downtown Shanghai.


In Songjiang Town, tourists will visit Fangta Park (Fangta means Square Pagoda) which is located on the site of the former commercial center of Shanghai area during both the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Song Dynasty (960-1279). You can find many precious ancient buildings and antiques in this Park. At this town, tourists will also visit a famous ancient classical Chinese garden, an ancient Mosque and well pretested old zone with tranquil rivers and bridges.


The well protected picturesque Zhujiajiao Town, around 48km to downtown Shanghai, by the side of Dianshan Lake is the most famous water town in Shanghai. In fact, the current downtown Shanghai area was also a water town and many fishing villages around 170 years ago which are quite like the current Zhujiajiao Town. We can know what the old Shanghai likes in this town.


Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary 

Songjiang Town:

Ancient classical Zuibaichi Garden, Fangta Park (means Square Pagoda Park, including Square Pagoda, Site of Songjiang County Town in Tang & Song Dynasty, Stone Base of Columns of the Old Tang Dynasty Temple, Ancient Heaven Princess Palace, Screen Wall, The Site of Old City God Temple of Songjiang Town, Lanrui Hall (Mr. Zhu Shuishui Commemorative Museum), 5 Old Men Peaks, Mr. Chen Huacheng Commemorative Museum, Wangxian Bridge built in Song Dynasty (around 1000 years ago)), Songjiang Town Mosque, out view of Yuanying Pagoda built in Song Dynasty (around 1000 years ago), Cangcheng History & Culture Area including the giant Dacang Bridge.


The Shanghai Song-Ze Ruins Museum – built on the Neolithic Age village site with many “1st” in Shanghai: The 1st Man, The 1st Rice, The 1st Well, The 1st Village…


Ancient Zhujiajiao Town:

City God Temple, Fangsheng Bridge (Setting-fish-free Bridge) and Many ancient bridges, North Street, Kezhi Garden.


Experience in the Itinerary:

* Visit the Museum built on the site of a Neolithic village, to marvel at the brilliant achievement of this representative prehistoric culture in China around 6000 years ago.

* Walk on the Site of city center in old Shanghai area in Tang & Song Dynasty (over 1000 years ago) and enjoy a classical garden and many ancient buildings.

* Indulge yourself in the soft rhythm in a serene and peaceful water town with over 1000 years history.

Day 1
One Day Tour in the Outskirts of Shanghai
Dining:Not included in the quotation
In the morning, your guide will meet you at your address and drive to Songjiang Town - the urban center of the Songjiang District on the west outskirts of Great Shanghai and the origin and root of Shanghai area.


At Songjiang Town, you will visit the Ancient classical Zuibaichi Garden built around 400 years ago, Fangta Park (means Square Pagoda Park, including Square Pagoda, Site of Songjiang County Town in Tang & Song Dynasty, Stone Base of Columns of the Old Tang Dynasty Temple, Ancient Heaven Princess Palace, Screen Wall, The Site of Old City God Temple of Songjiang Town, Lanrui Hall (Mr. Zhu Shuishui Commemorative Museum), 5 Old Men Peaks, Mr. Chen Huacheng Commemorative Museum, Wangxian Bridge built in Song Dynasty (around 1000 years ago)), ancient Songjiang Town Mosque (the oldest mosque in Shanghai), the out view of Yuanying Pagoda built in Ming Dynasty (around 500 years ago) and Cangcheng History & Culture Area including the giant Dacang Bridge which is 54m long, 5m wide, 8m high and was re-built in 1626.



After lunch, you will drive north for around 20 minutes to The Shanghai Song-Ze Ruins Museum which was built on a Neolithic Age village Site around 6000 years ago – the earliest village being discovered in Shanghai to know early development of human culture and find many “1st” in Shanghai: The 1st Man, The 1st Rice, The 1st Well, The 1st Village… “Song-Ze Culture” was named as one of the most representative prehistoric culture of China.



Afterwards you will drive west to ancient Zhujiajiao Town, around 48 km to downtown Shanghai, by the side of Dianshan Lake - the best well-protected water town in Shanghai. Dianshan Lake is the biggest lake in Shanghai which is between Shanghai and Jiangsu Province. You will visit the local City God Temple and some ancient garden, bridges and courtyards in the town.


You will back to downtown Shanghai at around 6:30 pm.


More Info about the Scenic Spots in this Itinerary:


The history of Zuibaichi Garden can date back to the Song Dynasty (around 1000 years ago). Renovated in the period of Shunzhi Reign in Qing Dyansty (in the middle of 17th century), it is a classical Chinese garden which occupies an area of 5 hectares and is one of the five ancient classical Chinese gardens in Shanghai, alongwith the Guyi Garden, the Yu Garden, the Garden of Autumn Vapors, and the Garden of Zigzag Stream.  

This garden was once used by its owner ”Dong qichang” (a famous artist in Ming dynasty) for writing poetry and drinking. Now the inner garden is the original, the outer garden is newly built. There is a square bond in the center, surrounded by pavilions, terraces, chambers, waterside pavilions and long corridors. There is also a wall with latticed widows separating the scenic spots of the thatched cottage, the hexagonal pavilion, and four-sided hall and so on.


