Anchang Ancient Town

Anchang Ancient Town, in the northwest part of Shaoxing County, Zhejiang Province, is a famous ancient town in Shaoxing. Like Zhouzhuang and Tongli, Anchang is a typical waterlogged town, more serene and picturesque than the others. The Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport is around 30 km (18 mi) away. The town can date back to North Song Dynasty (960-1127), though most residences were built in Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). Shaoxing traditional customs are still observed.

The mile long slates paved old street makes this town an important commercial center and markets in history. The street is along the north bank of a river, parallel to residence on the south bank. Different kinds of small traditional workshops are found along the street, in which products are sold. Visitors can see how people cook traditional food on the spot.

There are seventeen stone bridges all presented in different styles. They all have their own stories. The better known bridges  are Fulu Bridge, Wanan Bridge and Ruyi Bridge. Wanan stone arch bridge connects the east and west streets. Brides went across the three bridges to their weddings. Other bridges are all worth seeing.
The six neighbourhood attractions are Suikang Private Bank, Stone Sculpture Museum, Anchang Huangxingbu, Private Consultant Museum (Shiye Museum), China Bank Site and Town’s God Temple.

Shaoxing Private Consultant Museum, near the Xinan Bridge, exhibits the local “Private Consultant Culture”. Most consultants or solicitors came from Shaoxing and especially from Anchang in Qing Dynasty, so their residences are everywhere. Statues in the museum present how the court trial was made in Qing Dynasty and how these consultants’ made their living. 

Suikang Private Bank and China Bank operated there. Suikang Private Bank, operated from 1850 to 1949 there, now keeps an old coins collection and the owner’s calligraphy and painting. The exhibits in the China Bank Site include a big counter, account books, lamps, abacus, wall clock and a telephone are arranged as of old. There is also a vault inside the bank.

In the Sculpture Museum, about 200 pieces of stone sculptures are kept. Anchang Huangxingbu is the earliest cotton industry center in Shaoxing. In the Huangxingbu, twelve Tapestry autographed by emperors, old clothes and old weaving machines are on display. Local wedding customs can also be seen in the museum.

 Travel Tips:
Admission Fee: No charge for entering the town. Charges apply when visiting the six main attractions and the combo ticket for all is CNY35. Single tickets are CNY10 for Private Consultant Museum and CNY5 for Custom Museum.

The Shaoxing City bus line 118 takes visitors to Anchang Hotel where the ancient town is within walking distance. The bus fare is around CNY4 and the bus journey takes about one hour.

The best time to visit is January. A festival related to local custom is held in January annually. Featured craft activities such as trussing wooden bucket, spinning cotton, making cloth shoes and so on are shown during the festival. Beating waist carrying drums, performing folk operas, local wedding ceremony on water and other fantastic activities are all common events.

Mornings and nights both are enjoyable in the town, so if time is no consideration, staying overnight is recommended.

Black-awning boat ride is highly recommended at the water town. It is CNY10 to CNY15 for a single trip and CNY20 for a round trip.

Anchang ancient town is a godsend for photographer. 

 Furthur Reading:
Top 10 Water Towns in China

- Last updated on Jul. 19, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Anchang Ancient Town
Asked by nix from USA | Nov. 26, 2023 23:14Reply
Can i take a taxi to Anchang from hangzhou
We are near west lake n wld like to go to Anchang for a 1 day trip. Would like to know the estimate price for a taxi to Anchang
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Answered by Hailey | Nov. 27, 2023 22:47

The price ranges from CNY120-200. It is better negotiate the price before boarding.
Asked by Poeti Roberto from ITALIA | Oct. 07, 2015 07:23Reply
I'll go to Anchang Ancient Town from Hangzhou
I know it's necessary to take the bus from Passenger Transport Central Station to Keqiao , and after by taxi to the town . Isn't it ?
Can you tell me the bus schedule Hangzhou - Keqiao round trip , and how long is the journey ?
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Answered by Jess from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 08, 2015 20:00

Yes, this bus route is suggested.
From Hangzhou to Keqiao, the bus schedules are from 06:35 to 18:05 with the interval of around 20 mins. The duration is about 1.5 hours.
From Keqiao to Hangzhou, the buses depart from 06:10 to 17:30 with the interval of 30 mins.
Asked by Poeti Roberto from ITALIA | Oct. 01, 2015 08:05Reply
I'll go to Anchang Ancient Town from Hangzhou .
I know it's necessary to take the bus from Passenger Transport Central Station and the bus stops in Keqiao . Isn't it ? Can you tell me the bus schedule round trip , and how long is the journey ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Heidi from USA | Oct. 07, 2015 20:34

From 06:35 to 18:05, there are about 16 buses available. The bus fare is CNY22, and the journey time is about 60 – 70 mins. Upon arrival, take a taxi to the ancient town, and the fare is about CNY30 around.

As I know, from Keqiao to Hangzhou, the bus runs at an interval of 30 mins around from 06:10 to 17:30. The fare is about CNY18.
Asked by | Mar. 28, 2014 15:57Reply
How do you get to anchang from Hangzhou
We are near west lake and would like to go to the ancient town by bus
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Answered by Mina from CANADA | Mar. 29, 2014 03:42

I suggest you go to Passenger Transport Central Station to take a bus to Keqiao. Then transfer to local bus no. 268 or 208 to your destination! Or take a taxi to get there upon your arriving at Keqiao!
Asked by Marita from CANADA | Mar. 24, 2014 17:55Reply
How do you get to anchang from Hangzhou
We are near west lake and would like to go to anchang by bus but don't know where to catch the bus. Thank you for your help.
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Answered by March from USA | Mar. 24, 2014 20:28

Generally speaking, you can go to the HZ Central Bus Station to take a bus for Shaoxing Central Bus Station first.
Upon reaching, you can walk out of the station and walk along the Erhuan North Road to the Chang An Cheng Diao Huan Dao Bus Station, where you can find the local public bus line 158, so you can take this line to An Chang Ren Min Yi Yuan Station. Then you can walk to the ancient town.

The bus stations I give you are in Chinese Pingyin and you can ask the hotel staff in HZ to identify them.
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