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One Day Shanghai Ancient Roots Exploration Tour - Visit Neolithic Song-Ze Ruins Museum, Songjiang Town & ancient Zhujiajiao Water Town

One Day Shanghai Ancient Roots Exploration Tour - Visit Neolithic Song-Ze Ruins Museum, Songjiang Town & ancient Zhujiajiao Water Town
Tour Code: SHA-SHA05
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Itinerary Features

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.