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The first International Internet Conference will be held in Wuzhen from November 19th to 21st, 2014. Tourists should better avoid going to the water town during Novemver 15th to 22nd, for there might be some restrictions to spoil your travel plan.
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Wuzhen Water Town

Wuzhen Water Town
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Chinese people say that unless you visit the Great Wall then you haven't been to China. For any visit south of the Yangtze River; one place not to be missed is the town of Wuzhen.

Located in the centre of the six ancient towns south of Yangtze River, 17 kilometres (10.56 miles) north of the city of Tongxiang, the Water Town displays its two-thousand-year history in its ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, its stone pathways between the mottled walls and its delicate wood carvings. Also, setting it apart from other towns, it gives a unique experience through its profound cultural background.

It is said that people have lived here for 7000 years and over time it has produced a galaxy of talents. Mao Dun, an outstanding modern Chinese writer, was born here and his masterpiece, 'The Lin's Shop', describes vividly the life here. In 1991, Wuzhen was authorized as the Provincial Ancient Town of History and Culture, so ranking first among the six ancient towns south of the Yangtze River.

The uniqueness of the town lies in its layout, being 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) long and divided into six districts. These are: Traditional Workshops District, Traditional Local-Styled Dwelling Houses District, Traditional Culture District, Traditional Food and Beverage District, Traditional Shops and Stores District, and Water Township Customs and Life District. Wandering along the east-west-east circuit created by these six districts, you will enjoy the atmosphere of the traditional cultures and the original ancient features of the town that have been preserved intact.

sheltered lane for walk and rest
Have a rest on sheltered lane
A teahouse in the town
Tea house keeps its original aroma
Former Residence of Mao Dun

Originally built in the central 19th century covering a total area of 650 square meters (7020 sq. ft), the former residence of Mao Dun, a well-known Chinese revolutionary writer, was the Mao family home for many generations and witnessed the growth of this great revolutionist and writer. In 1984, the former residence of Mao Dun was renovated and extended to cover a total area of 1,731.5 square meters (18,700 sq. ft) - it opened to the public one year later. In 1988, it was listed as one of the Key State Preserved Relic Units and in 1994 was renamed the Mao Dun Museum of the City of Tongxiang. The house has three exhibition areas: 'Wuzhen, the Hometown of Mao Dun', 'the Way of Mao Dun', and 'the Former Residence of Mao Dun (renovated)'. The present Mao Dun Museum can be found to the east of the residence, which used to be Lizhi Shuyuan (Aspiration Academy) where Mao Dun spent his early school years.

 Fanglu Pavilion (Pavilion of Visits to Lu)

Enjoying a well-deserved reputation as the best teahouse in the town, the pavilion obtained its name from an accidental meeting between Lu Tong, the owner, and Lu Yu, the Patron Saint of Tea in Tang Dynasty (618-907). It is said that Lu Yu once mistakenly ate some poisonous leaves and was rescued by Lu Tong, who happened to collect tea leaves at that time. In return, Lu Yun taught Lu Tong knowledge of tea and tea-making skills, which resulted in the prosperity of Lu Tong's teahouse. Suggested by one guest, Lu Tong changed the house's name to Pavilion of Visits to Lu, to memorize this respectable scholar. Located to the south of Ying Bridge and backing onto the city river, the teahouse enjoys a broad view of Guanqian Street and provides visitors with pleasant relaxation.

stone bridge in Wuzhen
Every stone bridge tells a story
A bridge in Wuzhen town
One of Many Stone Bridges in Town
Bridge in Bridge

One may be amazed at the extraordinary scene of Bridge in Bridge created by two ancient bridges, one of which is Tongji Bridge crossing the river from east to west and the other is called Renji Bridge running from south to north and joining the former at one end. Either of two bridges can be seen through the arch of the other, hence the name. Having been rebuilt five times, Tongji Bridge is a 28.4-meter-long (93.1ft) and 3.5-meters-wide (11.4ft) one-curvature arch bridge, with a span of 11.8 meters (38.7ft). Renji Bridge, which has also experienced historical repairs, has a length of 22.6 meters (74.1ft), a width of 2.8 meters (9.2ft) and a span of 8.5 meters (27.9ft).

