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Tour Code:  2 days Venice tour Nanxun , Xitang, ZhouZhuang

Itinerary:  Nanxun: Little Lotus Garden, Jiaye Library, Zhangshiming's former residence, the Baijian Building,Huzhou Brush shop Xitang: lane, bridges and house; Zhouzhuang: The Double Bridge, The Zhang’s Hall of Residence, The Hall of Shen’s Residence, hand driver boat, Silk Museum, pearl center

Detail of itinerary:

Nanxunis situated in Huzhou city of Zhejiang Province. It is the famous historical and cultural town in Zhejiang Province. It faces Taihu Lake in the north and has a common boundary with Jiangsu Province in the east, about 100 kilometers distance from Shanghai. It is famous for the silk merchant group in later Qing Dynasty. Nowadays, there have more than 20 gardens and many old house left. It is a more than 740 years old water side town included Little Lotus Garden, Jiaye Library, Zhangshiming's former residence, the Baijian Building, Huzhou Brush shop and so on.

Little Lotus Garden Little Lotus Garden also named "Liu Garden" is one of the most famous gardens in Nanxun. It is the private garden and family temple of Liuyong( Liuyong is the Grand master for Glory of the late Qing Dynasty who is also known as the top merchant among the "Four Giants" of Nanxun, a prominent Qing Dynasty silk merchant. His family ran the most important silk business in China at the time, trading with France and other countries. Liu's luxurious mansion is a blend of European and traditional Chinese-style architecture. A European fountain and traditional Chinese pavilions, along with red-brick walls, and Western style furniture and decorations indicate that not only was the owner of this mansion the richest merchant in town, he was also open to the Western world. ) and his offspring.

Jiaye Library,was built by Liuchengan(the grandson of Liuyong) between 1920 and 1924, the name fellowed "Qin ru jiaye" on a plaque send by the last emperor of China.It is the biggest private library of China, the amount of the stored books is up to 600,000 scrolls. The buildings are traditional style of Chinese architecture. The entire layout shows the delicacy and elegance of garden in southern part of Yangtze River. But the main building is a western style one.

Zhangshiming's former residencewas a European style building. It is the only one in all the ancient towns of southern area of Yangtze River. Many architectural materials were imported from France like the colorful glass. Such a building was located in a old town. It shows the house owner was deeply influenced by the western culture. There was also a dance hall in the building. While the outside women wrapped their foot tightly, the women in the house were dancing with the western-style music

Baijian Building : Built by a Ming Dynasty official for his family's servants,and people were amazed for his generosity as they looked at the magnificent building with its 100 rooms. The fairly straightforward name ofBaijian Lou translates to "100 Room Building." It is the town's most famous structure have more than 400-years history, literally meaning pavilion of 100 rooms, located in the town's northeast corner.

Huzhou Brush shopHuzhou Brush shop is also a highlight of Nanxun. Maybe you know that brush is a very important role in the history of China culture, and HuBi(brush product in huzhou,also called Huzhou Brush) is be callede the best brush of China. Huzhou Brush shop in Nanxun is a show room of the most famous Hubi factory. In the show hall its displayed diffrent brush from differnt times, it inchudes the brush for painters, for officers, for generals, for leaders, for Janpanese, for gife and so on.

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.

Zhouzhuang :Labbled as “No.1 Water Village in China”, the 900-year-old Zhouzhuang will strike you with not only the elegant environment surrounded by rivers and lakes but also the well-preserved simple architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The most pleasant thing to do there is to walk along the banks of waterways or to row a boat through the ancient stone arch bridges to view along the waterside the residential house built hundreds of year age. It is a unique experience that will impress you long time to come.Zhouzhuang gained its fame only till 1985 because of a painting byChen Yifei. The painting, Remembrance of My Hometown, was exhibited in a New York gallery, and triggered the public’s interest in this stunningly pristine village. Most of the residences were built in Ming (1368-1644) or Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). They were well preserved to its original appearance. The most amazing house displays the viewing that a boat can enter the property via the front gate and sail through the courtyard.

The Double Bridge Double Bridge, normally known as clock bridge, which composed with Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge. It is the symbol of Zhouzhuang. Double Bridge connected by two bridges as a whole stone Bridge was built in Ming Dynasty. It is firm and simple, and composed by a stone arch bridge and a beam bridge. The Stone Bridge, likes a lock, tightly connects the north-south River and Silver Band River. These two stone bridge, built in Ming Dynasty Wanli period.Shide Bridge was funded by XuSong quan and XuZhu xi, and Yongan Bridge was funded by XuZheng wu. The two bridges were rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty. Double Bridge is the best place to expresses the ancient water town’s charm: clear water, green trees and small boat cross through the bridge aperture. It attracts teachers and students of art from different parts of county to paint in the four seasons, and photography lovers take camera and select the best shooting angle.It is the antitype of the famous oil paiting Hometown Memory of artist Chen Yiefi.

The Zhang’s Hall of Residence It located to the south of the Double Bridge. Zhang’s house formerly known as “Yishun Hall” which was built by the descendants of Xuda(Xuda was a very famous general in the early MingDynasty). It bought by Zhang's family in the early Qing Dynasty. Zhang House has more than 70 rooms and takes up about 1,800 square meters. Yuyan Hall is the main hall, which is bright, simple, quaint and elegant. Thick west columns of the hall stood upright on a pier at the Phoebe drums, solid as stone, was indeed the legacy of the Ming Dynasty house. There is a river flowing through Zhang’s house that makes Zhang’s house graceful and dapper. The back hall was designed a row of special windows, and through the window and we can enjoy the backyard flowers and trees.

The Hall of Shen’s Residence Built in 1742 and located at the southeast side of Fu’an Bridge, Shen’s house was the private property of the descendant of Shen Wansan. Shen’s house occupies an area of more than 2,000 square meters (half an acre) and over 100 rooms. It consists of three parts. The first part is the wall of the water gate and pier, which is used by Shen's family moored boats and washed clothes. The middle part includes the gate tower, the tearoom and the main hall. Tea room and main hall are places for serving guests, and handling weddings, funerals and other events. The furnishings in here are all very elegant. The main hall called “Songmao hall” covers an area of 170 square meters and up to 6 meters. It carved very vivid figures, beast, and pavilions. The last section is the two-storied dwelling which consists of several buildings which are quite different from the main hall, more comfortable and refined in pattern and atmosphere.

Silk Museum: silk museum is a museum show how to produce silk from mulberry leave and silk worm to silk product. Also there have a display room for visitor buy some favorite silk product.

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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 Nanxun old water town and Xitang old water town

Day 2 Xitang old water town and Zhouzhuang 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