Shanghai Weekend Getaway to Nearby Water Towns: How to Get There

Around Shanghai scatters several ancient water towns – the nearby Zhujiajiao and Jiangnan’s top six water cities, all in sharp contrast with the modern, efficient, cosmopolitan and gaudy Shanghai. For those looking for weekend fun or ancient town exploration to these places, here are the important transportation tips:

Shanghai – Zhuajiajiao (61km):

take Subway line 8 at Renmen Square Station (人民广场站), get off at Lujiabing Road Station (陆家浜路站), then switch to Subway line 9 and get off at Dongjing Station (洞泾站). Walk for 40 meters to get to the Tangqiao Station (塘桥站) and take Shanghai-Zhujiajiao special-line bus

Shanghai water town tours.

Shanghai – Luzhi Town (72km):

1. Take Subway line 1 and get off at Zhongshan Road (N) Station, here you can take the scheduled bus directly to Luzhi in Zhongshan Bus Station

2. Take Shanghai-Suzhou bullet train to get to Suzhou first, then take Bus No.518 to Luzhi Town Station

3. Get to Kunshan first, then take bus to Luzhi Town

Shanghai Zhouzhuang tours

Shanghai – Zhouzhuang Water Town (70km):

1. Take regular bus to Zhouzhuang in Shanghai Tourist Bus Center (Add: 666 Tianyaoqiao Road, Xuhui, near Shanghai Stadium)

2. Take Shanghai-Kunshan bullet train to get to Kunshan first, transfer to Bus No.88 to Xinke Station (新客站), then take Bus No.130 to your destination Zhouzhuang Town.

Shanghai Wuzhen tours

Shanghai – Tongli Water Town (90km):

1. Take the regular bus to Tongli in Shanghai Tourist Bus Center (Add: 666 Tianyaoqiao Road, Xuhui, near Shanghai Stadium)

2. Shanghai long distance bus station (1662, Zhongxing Road) – Tongli

Shanghai – Nanxun Water Town (150km): Take the regular bus to Nanxun in Shanghai Tourist Bus Center (Add: 666 Tianyaoqiao Road, Xuhui, near Shanghai Stadium)

Shanghai – Wuzhen Water Town (130km):

there are scheduled buses going to Wuzhen every day from Shanghai long distance bus station (south), address: 666, Shilong Road, Shanghai

Shanghai Xitang tour

Shanghai – Xitang Water Town (85km):

1. Take the bullet train from Shanghai Hongqiao Train Station to Jiashan South Train Station (嘉善火车南站), then take a taxi to Xitang.

2. Take regular bus from Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Terminal or Shanghai long distance bus station (south) to Jiashan Bus Terminal (嘉善客运站), then take a taxi to Xitang.

The Remarkable Historic al Architectures on the Bund Shanghai

The Bund (外滩) of Shanghai, with its exotic colonial buildings, is one of the famous landmarks of the city and a must-visit while travelling in Shanghai.

Stretching approximately 1500 meters from Waibaidu Bridge in the north to Jinling East Road in the south, at the intersection of Huangpu River and Suzhou River, the bund is the epitome of semi-colonial Shanghai for about a century.

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The historical building cluster (from No.1 to No.29) is now known as “World Architecture Fair”, and includes East Wind Hotel, China Merchants Bank Building, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (HSBC Building), South Building of the Peace Hotel and North Building of the Peace Hotel (Sassoon House), Shanghai Customs Building, Shanghai Foreign Exchange Trade Centre, Shanghai Bund Weather Signal Station, etc.

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank or HSBC Building (No.12)

The second largest building in the world at that time, this six-floor neo-classical building was also known as Municipal Government Building and served as the headquarter of the Shanghai branch of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation from 1923 to 1955. It now houses the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank.

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Shanghai Customs House (No.13)

It stands right next to HSBC Building. Together the two buildings are considered as one of the symbols of the Bund. Built in 1927, Shanghai Customs House follows a Greek-revival Neo-Classicist design, and consists of two parts: the eastern part is eight floors tall, but topped by a 90-m-high clock tower and favorably faces the Huangpu River. The western section is five floors tall, and faces onto Sichuan Road.

