Zhujiajiao Water Town is roughly 50 kilometers from Shanghai’s Bund.
If you have a limited time, Zhujiajiao is the finest and second closest option for experiencing such historical villages nearby Shanghai. Similar to Venice in Italy, you can find several well-preserved bridges and boat rides.
Top Activities in Zhujiajiao Water Town
Zhujiajiao Zhujiajiao is a township in Shanghai’s Qingpu District. This ancient town is rich in rivers, 36 old bridges, and traditional Chinese-style homes. Zhujiajiao was a commerce center for centuries due to its numerous canals, which were utilized to transport goods in small boats and barges.
1. Take a stroll down Bei Dajie (North Street)
North Street is the oldest preserved of Zhujiajiao’s nine historic streets, with some structures going back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Now both sides of the tiny street are lined with restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops. You may go down the street and admire the historic architecture, try local delicacies, or unwind at an artistic pub.
2. Visit Kezhi Yuan.
Kezhi Yuan, located on Xijing Street on the northern outskirts of the historic district, is a 1912 garden. The name “kezhi” means to learn to plant, plant lesson, or plant class; therefore, it was a location to observe and learn about plants. The region has a large hall, a park, and an artificial hill. The gardens’ highlight is a five-story edifice with a pavilion roof – the highest structure in Zhujiajiao’s old town.
3. Go to a Qing Dynasty Post Office
A post office on Xihu Street was built during the Qing Dynasty, which is said to be the best preserved of its era in China. Many exhibits are there, including old letters written on bamboo and antique postcards of old Shanghai.
4. Visit Fangsheng Bridge.
Fangsheng Bridge is one of the 36 old stone bridges most popular, some of which are just a yard wide.
Built-in 1812, it is believed to be Shanghai’s longest stone arch bridge. It stands on five arches and measures around 70 meters long and 5.8 meters tall.
One way to see the bridges is to take a boat trip – these small boats seat five adults or six children. The fare is about 80 yuan (13 USD).
5. Have a Zhujiajiao Cruise
There are two kinds of trips: short distances and long distances. Small gondolas can be seen everywhere in the town and are a nice way to view the city from the water. Each gondola can hold six people.
The short-distance trip takes passengers up and down the main canal, and the price is about 80 yuan per boat for about 10 minutes.
How to Get to Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town from Shanghai
From Downtown Shanghai
- By Metro: Take Shanghai Metro Line 17, get off at Zhujiajiao Station, and walk for about 20 minutes.
- By Taxi: A trip to Zhujiajiao Water Town costs about 200 yuan. Make a note of the address and show it to the driver.
- By Bus: A tourist bus operates from Shanghai Stadium (Gate 5) in the mornings. An inexpensive small pink bus leaves from Pu’anPu’an Road Bus Station or Shanghai Ti Yu Guan Station. Take the bus line called Hùzhū Gāosù Kuàixiàn. The trip takes an hour and costs 12 yuan.