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

Itinerary:  Nanxun: Little Lotus Garden, Jiaye Library, Zhangshiming's former residence, the Baijian Building,Huzhou Brush shop Xitang: lane, bridges and house; Zhujiajiao: Fangsheng Bridge, Lang Bridge, North Street - Ancient Street, Ke Zhi Garden, Great Qing Post Office, Pearl center, Silk Museum

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.

Zhujiajiao-Shanghai's Venice ,located in a suburb of Shanghai city, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years. Covering an area of 1.5 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai.The antiquity of the bridges, the rareness of the streets and the seclusion of the alleyways all present you a scene of "boats sailing on the water and people touring in painting". Nowadays, the famous scenic spot included Fang sheng bridge, Huimin bridge,Ping'an bridge,Kezhi garden , North Street, Great Qing Post Office and so on.

Fangsheng Bridge : Fangsheng Bridge (Setting-fish-free Bridge) is the longest, largest and tallest stone arch bridge, with five openings both in Zhujiajiao and in the Shanghai region.It is 72 m long, 5.8 m wide, and over 10 m above the water. Anyone who crosses the bridge has to go up and down more than 60 staircases. This bridge was built in 1571. On the bridge stands a stone tablet named Dragon Gate Stone, which is engraved with 8 coiling dragons encircling a shining pearl. On top of the bridge are 4 lifelike stone lions.

Lang Bridge :Lang Bridge (Veranda Bridge), also named Huimin Bridge, is the only wooden bridge and the most featured span in this town. It has wooden bars on the two sides and upturned eaves above, just like a narrow corridor..Chen Shuchang, a native of the town, donated 100 000 silver dollars for the construction of the bridge. The pedestrains have found it quite convenient to go up and down the bridge free from rain and sunshine.

North Street - Ancient Street: It is a well-preserved street of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture in South of Yangzi River. Flanking the street are shops and residences with white walls and blacktiled roofs, separated by quiet winding alleyways with an antique atmosphere. It is only one kilometer long, but attracting great numbers of tourists from home and oversea everyday.

Ke Zhi Garden: Zhujiajiao boasts imposing gardens as well as ancient dwellings built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Among the ancient architecture, Ke Zhi Yuan is the largest manorial garden in the town. The garden is commonly named 'Ma Family Garden' after a former host named Ma Wenqin. Located in Xijin Street in the northern part of town. Built in 1912, the owner spent 300,000 taels of silver 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. The garden is divided into 2 parts: the Ke Garden and the Zhi Garden. “Ke” in Chinese means “study” and “Zhi” means “farming”, implying that people should study and farm to keep the house.

Great Qing Post Office: Founded during Qing Emperor Tongzhi’s reign(1903), it was one of the 13 major post offices in Shanghai, having gone through the stages of a private post office, a foreign post office, a telegraph office and a customs post office.It is the only historical post office site left in East China. It is also an epitome of China’s post office in modern history.The post office have two floors, the first floor is the introduction of the history of Chinese post office,where you can post your post card in home and aboard with a seal of Great Qing Post Office. The second floor show many old postcards and letters from Qing dynasty to Republic of China. The most attractive thing is the old prtty bronze mailbox naerby the door

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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Service level: Comfort

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Group size:1 - 10 persons

Transportation type: Taxi/ Mini Van

Room type: 4 star hotel

Tour Schedule

Day 1 Nanxun old water town and Xitang old water town

Day 2 Xitang old water town and Zhujiajiao old water town

Details

  • 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 day in advance