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2 Days South China Water Town Tour (B) - Tongli Town & Zhouzhuang Town from Shanghai

2 Days South China Water Town Tour (B) - Tongli Town & Zhouzhuang Town from Shanghai
Tour Code: SHA-WTN03
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CNY 1020 p/p
2 day
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Main Destination:
Tongli Town & Zhouzhuang Town
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Itinerary Features

Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary:

Tongli Town 

Ancient Mingqingjie Street (Ming & Qing Dynasty Street), Tuisi Garden (Retreat and Reflection Garden, UNESCO World Heritage), Pearl Tower Garden, Luoxingzhou Island in the Tongli Lake to the east of the town, some well preserved ancient mansions by the side of narrow rivers and canals, such as Gengle Hall, Jiayin Hall, Chongben Hall and so on... 


Zhouzhuang Town:

Ancient Stage, Under Water Tomb of Shen Wansan, Zhang’s Mansion, Shen’s Mansion, Quanfu Temple, Zhouzhuang Museum, the famous Twin Bridges and many other ancient bridges.


Experience in the Itinerary:

* Walking on the Mingqing Jie Street to get a feeling of doing shopping around hundreds years ago!
* Indulging in the picturesque Retreat and Reflection Garden (UNESCO World Heritage) to enjoy the typical noble life of the man of letters in ancient China.
* Stroll on the paths by the side of small rivers, soak in the typical Southern China Water Area atmosphere in the ancient towns with profound culture, well preserved ancient residential houses and the elegant watery views which are not far from Shanghai. 

* Visit some well-protected large ancient mansions.

Why we suggest this tour itinerary?

Having a tour to an ancient town and village in China would be a very special experience for who wanna escaping from the over-noising city and long for a vacation that can free oneself in peace. China Ancient Town Tour here selects well-arranged tour package to one of the most famous water towns, Tongli, aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore the town, which well keeps their unique customs and culture, to appreciate its peaceful atmosphere and feel the magic power of water. 


The natural beauty of the town is indescribable. Old stone bridges, limpid water, old trees and old-style dwellings, as well as the local costumes and local food, create an ideal civilized, rich, pastoral and harmonious environment. A walk in the ancient town is said to be a walk into history frozen in time, tranquil and serene. 


Tourists can enjoy two of the most charming southern China water towns in this itinerary – Tongli and Zhouzhuang. Tongli is renowned for its ancient courtyards and picturesque gardens. The Tuisi Yuan (Retreat and Reflection Garden) in Tongli was listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Zhouzhuang is the most famous well preserved water town in China - It is famous for its twin bridges, ancient houses. In this tour, you can enjoy the particular charisma of Jiangnan (meaning south of Yangtze River)


You can find the situation of the famous ancient Water Towns near Shanghai in Yangtze River Delta at this map,

6 Most Famous Water Towns:
Wuzhen, Nanxun, Xitang, Tongli, Luzhi, Zhouzhuang


Some other Water Towns in this area:

Zhujiajiao, Jinxi, Mudu, Luxiang, Huishan. 


In 2003,the protecting project of the Yangtze River Water Towns (including Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Luzhi, Nanxun, Wuzhen and Xitang) was granted the Award of Distinction by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. It has helped make the project a model for repairing and conserving other cultural relics. By car, you can easily take one day tour to any one of these towns from Shanghai.


These small towns, with their black tiled, oil-painted timber framework houses, that contrast sharply with its white walls and gray flagging, brings to mind a Chinese ink and wash painting. The rivers running through the town were once the main means of transportation for local people, but these days is little used, other than for festive celebrations, when bulk cargo is shipped in. The window sills of the houses on the banks of the river are further extended with boards, on which flowers, plants and bonsai bloom in the warm sunshine, adding a touch of life and color to this tranquil, old style towns.


There are many well-preserved Ming (1368-1644 AD) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD) buildings in these towns, formerly the homes of those rich enough to escape the social turbulence of centuries past. They chose these towns as the place to build their homes for its out-of-the-way location and convenient transportation, the same reasons these towns retains such an authentic feeling today.  


Go to Water Towns near Shanghai, looking for peace in your heart... 


More about The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River at UNESCO website

The Map of Tongli Town:

The Map of Zhouzhuang Town:

The Classical Garden Arts of Suzhou

The Classical Garden of Suzhou is a group of gardens in Suzhou region which have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the form of harmony created by the man’s artistic manipulation of nature and space.


Spanning a period of almost one thousand years, from the Northern Song to the late Qing dynasties (11th-19th century), these gardens, most of them built by scholars, standardized many of the key features of classical Chinese garden design with constructed landscapes mimicking natural scenery of rocks, hills and rivers with strategically located pavilions, chambers and corridors.


The elegant aesthetics and subtlety of these scholars gardens and their delicate style and features are often imitated by various gardens in other parts of China, including the various Imperial Gardens, such as those in the Chengde Mountain Resort. According to UNESCO, the gardens of Suzhou "represent the development of Chinese landscape garden design over more than two thousand years," and they are the "most refined form" of garden art.


These landscape gardens flourished in the mid-Ming to early-Qing dynasties, resulting in as much as 200 private gardens. Today, there are 69 preserved gardens in Suzhou, and all of them are designated as protected "National Heritage Sites." In 1997 and 2000, eight of the finest gardens in Suzhou along with one in the nearby ancient town of Tongli were selected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site to represent the art of Suzhou-style classical gardens. Their names are: the Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, the Master-of-Nets Garden, the Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty, the Canglang Pavilion, the Lion Forest Garden (or translated as Lion Grove Garden), the Garden of Cultivation, the Couple’s Garden Retreat, and the Retreat & Reflection Garden (except the last one which is in Tongli, a small town near Suzhou, other 8 gardens are in the ancient Suzhou city proper.) Dating from the 11th-19th century, the above 9 gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design - Valued by UNESCO World Heritage Website.