Shanghai Municipal Trade Union Council (No.14)

It was built in 1948 and designed by architect, C. H. Gonda with a Neo-Renaissance style which emphasized the vertical lines and simple and clear façade of architectural design. Formerly Bank of Communications Building, currently it houses the Shanghai Council of Trade Unions.

Peace Hotel (No.20)

Peace Hotel is separated by Nanjing Road into two buildings: The North Building and The South Building. Sir Victor Sassoon of the Sassoon family built The North Building, hence the name Sassoon House. Originally the Cathay Hotel, it is now the Fairmont Peace Hotel run by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts of Canada. The South Building was built as the Palace Hotel and is today the Swatch Art Peace Hotel.

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Visitors are encouraged to plan a Shanghai history and culture trip: have a leisure stroll on the Bund, or take a cruise ship trip on Huangpu River at night to enjoy the impressive visual contrast between the colonial architectures on the Bund and the skyscrapers of the Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai World Financial Centre on the other side of the river.

China Shanghai tours Presents 8-day China Golden Triangle Tours

This China’s Golden Triangle tour comprises the three most visited cities in China: Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Visit the landmarks, hitorical buildings and other natural sites. Tour China as a discerning traveler!

Beijing Attractions
Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven; the  Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Road; Hutong, Peking Duck Banquet

Xi’an Attractions
Xian Ancient City Wall, Terra-cotta Worriors & Horses Museum, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda; Shaanxi Provincial Museum

Shanghai Attractions
the Bund, Nanjing Road; Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden, Xintiandi

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Tearful Closing for China Pavilion in Shanghai on Oct. 9, 2011

The China Pavilion, the top attraction of Expo 2010 Shanghai, closed on Oct. 9, leaving behind tearful staff who worked there for more than 18 months.

China Pavilion, shanghai world expo

China Pavilion with the inverted pyramid-like structure

Due to tremendous visitor interest, the inverted pyramid-like structure reopened twice after the 184-day fair officially ended on Oct 31, 2010.

Its main structure will continue to be used as a public culture venue.

As of Oct. 9, the 2-billion-yuan ($314 million) structure had received 17.5 million visitors since it opened along with the Expo on May 1, 2010. More than 50,000 tourists on average surged through it on a typical day of the Expo.

The pavilion’s highlights included an animated version of an ancient painting called Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival, excursion trains that gave a glimpse of China’s achievements in urban development, and the bronze chariot and horses sculpture unearthed in the 1980s along with the world-renowned Terracotta Warriors, which date back to the Qin Dynasty (BC 221-206).

ancient Chinese painting, Expo 2010 Shanghai

Painting – Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival

“The pavilion ran steadily on its last exhibition day, when about 30,000 people toured it,” said Pang Jie, speaking on behalf of the Expo Shanghai Group, which has been operating the Expo venues since the fair ended. “All workers are sticking to their positions, to ensure a successful end,” she said.

Hua Xuyin, a local visitor, drew a lot of attention on Oct. 9 by wearing a home-made hat in the shape of the pavilion. “The Shanghai people turned in a ‘successful answer sheet’ for the test on the Expo and its pavilions,” said the retired worker. “So I made the hat with a PhD cap to symbolize that we ‘graduated’ successfully from the Expo school.”

China Pavilion, Expo 2010 Shanghai

a home-made hat in the shape of China Pavilion

It was the pavilion staff members who had the hardest time saying good-bye. Qian Ting, a 20-year-old receptionist at the pavilion, was one of the staff members who greeted visitors in tears on the last exhibition day. “The days I worked for the pavilion meant a lot to me,” she said.

The exhibit will start to be torn down from Oct. 10, a process that will take several months.

The animated version of Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival will be shown in Taiwan again later this month and Singapore in December.

(Source: China Daily)

What to Visit for a China Travel

Want to discover the unique charm of China? Then, what to visit for your China tour? China spans thousands of miles, from the deserts in the west to the ocean on the east. With a written history of over 5,000 years, China boasts rich cultural relics and historical sites. Moreover, its stunning landscape, dynamic metropolis and unique traditional lifestyle of different ethnic groups are also good reasons for tourists exploring the old-and-new land. So take a look at the guided information below, get your ideas in focus.

the Great Wall, Beijing

Fantastic Great Wall, Beijing

For History
Make an in-depth exploration of China’s rich history. Beijing, Xian, Luoyang and Nanjing used to be four great ancient capitals in Chinese history. With numerous historical sites and cultural relics, the four cities are the finest remainder of China’s imperial past. Besides these ancient prosperous metropolises, some small ancient towns like Pingyao, Lijiang, and Dali, give a fascinating glimpse into a real old-time world.

