Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Home Do and See Attractions Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao Water Town is one of the four ancient towns in Shanghai, popularly known as Shanghai’s Venice. It is more than 1,700 years old, with archaeological findings dating back to even 5,000 years ago.

The little fan-shaped town, nestled amidst lakes and mountains, is also known as Pearl Stream because of its many glistening streams. It is located in Qingpu District on the outskirts of Shanghai, 50km away from the Bund.

The charming and tranquil town is marked by unique bridges spanning numerous waterways lined by willow trees; stone-cobbled pathways; several historical sites; and traditional Chinese style ancient houses with courtyards and private gardens dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Zhujiajiao Water Town

In the period of the Three Kingdoms, Zhujiajiao prospered as a trading and business zone with regular country fairs due to its many canals which were used to transport goods like rice and cloth. Historical rice shops, banks, spice stores are still found today.

Zhujiajiao has many sights of historic interest including Y-Art Gallery, Tongtianhe Medicine Shop, Qing Dynasty Post Office, City God Temple, Shanghai Handwork Exhibition Hall, Imperial Academy Stele Museum, Shanghai Quanhua Art Hall, Yuanjin Meditation Room and Buddhist Temple, Kezhi Garden, Fangsheng Bridge.

Recently there has been an influx of overdevelopment, tourism, and a number of artsy bars, cafes, and shops opened up by millennials who have started settling here.

Basic Information

Admission Fee: No fee for the village itself. Combo Tickets are for the attractions inside the town.
RMB 120 for a cruise boat and nine scenic spots
RMB 60.00 for eight scenic spots
RMB 30.00 for four scenic spots
Free for children below 1.3 meters
Opening Hours: 08:30 – 16:30
Time required: 5 hours
Popular activities: Boating, walking, seeing the ancient buildings and bridges, and photography
Transport: Because of its numerous waterways, most of Zhujiajiao’s internal transport is by boat.

Zhujiajiao Water Town

9 Things to Do in Zhujiajiao Water Town

  1. Try some of the famous cuisine including green soybeans, Zarou, and lotus roots, besides checking out the local cafes, teahouses, coffeehouses, and restaurants.
  2. Zhujiajiao is famous for its 36 distinctive bridges built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, in different shapes, sizes, styles, and materials ranging from wood to stone to marble. Fangsheng Bridge is the most iconic one, built in 1571. It is the longest, tallest, and largest stone bridge in Shanghai, 70m long and 5.8m tall, with five symmetric arches. The central arch has a stone tablet named Dragon Gate Stone with eight dragons coiled around a pearl, and the end pillars have four stone sculpted lions.  
  3. Stroll along Zhujiajiao’s nine ancient streets, with North Street being the most popular one, lined with old buildings, restaurants, and coffee shops.  line both sides of the narrow street.
  4. Kezhi Yuan is a garden built in 1912. It features a five-storey building with a pavilion on its roof, a green space, and a man-made hill.
  5. Enjoy Zhujiajiao’s waters via a boat ride. Canal gondolas will take you up and down the main canal, or around town, while the larger cruise boats are for lake trips.
  6. See the history and culture of Zhujiajiao in the Culture and Art Museum through various paintings and statues.
  7. Go inside the old Post Office, built in 1903, to see the development of China’s postal service. Exhibits include ancient letters written on bamboo, stamps, envelopes, paintings, and antique postcards of old Shanghai. 
  8. Visit the Handicraft Exhibition Hall, in a 200-year-old house, which hosts hundreds of artists from all over China.
  9. There are countless little shops in Zhujiajiao selling unique hand-made traditional wares including textiles, jewelry, antique carved wood sculptures, furniture, hand-woven traditional local cloth, Chinese instruments from the ancient Qin era, traditional teapots and teacups, Chinese porcelain wares, and dragons and monsters made out of twine and pearls. Another specialty is wooden puzzles with interlocking parts originally invented by the wood-puzzle maker Luban from 500BC.

Tips for Zhujiajiao Water Town

  • The town is crowded with local and foreign visitors on weekends and public holidays, so it is better to visit on weekdays.
  • Since many areas have become touristy, go to the smaller alleys where the older local residents live to get the original flavor of the town.  
  • Zhujiajiao Water Village is a good trip to make if you have a one-day layover in Shanghai.

