Zhouzhuang is a beautiful city, situated between Shanghai and Suzhou. This is the ancient town of Kunshan City, where abounds lakes and rivers. Zhouzhuang is known to be the best water town in China. The beauty of this town lies in the bridges, canals and scenic sites such as Zhang House, Shen Mansion, the Former Residence of Ye Chucang, Nanhu Garden/Quanfu Temple, Milou Tower and Chengxu Taoist Temple. If you want to learn more about its cultural history, you must visit Kunqu Opera and Xuanjuan Theatre. Zhouzhuang is also very famous for its tea-drinking culture and for being the home of famous poets, distinguished scholars and successful businessmen.
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A main attraction in this city is Zhouzhuang Fang, a beautiful medium-sized ship built in 2001 for an important meeting in Zhouzhuang of OPEC ministers. This ship still serves as a large-scale conference venue. If you want to explore the city, the best way is to hire a gondola and explore its beautiful sites. The price to hire a gondola is very reasonably, so you may drive around town all day long.
The whole city is impressive and every corner must be visited, as every single building has a great structure. Shen Mansion is one of those buildings. This beautiful residential building is placed in Nanshi Street, across Fu’an Bridge. Shen Mansion is the largest residential building in town. It was built in 1742 by Shen Benren, a descendant of the Jiangnan. This residential building has over 90 rooms of varied sizes and covers an area of more than 2,000 square meters, divided in three parts.
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Another stop is the Quanfu Temple. A beautiful Buddhist temple with an incredible structure, not so different from the typical Chinese architecture. Try to spend your evening in Nanbay Swing, a great lake which lies in south of Zhouzhuang. Nanbay Swing is surrounded by an area of 3.5 hectares of Chinese bamboo tree and lotus ponds.
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Zhouzhuang should be visited in the fall or winter. You will have the opportunity to enjoy incredible views and the snow covering the beautiful buildings is creating a breathtaking image. Have you heard of Zhouzhuang?
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