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Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town

Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town

Located to the southeast of Suzhou, Zhouzhuang is acclaimed as”NO.1 water town of China”. With a long history of 900 years, Zhouzhuang is well-preserved and has more than 60% architecture in Ming and Qing Dynasties. Due to its convenient water transportation, Zhouzhuang once was an important distributing center of grains, silk, porcelain wares and crafts in history. With captivating and elegant architecture along rivers, Zhouzhuang reflects ancient and tranquil atmosphere, embodying the typical ancient water town’s characteristics of stone bridges, flowing water and distinctive buildings.

Bridges are the perennial theme of ancient water towns, linking its mysterious history and bright future. Zhouzhuang is not an exception. There are 14 old-style bridges built in Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties in Zhouzhuang, among which the most famous are the Twin Bridges Consisting of Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge. The design of the Twin Bridges is unique. Shide Bridge is east-west and has a round arch, while Yongan Bridge is north-south and the bridge arch is square, with the two bridges jointing together to form a right angle over a stream. A piece of painting” Memory of Hometown” which made by famous artist, Chen Yifei and depicted beauty of the Twin Bridges was exhibited in the United State with other 37 canvas in 1984. It is just the painting that aroused attentions of people to Zhouzhuang and attracted tourists to flock to enjoy its beauty. Now, the Twin Bridges is still popular materials for artists and you will see some artists concentrating on depicting it when you strolling about Zhouzhuang.

Among the elegant ancient architecture, Shen House is well worthy visiting. In the style of Qing Dynasty, the Shen House is divided into three sections: the first is the water gate and wharf where the family moored boats and washed clothes; the middle section is the main house to receive guests and discussing important things consisting of tea hall and main hall which are decorated with elegant furniture. The third part is the living rooms in comfortable atmosphere.

Zhouzhuang is increasingly becoming a popular destination of tourist enthusiasts. Many tourists come to here to seek peace and retreat only to find the tiny town crowding with tourists from all over the world. So, tourists should not miss the peaceful night of Zhouzhuang which has hided the day’s clamor and display its real nature of ancient town.


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