More detail about Zuibaichi Garden at Wikipeida:


Songjiang Fangta Park  (means square Pagoda Park) was built in 1978 on the Ruins of the former commercial center of Shanghai area during both the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Song Dynasty (960-1279). Covering an area of 12 hectares, the park mainly features historical and cultural artifacts, including seven national, city and district level historical structures. At the center of the park sits Fangta, or square pagoda, which was built during Northern Song (960-1127). Many changes were made during repairs in the Ming and Qing dynasties, but the main structure and style on the pagoda remained Northern Song Dynasty. About 60 percent of the wooden brackets, the lintel above the arched gate and the rafters under the eaves are the original components. In 1974 the staircase on the ground floor was rebuilt and the pagoda was restored to the style of the Northern Song Dynasty, based on surveys made by the cultural relics department of Shanghai. Each side of the square pagodas ground floor is six meters long. The first storey has balconies surrounded by wooden banisters. The balconies and pent roofs on each storey were made of both brick and wood. The pagoda has nine levels on the exterior and is 48.5 meters high. Each wall is divided into three parts by brick relief columns, with a door in the middle.


Encircling the pagoda are the Song Dynasty bridge, Ming Dynasty wall, stone gardens and other attractions. The park has been referred to as Shanghais open-air museum. Fangta Fengling (means Bells Tingling on the Fang Pagoda in winds), one of Songjiangs 24 attractions, invites visitors to enjoy the pleasant tones of copper bells hanging at the corners of the pagoda.


This park captures the essence of the Chinese garden, it also differs by introducing some Western concepts (the lawn, some trees, etc) and also modern ideas of asymmetry rather that the traditional axial layout. It is a beautiful spot to escape Shanghais bustle, and there didnt seem to be many people as other attractions in Shanghai. Tourists can enjoy many real precious ancient architectures and antiques which were moved and protected here from other places in Shanghai.


The Songjiang Mosque, formerly called the Real Religion Mosque, is the oldest mosque in Shanghai. The mosque was originally constructed during the Yuan Dynasty and rebuilt in 1391 during the Ming Dynasty. The mosque then went through several renovations during the Qing Dynasty.


The mosque covers an area of 4,900 m2. It was constructed in traditional Hui Muslim Chinese palace architecture with Arabic calligraphy. The mosque consists of the mail hall, prayer niche, corridor, two sermon halls and a bathroom. In the east of the mosque lies the Bunker Gate Tower for Muslims to do prayer. The prayer hall is located in the opposite of the tower in the west of the mosque. It is divided into the front and the back hall, with characteristics of Ming and Yuan architecture respectively.


More detail about Songjiang Mosque at Wikipedia:


Yuanying Pagoda inside Xilin Temple was re-built in Ming Dynasty (around 500 years ago). This octahedral pagoda is with 7 floors and 46.5m high. Now it is the highest pagoda in Shanghai area.


More detail about Song-Ze Culture at Wikipedia:


Zhujiajiao Water Town, Shanghais Venice, located by the side of Dianshan Lake which is near the border of Jiangsu Province. It is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years. Covering an area of 47 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes.


Endowed with another elegant name - Pearl Stream - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.


It is said that to visit Zhujiajaio without seeing the bridges means that you have not really been to Zhujiajiao at all! Bridges here are distinctive and old, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties. The old town is thoroughly connected by 36 delicate spans in different shapes and styles, from wooden to stone to marble.  


Fangsheng Bridge (Setting-fish-free Bridge) is the longest, largest and tallest stone bridge, with five openings in Shanghai region. This bridge was built in 1571. On the bridge stands a stone tablet named Dragon Gate Stone, which is engraved with 8 coiling dragons encircling a shining pearl. On top of the bridge are 4 lifelike stone lions.


In the town, there is an ancient street filled with representative ancient buildings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, attracting great numbers of domestic and foreign visitors. That is North Street, which is the best preserved ancient street in this suburb. Only one kilometer long, the whole street is at once primitively simple, yet very elegant. Strolling on this ancient thoroughfare and appreciating the historic buildings, long-established stores, and old bridges as well as the many narrow lanes is another enjoyment.


Zhujiajiao boasts imposing gardens as well as ancient dwellings built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Among the ancient architecture, Kezhi Garden is the largest manorial garden. The garden is commonly named Ma Family Garden after a former host named Ma Wenqin.


Located in Xijin Street in the northern part of town, Kezhi Garden features beautiful sightseeing and quiet and secluded surroundings. It consists mainly of three parts, including a hall area, an artificial hill area and a garden area. In the artificial hill area, there is magnificent symbolic architecture - a foursquare five-story building, on the top of which stands a diametric pavilion named Moon View Pavilion. This building is considered the tallest architecture in the town.


The scenic spots outlined here are just a sampling of the pretty attractions of this water town. Old narrow lanes, peculiar stone hawsers on the riverside and old residences also make you enjoy yourself so much as to forget to go home.


More detail about ancient Zhujiajiao Water Town at Wikipeida:

Note: Visiting time,transporting time and the duration of shows and meals in the above itinerary are for reference only and will be subject to change accoring to the real situation.
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1. One day private car with parking fee and highway fee.
2. One day private English speaking guide.
3. Entrance ticket to the attractions as listed in the itinerary.

4. Tour accident insurance. 


Price excludes:

Lunch (Please ask the guide to take the lunch with you.)

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