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Itinerary Name: 2 Days South China Water Town Tour (A) - Xitang Town & Wuzhen Town from Shanghai
Day 1
Shanghai-Xitang-Wuzhen
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:Overnight in Wuzhen

Your friendly guide and driver will meet you at your address on time and escort you to ancient Xitang Town which is only 80 km / 1.5 hours to the west of Shanghai. Enjoy the fascinating Xitang, pass Five Girls Park, Walk along the river to arrive at the Temple of King Protecting Country Sui Rice, stroll along the Long corridor by the side of river, visit Drunken Garden, Sacred Hall, Ni’s Family Residence, West Garden, Zhongfu Hall, China Wine Culture Museum, China Eaves Tile Museum, Ancient Wood Carving Museum, China Button Museum, Root Arts Museum. Lunch at Xitang.         

  

  

In the middle afternoon, drive to Wuzhen Town, "the Best Water Town in China". It will take around 1 hour on the way.      

 

Check in the hotel inside Xizha (the west part of Wuzhen Town) - the best preserved part in Wuzhen.  

 

Enjoy the fairyland like night view in the West Part of Wuzhen.

  

  


More info about Ancient Xitang Town:
Xitang ancient town is located on the northeast edge of Zhejiang Province, only around 1.5 hours to the downtown Shanghai. It is level, densely distributed with rivers and has a very quiet natural environment. 9 rivers converge in this town, dividing it into 8 sections, but many bridges link this water town together (anciently called as “nine dragon holding pearl” and “wind from 8 sides”). In the town, stone-paved lanes run between age-old dwelling houses of white walls and black tiles, many well-preserved architectural groups constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties, which boast a higher artistry and study value, thus being highlighted by the experts at home and abroad studying antique buildings. Riverside corridors are connected into a totally one-thousand-meter long corridor that is covered with roofs that protect walkers from rain and sunshine. Long and serene alleys and roofed corridors create charming and picturesque scenery that can not be found in other water towns. Every turn is another stunning photo opportunity. It is no wonder Tom Cruise used this site for his Mission Impossible III movie set.     

 

But glamour of Xitang Ancient Town goes far beyond natural beauty. It has long history, rich culture and gives birth to a number of talents, such as Yangmao, a master of arts and crafts in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Gu Xidong, a famous playwright, etc. With a history of more than 1000 years, Xitang has entered the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative Site. The trip to Xitang is also a cultural journey.    

 

The whole old town is like a poem and a picture. In this town, people will feel that they are seemingly in an earthly paradise. It is hard to know that people exist in the picture or picture exists in the heart of people.     

 

More info about Xitang Town at its official website: http://www.xitang.com.cn/.

Day 2
Wuzhen-Shanghai
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:No

Today you will enjoy the fascinating Wuzhen Town, West Part and East Part, include ancient streets, bridges, pagoda, and some well preserved ancient mansions by the side of the picturesque narrow rivers and canals. You will visit Fragrant Hill Hall, Jiangnan Hundred Beds Showroom, Jujia Folk Customs Exhibition Hall, Gong Sheng Grains Wopkshop, Blue calico Workshop, Jiangnan Wood Carving Showroom, Yu Liuliang’s Coin Display Room, The Former Residence of Mao Dun, Ancient Opera Stage, Xiuzhen Taoist Temple, The Former Residence of an Imperial Academy Member, Hui Yuan Pawn House in the East Part of Wuzhen. And Soy-Sauce Workshop, Yichang Foundry Workshop, Memorial Hall for Mr. Maodun, Wang Hui-wu Memorial Hall, Kong Ling-jing Memorial Hall, Waterside Garden, Zhaoming AcademyFooting-biding Museum, Wuzhen Post Office, Hengyitang Chinese Herb Pharmacy, Double Decker Hall, Temple of General Wu, Yida Silk Workshop, White Lotus Pagoda, Temple of God Guan, Wenchang Pavilion in the West Part of Wuzhen. 

 

As the day draws to an end, drive back to Shanghai. It will takes around 2 hours / 130 km on the way.

   

   

 

More Info about Ancient Wuzheng Town:

In the south of the Yangtze River Delta, there are many ancient water towns like Wuzhen. They have in common ancient bridges, streets, lanes and delicately decorated residences, but Wuzhen seems to contain richer historical and cultural flavors, maybe because it boasts the best conservation project among all of the ancient towns in Yangtze River Delta, most venerated history and least modern influences. Now it is commonly known that Wuzhen is the best preserved water town in China. Together with Nanxun and a number of water towns in Zhejiang and Jiangsu Province, Wuzhen received a UNESCO Asian-Pacific Heritage Award for its preservation of traditional architecture. When the local people opened the ancient riverine town of Wuzhen to visitors in early 2001, they were determined to avoid the tacky mix of tourist restaurants and souvenir shops that has swamped other nearby water towns. Wuzhen has been preserved rather than restored, lovingly kept rather than tarted up, and its ancient ways of life maintained. Most of all, Wuzhen is still a living town, where daily life goes on seemingly unimpeded by a growing trickle of visitors.

Wuzhen, a town with a history of 1200 years, is only around 2 hours drive from Shanghai. It is divided in two parts of touristic interest: Xizha (West Wuzhen) and Dongzha (East Wuzhen).  Xizha has a special charm, it is renovated with the investment of around 1 Billion Chinese dollar.  Now The ancient Xizha Street is one of the best-kept architectures of Ming and Qing dynasties in China. There are residential area, workshop area, culture area, ancient college, temples and Pagoda, gardens, bridges, dining area, shopping area, all of these feature local traditions and customs.


The night view in Xizha (West Part of Wuzhen) boasts one of the best night view sceneries in China it is the fairyland you never dreamed.

 

More about Wuzhen Town at its official website:  http://www.wuzhen.com.cn/english/index.asp