Traveling Around: Zhouzhuang, China (The life of an international school teacher is good!)
June 11, 2018
Traveling Around: Zhouzhuang, China
Can you relate?
- If you visit Shanghai take a day or two side trip to an ancient water town, there are many.
- Take a canal cruise and have the boatswain sing to you.
- Use a driver from Zhouzhuang 600RMB (Tom 150-5166 5990, lives in Zhouzhang and has a family), a driver from Shanghai 2000RMB.
- Zhouzhuang makes it’s own beer and has a local distillery!
- This town is difficult to find a C-Trip hotel. Anyplace to stay in the city is listed as a Historical Site. After we booked a hotel under construction the Mayor came to our rescue!
- The lady in charge of tourism found a room for us with an older couple in the center of the preserved district for about 75RMB per night (including hot tea morning and night!)
- Remember, no parking in this ancient city. This place was not designed for cars! Commercial hotels are outside the ancient boundaries.
- Many artists with high quality artwork on sale on the streets of town. We got a great calligraphy by a struggling artist.
- Fishermen use cormorants to fish in Lake Taishi thus the reason so many boathouses as boats and birds come to roost.
- Zhouzhaung is known for the “double bridges”.
- Chinese Opera House on the “Ancient Platform” rebuilt in the year 2000.
- Many great silk shops, ties three for 60RMB
- Shops that spin their own cotton and make clothing of all sizes!
- Fantastic teapots made from stone!
- Shen Wansan, the first millionaire in the Lower Yangtze is from Zhouzhuang!
- Lot’s of walking around, many bridges, shops everywhere!
- Many places to eat, traditional Chinese food with reasonable prices.
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