You may enjoy the demonstration in the traditional workshops district of such famous traditional crafts as the printing and dyeing of blue printed fabrics, the primitive technique of cloth shoes and tobacco-planing, 

flower-printed blue cloth workshop, Wuzhen
Making printed blue calico
and operate the machines yourself to get an idea of how the original work was carried out over 200 years ago. You may also walk amongst the picturesque moss-covered streets and walls, the houses decorated with  exquisitely-carved wooden and stone doors and windows, and the leisurely and quiet life of the local people in the district of traditional local-styled dwelling houses. Sink into the atmosphere of traditional culture, have a cup of chrysanthemum tea and relax by bargaining on various kinds of handicrafts and local products. At dusk when the street lamps give off their dim lights in the thousand-year-old lanes, you will feel your every step echoing with the history of this ancient and attractive town.
 
Dongzha Scenic Area Xizha Scenic Area
Admission Fee
CNY 100
 
CNY 120
CNY 150 for Combination Ticket
Opening Hours 07:00 to 17:30 (winter)
07:00 to 18:00 (during the rest of the year)
08:00 to 17:00 (winter)
08:00 to 17:30 (during the rest of the year)
Tour Guide Service CNY 120 for a group CNY 200 for a group
Charter Boat Service Routes:
1. Car-park Wharf to Xinhua Bridge Wharf
2. Caishen (God of Wealth) Bay to Xinhua Bridge Wharf

Opening Hours: 08:00 to 17:00 (winter); 08:00 to 17:30 (during the rest of the year)

Fees for a single trip:
1. For individual traveler: CNY 30 for an adult, CNY 15 for a child below 1.5 meters.
The boat departs when all seats are taken.
2. For group travelers: CNY 160 if the total number is not more than 4, CNY 240 if the total number is greater than 4 and less than or equals to 8.

Note: Each boat can accommodate 8 passengers (including children and babies).
Routes:
1. South Route: Tourist Center Wharf to Ruyi Bridge Wharf
2. North Route: Tourist Center Wharf to Wangjinli Wharf

Opening Hours: 07:30 to 21:30

Fees for a single trip:
1. For individual traveler: CNY 60 for an adult, CNY 30 for a child below 1.5 meters.
The boat departs when all seats are taken.
2. For group travelers: CNY 200 if the total number is not more than 2, CNY 360 if the total number is greater than 3 and less than or equals to 6.

Note: each boat can accommodate 6 passengers (including children and babies).
 
Public Boat Service in Xizha Scenic Area Routes:
1. South Bank: Tourist Center – Tong’an Hotel – Lingshui (Live Water) Garden - Waterside Resort East – Waterside Resort West – Temple of General Wu
2. North Bank: Tourist Center - Zhaoming Academy Inn – Splendid Clubhouse – Shin Town Clubhouse – Heal Town Clubhouse

Fees: CNY 10 per person
Opening Hours: 07:30 to 17:00
Note: each boat can accommodate 8 passengers (including children and babies).
Sight-seeing bus in Xizha Scenic Area Fare: CNY 10 per person.
Note:
1. Each sight-seeing bus can accommodate 10 passengers (including children).
2. Travelers who accommodate inside the scenic area can take the sight-seeing bus for free if they show their room card or registration form.

Transportation:
From By Bus By Train
Shanghai Shanghai South Railway Station Long Distance Bus Station to Wuzhen Bus Station
Schedule: around every an hour from 07:29 to 18:17
Bus fare: CNY 51
Hongqiao Railway Station to Tongxiang Railway Station
 Shanghai Train Schedule

Note: Passengers from Pudong Airport can take airport shuttle bus line 1 or subway line 2 to reach Hongqiao Railway Station. Passengers from Hongqiao Airport can take subway line 10 or just walk around 15 to 20 minutes from T2 terminal to arrive at the railway station.
Suzhou 1. Suzhou South Bus Station to Wuzhen Bus Station
Schedule: around every an hour from 08:40 to 17:25
Bus fare: CNY 35

2. Suzhou North Square Bus Station (neighboring Suzhou Railway Station) to Wuzhen Bus Station
Schedule: around every an hour from 08:15 to 17:00
Bus fare: CNY 35
Suzhou / Suzhou North / Suzhou Industrial Park Railway Station to Tongxiang Railway Station

Please search the train schedule by clicking China Train Schedule.
Hangzhou Hangzhou Passenger Transport Central Bus Station (Jiubao Passenger Transport Center) to Wuzhen Bus Station.
Schedule: around 30 minutes from 07:00 to 18:20
Bus fare: CNY 30
Hangzhou / Hangzhou East Railway Station to Tongxiang Railway Station
 Hangzhou Train Schedule
Note:
1. After arriving at Wuzhen Bus Station, tourists can take local bus K350 to reach the scenic area.
2. After reaching at Tongxiang Railway Station, tourists can take bus K282 to Wuzhen Bus Station and then change bus K350 from there to the scenic area.
 Hangzhou Bus Search