Recommended Hotels in Zhujiajiao Water Town

Location

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Getting to Zhujiajiao Water Town

By Taxi
By Metro Line 17 – get off at Zhujiajiao Station, then walk 15 mins to the town;
By Bus
The Huzhu Express Line or Huzhu Special Line to Zhujiajiao Bus Station, then walk 15 mins; By the Tourism Bus at Shanghai Stadium or Hongkou Soccer Stadium to Zhujiajiao; By the Pink Bus from Pu’an Road Bus Station or Shanghai Ti Yu Guan Station.

Shanghai Circus World (ERA)

Over the last couple of decades, Shanghai has developed extremely fast. What used to be a small river town is now one...

Former French Concession Private Walking Tour

Of the many attractions in Shanghai, the Former French Concession is one of the most visited places. It is an especially popular...

Shanghai Shopping Private Tour with Local Shopping Guru

If you want to take a tour of shopping in Shanghai that is pocket-friendly then choose this one. It is very simple...

Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

Indulge yourself on a tour of Shanghai that offers a whole new take on the sights that it offers its visitors. This...

Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai

Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai overlooks the Bund and the Huangpu River, is located in the Lujiazui financial...

Primus Hotel Shanghai Sanjiagang

Primus Hotel Shanghai Sanjiagang is located in Shanghai within 19.3 km of Shanghai Disneyland and 25.7 km...

Primus Hotel Shanghai Hongqiao

Offering a spa center and fitness center, Primus Hotel Shanghai Hongqiao is located just an 11-minute drive...

Grand Hyatt Shanghai

Crowning the prestigious 88-storey Jin Mao Tower, Grand Hyatt Shanghai begins on the 53rd floor and rises...

People’s Square

People's Square Park is the colorful town square of Shanghai, its main public square and park, and Shanghai’s most central landmark. It...

The Bund

The Bund, also known as Wai Tan, is the number one tourist spot in Shanghai. Owing to its iconic stature and...

Shanghai Wild Animal Park

Shanghai Wild Animal Park is one of the top rated Tourist places in Shanghai, stretching over an area of 378 acres with...

Jade Buddha Temple

In 1882, a Buddhist monk named Huigen brought to Shanghai two magnificent buddhas from Burma by sea. The two buddhas, one reclining and one...

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

Shanghai Marriott is located in Downtown Shanghai. It is at walking distance from East Nanjing Pedestrian Street...

Grand Hyatt Shanghai

Crowning the prestigious 88-storey Jin Mao Tower, Grand Hyatt Shanghai begins on the 53rd floor and rises...

Primus Hotel Shanghai Sanjiagang

Primus Hotel Shanghai Sanjiagang is located in Shanghai within 19.3 km of Shanghai Disneyland and 25.7 km...

The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

Yangtze Boutique is located just next to People’s Square. Built in 1934, this hotel provides the perfect...

JW Marriott Shanghai at Tomorrow Square

Occupying the higher floors of Tomorrow Square beside People's Square, JW Marriott Hotel offers rooms with excellent...

Hyatt on the Bund

Strategically located at the northern end of the Bund, Hyatt on the Bund...

Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

Grand Central Hotel Shanghai is situated in the bustling Bund-East Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street commercial area in...

Primus Hotel Shanghai Hongqiao

Offering a spa center and fitness center, Primus Hotel Shanghai Hongqiao is located just an 11-minute drive...

Shanghai Circus World (ERA)

Over the last couple of decades, Shanghai has developed extremely fast. What used to be a small river town is now one...

Former French Concession Private Walking Tour

Of the many attractions in Shanghai, the Former French Concession is one of the most visited places. It is an especially popular...

Shanghai Shopping Private Tour with Local Shopping Guru

If you want to take a tour of shopping in Shanghai that is pocket-friendly then choose this one. It is very simple...

Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

Indulge yourself on a tour of Shanghai that offers a whole new take on the sights that it offers its visitors. This...

Shanghai Old and New Highlights – Private Full-Day Tour

If you have a day and want to take a journey through the history of Shanghai then this is the trip for...

Huangpu River Cruise – Private Evening Tour

Shanghai has a personality that keeps on evolving with the passing of every minute. Every moment you spend there allows you to...

Shanghai Tower Observation Deck and Amazing Lights Private Tour

A great way of enjoying Shanghai is to take a tour that is built around your preferences. This trip offers exactly that,...

Xi’an and Beijing by Air from Shanghai

The Beijing Xian Shanghai tour will take you from Pudong Airport to Xi'an where you will begin by visiting the Terracotta Warriors...