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Tour Code:  2 days Venice tour Wuzhen , Xitang, Tongli

Itinerary: Wuzhen: The Former Residence of Mao Dun,Jiangnan Hundred beds Museum,Sanbai Wine Workshop, handdriver boat ; Xitang:lane, bridges and house; Tongli: 3 bridges, Ming&Qing Street, Tuisi Garden,

Detail of itinerary:

Wuzhen,Wuzhen-the cover of Jiangnan, the last resting-on-water town in China. It is an over 1000 years old town located at the north of Tongxiang county,it is about 120km away fromShanghai.It is one of the oldest and typical waterside town in the south of Yangzi river, where showed the traditional china living , folk culture and is famous for the well known novelist Mao dun.

The Former Residence of Mao DunThe Former Residence of Mao Dun is a traditional wood civilian building in Kangnam with a total area of 600 square meters. This is the place where the famous wirter Mao Dun in our country born and lived.Mao Dun (1896-1981), a native of Tongxiang County whose real name is Shen Dehong,was a famous writer and translator in China.

Jiangnan Hundred beds Museum Jiangnan Hundred beds Museum, located in No.210 of the East Street, covers an area of more than 1200 square meters. This is the first museum to collect and show Jiangnan beds, with tens of delicate ancient beds dating to Ming, Qing Dynasty and modern times, both for rich person and normal person. All these beds are showed with their exquisite craft and unique style, which reflects our working people's superb technology. The museum have two halls.

Sanbai Wine Workshop The workshop has the typical pattern of a shop in the front and a workshop at the back. The shop covers about 90m2, and the workshop over 1,300m2, making about 200L of wine everyday. The products mainly include 55oC Sanbai Wine, 12oC white glutinous rice wine, and 4oC sweet wine. These three kinds of wine are all hand-made with traditional technique. Among them, the Sanbai Wine made with white rice, white flour and white water is the main product,because white in chinese is pronounced bai, so the wine becalled sanbai wine and Gaogongsheng workshop be called Sanbai Wine Workshop. In the Ming Dynasty, there were over 20 brewing workshops in Wuzhen, and the three most famous ones where Gaogongsheng, Shunxing and yongsheng. However, only Gaogongsheng Workshop remains today. Gaogongsheng workshop is the formerly name of Sanbai Wine Workshop, the workshop was set up in early Ming Dynasty. The Sanbai Wine made by the workshop is well-known for its full-bodied flavor and taste, the soft feeling in mouth, and the refreshing and lingering aftertaste. When Zhu Yuanzhang, the emperor of Ming Dynasty ascended the throne in Nanjing, Sanbai Wine made by Gaogongsheng Workshop was listed as articles of tribute, and the workshop itself flourished.

Xitang (2hour drive from shanghai) densely distributed with rivers and has a very quiet natural environment. 9 rivers converge in this town,dividing it into 8 sections,but many bridges link this water town together.Inside the town,there are many well-preserved architectural groups constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties,which boast a higher artistry and study value,thus being highlighted by the experts at home and abroad studying antique buildings. Through a bird's-eye view of the whole town,green waves ripple everywhere and every family resides near water. In the morning,water flows beneath bridges,thin mist is like silk,pinkish walls on both banks stand tall and erect and tiled houses are reflected inversely in the water.In the evening,the setting sun shines slantwise,songs come from fishing boats,lamps flicker and the fragrance of wine drifts. The whole old town is like a poem and a picture.In this town,people will feel that they are seemingly in an earthly paradise.It is hard to know that people exist in the picture or picture exists in the heart of people.

Lanes: Except the ceiling corridor the lanes are another eye-catching area in Xitang. There are many lanes here, long and short, wide and narrow. Some are dark all the year round; some are simply the drain of two families; most of them were the main artery of the town in the old days. Among all the different lanes, the narrowest is about 80cm (about 31 inches) wide and provides space for only one person to pass through at a time. The lanes are like ropes connecting the whole town into an organic net and no matter from which point you start, you can find any other place in the town.

