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1 Day in Zhouzhuang Water Town

Zhouzhuang Water Town
Take metro line 1, 3, or 4 to Shanghai Railway Station and get out from Exit 6. Walk westwards to take a coach to Zhouzhuang at Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Terminal. After around 2 hours' ride, you will arrive at Zhouzhuang Bus Station. Then, take a taxi to the entrance of the water town. You will see a big arch when you alight. Go through the arch and turn southwards onto Quanfu Road at the first crossing. Walk for around 350 meters (380 yards) to find the Zhouzhuang Museum. Then follow this route to explore the essence of the town:

Zhouzhuang Museum - Milou Tower - Zhenfeng Cultural Street - Fu'an Bridge - Shen House - Zhang House - Two Bridges - Ancient Opera Stage - 1086 Slow Life District

When you finish this one-day Shanghai side trip to Zhouzhuang, walk back to the ancient arch to take a taxi to Zhouzhuang Bus Station and take the return bus back to Shanghai. You should notice that the last bus leaves at 16:30. Make sure you get there in time.
Highlights of Zhouzhuang Water Town
After 900 years of vicissitudes, Zhouzhuang Water Town still reserves its original looking. There you can appreciate more than 100 classical courtyards. More than half of the residences were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911), among which buildings of Shen House and Zhang House are the most representative ones.

Another highlight of Zhouzhuang is the 14 old bridges. Stand on the bridge and you can have a good view of residences with grey tiles and white walls lining along the waterway. Sometimes there are black-awning boats slowly rowing by to break the peace of the scenery.

Zhang House
Zhouzhuang Town is also the best place for backpackers to delve into the local cultural atmosphere. You can not only enjoy the traditional Ku Opera at the Ancient Opera Stage, but also get in a bar in 1086 Slow Life District to have a glass of wine while listening to beautiful ballads.

It must be a pity to have not tasted delicious local dishes when visiting Zhouzhuang. You can go feast your stomach along Zhenfeng Street, which is brimmed with workshops of various kinds of food, such as Wansan pork leg, Apo tea, and sweet green rice balls.
1. If interested, it is suggested you take a boat to drift along the water alley. The boarding dock is opposite Shen House and you will disembark near the Milou Tower. Six people can fit in one boat and it costs CNY 120 per boat.
2. For visitors who want to spend an extra day in Zhouzhuang, there are many hostels and themed inns inside the town. Among them, Tingyuxuan Inn near the eastern end of Longxing Bridge, Zhengutang Residential Inn to the east of Two Bridges, and Zhouzhuang Youth Hostel close to the Ancient Opera Stage are popular with backpackers.

Shanghai - Zhouzhuang bus ticketCNY 35
Taxi fareCNY 10 or so
Zhouzhuang Water TownCNY 100 including the entrance fee of 15 spots inside
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Asked by Jessica from INDONESIA | Feb. 17, 2016 04:37Reply
Transportation from Shanghai to Hangzhou Daming Mountain Ski Resort
We're planning to go to Daming Mountain Ski Resort from East Pudong. How to get there and how long will take to go there? Is it possible by one day? And it is still snowing on 10 March?

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Answered by Alena | Feb. 17, 2016 21:53

It is impossible to travel from Shanghai to Daming Mountain Ski Resort and back in a day as the tranportation is not convenient. From Shanghai, you can take bus at Shanghai South Bus Terminal(no. 666. Shilong Road) to Lin'an first(3.5 hours), then change another bus to the resort(2 hours). Or you may take express train from Shanghai to Hangzhou and then take bus from Hangzhou to the resort. The whole journey may take 8 hours in total.
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They should be the same show and the exact name is Shanghi circus world - ERA show.
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