Anyone who arrives from Shanghai at this beguiling village, which is separated into north and south sections by the Cao Gang River, will first notice the stark contrast in pace as life instantly slows down and right away, a sense of calmness and antiquity floods the soul.
With over 10,000 buildings in the area dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, this water town is home to a complex labyrinth of canals and small creeks, winding old cobble stoned streets, arched rock bridges, and traditional courtyard houses.
There are loads to discover in Zhujiajiao as it is, but the historical sites and private gardens within the town further add to its appeal, with a few being Kezhi Yuan, an alluring manor-style park, and the 70-metre long Fangsheng Bridge, the most well-loved arch with many cultural connotations.
Graceful and quiet yet lively in its own way, Zhujiajiao also extends other sights that pay ode to its unparalleled Chinese heritage. Traversing its stone pathways is free, but several attractions and activities such as the cruise boat ride along the river entails some fees.
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A former industrial area for textiles in Shanghai composed of dilapidated warehouses and factories has now been transformed into the city’s top contemporary art complex housing galleries and art spaces featuring the works of many established and emerging Chinese artists.
Whether you are looking to relive your childhood dreams or have little ones alongside you in need of some fun, a trip to the happiest place on Earth – Disneyland – will never be a bad idea and luckily, Shanghai is home to one of only 6 parks in the world.
Akin to a dreamy backdrop of a Chinese historical drama, Yu Garden or Yuyuan Garden is a verdant oasis in the middle of Shanghai’s Old City with exquisite scenery, complete with all the essential features and decorations of a classical Chinese garden.
Along the Huangpu River is a mile-long waterfront promenade known as The Bund or Waitan, and to its west bank sits 52 colonial-era buildings of contrasting Western and European architectural styles including neoclassical, baroque, Romanesque and Gothic designs.