Fengjing Ancient Town

Situated in Jinshan District, Fengjing Ancient Town is 57 kilometers (about 35 miles) from Shanghai City. Encompassing 2.09 square kilometers (about 516 acres), it has long been known as a typical ancient water town, as well as one of the four most famous towns in the south China. Others which enjoy similar reputations are Nanxun Ancient Town, Wangjiangjing in Zhejiang Province, and Shengze in Jiangsu Province.

Fengjing Ancient Town has a history of over 1,500 years. Demarcated by the boundary river in its center, it was governed separately by Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces from 1430 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

In the town, one will see many buildings, of which most are of the Ming and Qing style. They are mainly two-story structures of brick and timber with white washed walls and black-tile-covered roofs. Each has wing-rooms, dooryard and walkway. The total area of old residences in the four main streets reaches 48,750 square meters (about 12 acres), and nine locations among these are included in the Shanghai Unmovable Cultural Relics.

With its surrounding water network, the town boasts 52 bridges. Zhihe Bridge, with lichen in crevices of the stones, was built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Standing on the bridge, travelers will have a panoramic view of the trees and old houses. One also can see red lanterns hanging under the back eaves, which add a beautiful scene to the bridge at night. Another famous one is Rainbow Bridge, which is also distinctive.

Attracting great numbers of domestic and foreign visitors, Fengjing Ancient Town is worth a visit to find the old culture and customs of China. Strolling on these thoroughfares, visitors can view local people's way of life if they pay heed, even in the tea shops. Visitors also can listen to local operas when there is a performance.

Jinshan Peasants' Painting originated and flourished in Fengjing Ancient Town. With a unique art style, it has had great influence at home and abroad. And it favors Fengjing the "Home of Chinese Folk Painting". In addition, there are many other folk crafts, which are of long standing, such as blue allover, furniture-carving, kitchen mural, festival lanterns, paper-cuts and embroidery. Besides, the town has been famous for cotton textile since the Ming Dynasty. Cloth produced here owns a good brand in China. Visitors can try to make their own handicrafts in person.

It is worth noting that Fengjing Ancient Town is of diversified religions, which is seldom seen in South China. There are temples of Taoism and Buddhism, as well as Catholic and other Christian churches.

Another specialty in the town is local food delicacies, of which the yellow wine, pork trotter, Zhuang Yuan Cake and Tian Xiang Dry Bean Curd are known as the "Four Treasures of Fengjing".

How to get to Fengjing Ancient Town

1. Take metro line 1, and get off at Jinjiang Action Park Station. Then, walk to the New Southwest Bus Station where you can catch the Feng Mei Line to arrive in Fengjing in 45 minutes.
2. Take regular buses at Shanghai Tour Bus Center Hong Kou Branch. There are direct buses to Fengjing Ancient Town every day.
Shanghai Bus / Metro Search

Opening Hours May to September: 08:00 - 17:00
October to April: 08:00 - 16:30
Ticket Price Fengjing Ancient Town: CNY 50
Peasants' Painting Village: CNY 30

Children between 1.3 and 1.5 meters (4.3 and 4.9 feet) enjoy half price.
Children under 1.3 meters are admitted for free.

 See also:
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Qibao Ancient Town
Xinchang Ancient Town 
8 Best Water Towns near Shanghai
 A Complete Guide to 15 Shanghai Old Towns
 Will Shanghai Snow in Winter? 8 Places to See Snow
- Last updated on Dec. 18, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Fengjing Ancient Town
Asked by Jan from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 30, 2017 20:39Reply
Hello. I plan to go to Fengjing Ancient Town or Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.
Is there any significant difference between the two?
Thank you. Jan
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Answered by Skyler from RUSSIA | Jan. 31, 2017 00:24

Well, both of them are popular ancient towns in the city. If you have enough time, these two scenic areas are worth to tour around. If I have to choose one, I prefer to go to Fengjing Ancient Town. This town is less commercialized. Tourists can feel more natural flavor in there. Have a nice journey!
Asked by Nads from USA | Jul. 18, 2016 02:44Reply
From Fengjing Ancient Town, is there also a bus that can take me back to the Southwest Bus Station?
I know that you provided directions to the place, but from there, how do I get back to the subway Line 1?
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Answered by Rainie from USA | Jul. 19, 2016 04:19

Certainly! For the return trip, you can take bus Feng Mei Line from Fengjing Bus Station to the terminus: Meilong Station. The Meilong Station is adjacent to Jinjiang Amuseument Park Station, Metro Line 1. :)
Answered by Nads from USA | Jul. 30, 2016 23:55

Hong Kou Station is the football stadium one, yes?
Answered by Rainie | Aug. 03, 2016 01:03

Yes, it is Hongkou Football Stadium Station.
Asked by Cindy from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 13, 2016 05:22Reply
Can I do a self guided trip to Fengjing Ancient Town from Shanghai?
I am not sure where we are staying but it will be in the centre somewhere. Is there an entrance fee to enter the water town?
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Answered by Emily from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 14, 2016 00:52

Sure! You may take metro line 1 to Jinjiang Park Station. Then, take bus Fengmei line from Meilong Station to Fengjing Archway Station. Afterwards, walk north to the ancient town. You need to pay CNY 50 to visit the water town.
Asked by Zoe from CHINA | Oct. 20, 2015 09:26Reply
What is the best way to Fengjing Ancient Town from Nanjing?
Is it easier to get there from Shanghai or can I get there from Suzhou? I live in Nanjing.
I'm interested in the Peasants Painting village. Is it easy to find once you get to the town?
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Answered by Grace from POLAND | Oct. 22, 2015 02:57

Well, it's ok for you to start from Nanjing.
You can take bullet train from Nanjing Railway Station, and get off at Main Railway Station first. Then take subway line 1 to Jinjiang Park Station, Exit 2. Then take bus Fengmei Line at Meilong Station, get off at Fengjing Pailou Station. After that, walk north around 340 yards to find the ancient town.
In addition, it's not difficult for you to find the place. Don't worry.
Asked by Justin Wong from SINGAPORE | Aug. 31, 2011 23:55Reply
Is there local guide available at the entrance and what is their charges? Do we need a tour guide or we can just roam about on our own?

How far is it away from Elite Residences Shanghai at No. 889 Changning Road? How can we get there, by bus or subway and how long does it take?
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Answered by Jamie from CHINA | Sep. 01, 2011 01:27

About 70km and it takes over 2 hours by public transportation. There is no direct bus from your hotel to get there. The local guide is available there at the entrance and the fare is 50RMB, but no idea about English guide. Anyway, change to Subway Line 1 to Xinzhuang. Then got to its south square and take 莘枫专线 sepcial bus to get there.
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