Water towns located either in the suburban area of Shanghai or close to Shanghai are the must-go places when you visit the city. Among the most popular towns are Xitang, an ancient scenic town in Zhejiang; Wuzhen, a historic scenic town in northern Zhejiang Provincel Zhouzhuang, a town in Jiangsu Province. Unlike the towns listed above, Zhujiajiao rose to its fame only in recent years, with its scenery rivaling other typical Chinese water towns.
Wikipedia has a cover on Zhujiajiao:
Zhujiajiao is a water village on the outskirts of Shanghai, and was formed about 1,700 years ago. Archaeological findings dating back 5,000 years have also been found. 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiajiao, and thousands of ancient buildings still line the riverbanks today. Many centuries-old stone buildings are home to residents today, as they were for many dynasties in the past.
Despite its relaxing atmosphere, the town is somewhat over-commercialized:
One good thing about this is you could always find something to eat to keep you from feeling boring.
This guys can draw your name!
Two of the must-see places in the town are Great Qing Post Office(大清邮局) and Kezhi Garden(课植园), be sure visit these two before your end your trip.
Great Qing Post Office briefs the development of Chinese post office.
Kezhi Garden (Ke, or课, means study; zhi, or 植, means farming / cultivating)
For people familiar with Chinese history/literature, this is the place, you might be familiar with the owner of the this private garden – Ma Wenqing, or 马文卿. I found this introduction of the garden on the brochure for Zhujiajiao:
Built in 1912, the owner spent 300,000 taels of silvers and 15 years in building the garden. The architecture in the garden is a combination of the Chinese traditional and the Western styles rarely found in the country.
I took a final shot of the this water-town when we left in the afternoon:
Travel Tips: Do bargain if you are buying things. You could save a lot of money.
Option 1: Shanghai Tour Bus Center’s Tour Line 4 (boarding place: by No.5 escalator of Shanghai Stadium);
Option 2: If you live near People Square, take the Special High Line at the intersection of Pu’an Road (普安路) and Middle Jinling Road (金陵中路). It costs 12 RMB and the bus ride takes around an hour.
Option 3: Shanghai-Zhujiajiao Line (onboard at old North Chengdu Road and Middle Yan’an Roan)
Address: Xinfeng Rd., Zhujiajiao Village
Useful Links: http://en.zhujiajiao.com/en/food/index.html