Bridges: The bridges to the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River are like the hyperlink to the internet. They are indispensable not only in terms of convenience but also in terms of beauty. Waterways are interwoven in Xitang, so it is not surprising that many bridges cross over the rivers. Here the creative shapes of bridges are very different from each other. What's more, beautiful legends about these bridges are still spread among the people. The craftsmanship of these well-preserved bridges is so masterly that they are indeed a feast for your eyes. Exquisite bridges dot the mirror-like rivers one after another, like flaring clusters of diamonds on the neck of the old town.

Houses: In the old town of Xitang, people who live there are not rich, so no newer modern houses have been built there. That's maybe one of the reasons why the old constructions are preserved as a whole almost without damage. In those archaic houses, besides the culture and value of the houses themselves, there are also displays of cultural relics or woodcarvings or eaves tiles collected by the house owner. To this day there are exhibitions of the ancient rare books of the owners passed down from generation to generation or rubbings from a stone inscription of a famous calligrapher. .

Ming&Qing Street , 160 meters long, is still paved with the original boulder strips, and the architectures on both sides with the original appearance were mainly built in Ming and Qing dynasties; going down the street, tourists will find many high-grade shops aligned row upon row, selling local specialties, various calligraphies and paintings, exquisite handicraft articles, and many tasty snacks cooked for immediate consumption. There are many lanes between streets, most of which are narrow and long such as Chunaxin Lane in Yuxing Street. Chuanxin Lane is 300 meters long, and tinkle sound will come out when people walk on it; the reason lies in the hallow space under these boulder strips which are paved in disorder by intention with various cracks left. Therefore, tinkle sound comes out when people walk in the winding lane.

Tongli formerly known as Futu, changed its name as “Tongli (铜里)” in early Tang dynasty due to its luxuriousness, and the current name “Tongli (同里)” can be traced back to Song dynasty when people re-created the two characters of “fu (富)” and “tu (土)”. Tongli ancient town with beautiful scenery is surrounded by five lakes, namely Tongli, Jiuli, Yeze, Nanxing and Pangshan. The town is divided into 7 small islands by 15 rivers arranged like the Chinese character “川” connected by 49 ancient bridges, making these islands an integrated area. The architectures built by riverside, famous for “small bridge, flowing stream and thatched households".

Tuisi Garden was built from 1885 AD to 1887 AD. It is originally owned by Ren Lansheng. The name originates from “Be loyal to the emperor when serving the court and reflect upon oneself when retreating from the post” in Tso Chuan. Its designer Yuan Long took actions that suited the local circumstances of Jiangnan Region and finished the Garden in two years after elaborate design. The 9.8-mu Garden, simple and unsophisticated, quiet and elegant, is an area with typical architectural style of Jiangnan Garden in late Qing dynasty.Tuisi Garden, with the characteristics of garden of Qing dynasty, is a classic work of Jiangnan classical garden. Chinese landscaper Chen Congzhou regards Tuisi Garden as “Waterside Garden” inspired by “The wise find pleasure in water; the virtuous find pleasure in hills” of Confucius. The profound cultural connotation of Tuisi Garden, together with the long history of Tongli, makes tourists fall into reverie and enlightenment. In 2001, Tuisi Garden was listed as world’s Cultural Heritage

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Service level: Comfort

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Group size:4 - 6 persons

Transportation type: Taxi/Mini van

Room type: 4 star hotel

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Day 1 Wuzhen old water town and Xitang old water town

Day 2 Xitang old water town and Tongli old water town


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  • Availability:Every Day
  • Includes :English speaking guide, private transfer, simple lunch, entrance fee for spots
  • Excludes: Tips for guide and driver, other private cost
  • Book 7 days in advance is better
  • Cancellation policy:3 days in advance