The venice of the east - Zhouzhuang
Have you heard of the "Venice of the East" - Zhouzhuang? It is one of the famous ancient towns which you cannot miss in the Eastern China. Zhouzhuang attracts a large number of travelers every year. Zhouzhuang attractions include bridges, houses and tower. There are also lots of things to do in Zhouzhuang. Traveling in Zhouzhuag could be the perfect choice of your journey in China.
Zhouzhuang is also known as Zhouzhuang water village which is surrounded and divided by lakes and rivers. Many stone bridge cross the rivers, showing distinctive views of the water-town. (You can also see the Tongli Water Town Tour) So it is thought by many to be the best waterside town in China. Zhouzhuang water village has been classified as a first class scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration, which lies in between Shanghai and Suzhou. It has a history of more than 900 years old with many houses built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Shen House is one of the famous Zhouzhuang attractions. Built in 1742 A.D. and located at the southeast side of the Fu'an Bridge, Shen's House is a building with Qing-style. It occupies an area of more than 2,000 sq. m. (21,528 sq. ft.) and over 100 rooms. Fu'an Bridge, which was the ancient perfect unique architecture as combination of the single-arch bridge, was built in 1355 A.D. during the Yuan Dynasty. Top Zhouzhuang attractions also include Twin Bridges which is commonly known as the key bridge. It is composed with Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge. The Twin Bridges looks like the key that used in the ancient times. It is also the symbol of Zhouzhuang water village. Please look at Shanghai/Suzhou/Mt. Huangshan 9 Day Tour to find more information.
Things to do in Zhouzhuang are to take boating, walking along the ancient streets and tasting the famous snacks. There are many boat tours that will take you all around to see the entire town. The beauty of Zhouzhuang water village is specially to be found along the waterside lanes and around a number of the stone bridges. You can enjoy the fairyland atmosphere of the evenings here when the myriad stars twinkle as though in communication with the glittering lights. When you are walking along the Zhenfeng Street, you may see the tradition handicraft such as blacksmith, paper cutting and clay sculpture.
Tasting the famous snacks is one of the most exciting things to do in Zhouzhuang. As a local saying goes, "Where there is a family feast, there is the dish of crisp Wansan Pork Shank." Wansan Pork Shank is prepared with a superb recipe. Well-marbled roast of hind legs of hogs are steamed or braised for a whole day in a large casserole with mixed ingredients. Once you taste Wansan Pork Shank, you will never forget the taste. The Wansan's Family Feast Restaurant is highly recommended to visit. The restaurant is located on the Fu'an Bridge, which is recommended for classical style food and still retains the Ming-style including Wansan Pork Shank.
Zhouzhuang water village could be the first choice for you to visit the Chinese ancient towns. All of the Zhouzhuang attractions are waiting for you. You will never feel bored because there are a lot of things to do in Zhouzhuang. Having a good time here will will help you to know more about Chinese culture.