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Wuzhen

Wuzhen under blue skyAn ancient town on water, Wuzhen locates in Tongxiang City, North of Zhejiang Province where is crisscrossed by rivers and studded with lakes. With a two-thousand-year history,  it has ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, and stone pathways between the mottled walls and delicate wood carvings. It gives a unique experience through its profound cultural background. 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.

Wuzhen is famous for its natural beauty. Around Wealth God's Pond are a variety of architectures of water region style, such as halls, covered corridors, and water pavilions. The Bridge in Bridge and the Fengyuan Twin Bridge are the most unique bridges in the town. A unique structure in Wuzhen, the water pavilion is similar with the stilted building in Fenghuang Ancient Town in western Hunan Province. Wuzhen is at its best on rainy days. Meandering with an umbrella on an old lane passing the centuries-old wooden houses and viewing the rain flow off the engraved eaves that cover the doorways is an charming experience. The falling raindrops causes ripples on the surface of the river, while boats travel back and forth. The waterside pavilions and corridors as well as the arched bridges, all shrouded in drizzle, make up a wonderful scene.

Beautiful Wuzhen

Wuzhen's uniqueness lies in its layout, being 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) long and divided into six districts. They are: Traditional Workshops District, Traditional Local-Styled DweAncient Houseslling 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 Wuzhen that have been preserved intact.

It is said that people have lived in Wuzhen for 7000 years and over time it has produced a galaxy of talents. The most outstanding one is Mao Dun, a modern Chinese writer, who was born here and described vividly the life of Wuzhen in his masterpiece, 'The Lin's Shop'.

Tradition in Wuzhen is still quite alive. Except for flower-drum opera, shadow-puppet shows, and temple fairs, Wuzhen also retains its time-honored art of making indigo-dyed printed calico that was used for curtains, scarves, and tablecloth in every household in the countryside of Zhejiang in ancient times. Today, it is still common to see old women in indigo-blue gowns leisurely operating spinning wheels or looms at weaving workshops in the old lanes of Wuzhen, while the squeaks of the looms resound throughout the lanes. Carrying on this old tradition has become a part life of the old women.

People in Wuzhen lead a simple life. Many people breed silkworms and raise chrysanthemums, and they have mostly kept the tradition of buying fruit and vegetables from trade boats Beautiful Wuzhenthrough the windows of their waterside houses. Their way of living has formed an inherited harmony of man and nature and enjoy the pleasing living environment that comes from social progress.

 

Wuzhen Tour

During the tour to Wuzhen, all the tourists will experience the life style of Yangtze River Delta and enjoy the beautiful scenery!