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Marvelous Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Top Attractions: the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses, Longmen Grottoes, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum

For Nature & Wildlife
Discover the most natural views of China on a tour dedicated to nature & wildlife. China is a vast country with stunning natural scenery – towering mountains, dense forests, boundless deserts, and turbulent or quiet rivers. Not just a sightseeing tour! There also are many interesting activities as well – mountain climbing, river cruise, hiking, horse riding, biking, and bamboo rafting, etc. Also, it offers a good opportunity to get close to wildlife, a most famous one – the lovely giant panda in Chengdu.

Yangshuo Bamboo Rafting, Guilin

Yangshuo Bamboo Rafting along Yulong River in Guilin

Top attractions: Yellow Mountain, Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

For Lifestyle
Urban life in China is much different from rural life. Most cities, like Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong, present a diverse mixture of Chinese and Western culture. But, what about the rest of the land? The water towns – Wuzhen andZhouzhuang, feature ancient buildings, stone bridges, and waterways; Hakka people in Fujian province, live in their aged houses – Tulou; And, in some area of Guangxi province, the Zhuang and Yao village high up in the mountains surrounded by spectacular Longji Rice Terraces.

Wuzhen Water Town, Hangzhou

Charming Wuzhen Water Town

Top attractions: Wuzhen, Zhouzhuang, Tulou of Hakka, Longji Rice Terrace

For Religion
Along with history, Buddhism, Taoism, Islamic and other religions in China has exerted great influence on social life, architecture, literature and many other parts. Many religion-related sites are left along history and become sacred destination of pilgrim, from Potala Palace in Lhasa, Dunhuang‘s Mogao Grottos, Buddhist Mount Emei  to Taoist Mt. Qingcheng nearby Chengdu… Combined with beautiful natural surroundings, these sacred places of worship have become popular travel destinations.

Lhasa, Tibet

Tibetan pilgrim at Barkhor Street in Lhasa

Top attractions: Potala Palace, Mogao Grottos, Mount Emei

Yangtze Cruise
Cruising the Yangtze would put you afloat on China’s mightiest river – and the world’s third longest only after Nile and Amazon. The 6,418km Yangtze River surges past some of China’s greatest cities: Chongqing, Wuhan, Nanjing and Shanghai. And, the most impressive section of the river is the Three Gorges (or Sanxia): the Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge. The Yangtze Three Gorges, with a full length of 193km, converges the essence of natural scenery along the Yangtze River.

Shibaozhai, Yangtze Cruise

Shibaozhai along Yangtze River

Top attractions for Yangtze Cruise: Fengdu Ghost City, Shibaozhai, Three Gorges Dam

Shanghai Tourism Festival 2011 Opened on September 10

Shanghai welcomed the start of its annual tourism festival on the night of September 10 in Shanghai International Fashion Center with a grand parade. The festival will offer a succession of celebratory activities and special treats for visitors until October 6.

Floats parade on 2011 Shanghai Tourism Festival

Float, sent by Tibet Autonomous Region, on the opening parade.

A total of 21 floats and 30 perform teams from across the world participated in the opening parade, which attracted more than 500,000 tourists. And a fireworks show featuring fireworks from Germany, South Korea, Portugal, Greece and Sweden will be staged on the night of the closing ceremony.

The theme of this year’s festival is discovering the cultural heritage of Shanghai. Special tour routes have been set up to steer visitors into the depths of the city’s historical districts. More than 40 activities will be staged in the following month, including an exhibition on travel souvenirs, a gourmet festival and a photography competition.

Celebration parade on 2011 Shanghai Tourism Festival

A performer from Finland participate in the opening parade

According to the organizing committee, more than 400 scenic spots, hotels and restaurants will sell tickets at discounted prices during the festival.

The Shanghai Tourism Festival was first held in 1990, and lasts nearly one month every autumn. Each year, over eight million visitors flock to the city for sightseeing, leisure, entertainment, culture, sports, conventions, exhibitions, food and shopping.