Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
No. 1 Water Town Of China - Zhou Zhuang, offer a glimpse of life in ancient China
It lies at the middle between Shanghai and Suzhou, is an ancient town of Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, where abounds with rivers and lakes. So it is thought by many to be the best waterside town in China.This ancient town has a history of more than 900 years old with many houses built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Zhou Zhuang is clean, well-kept village filled with cobbled paths, arched bridges, tile roofs and tantalizing glimpses of old China. However, is a TRUE ancient canal town. Development stopped here about 500 years ago. The city has preserved the ancient village intact. No vehicles (including bicycles) are allowed. The "streets" are no wider than 2 meters and canals crisscross the entire village. It was a bright spring day, and the waterfront willows were just beginning to leaf, showing splashes of lime green in the cool May sunshine. Tourists floated by on boats, admiring the thousand-year-old stonework, especially the famous Shide and Yongan bridges, a pair of Ming-era beauties.
Travel on: May 2006
Admission Fees: RMB 100
Transportation Fees: RMB 40