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Shanghai: Zhujiajiao UNESCO Water Town Afternoon Tour

1. Shanghai: Zhujiajiao UNESCO Water Town Afternoon Tour

You can either make your own way to the meeting point or be collected at your accommodation. Board the bus and leave Shanghai. Head to the oldest and most well-protected water village in China.  Located 16 miles west of downtown Shanghai, Zhujiajiao water village is 400 years old and is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Discover the picturesque canals and rivers and admire the large Dian Shan Lake. Take the opportunity to go shopping, take a stroll, and explore this beautiful village. Try some local street food and be amazed by the tastes. You can even practice your bargaining skills at the local shops. After spending three hours taking in the local culture, you will return to downtown Shanghai for approximately 6:30 PM.

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Full-Day Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour and Huangpu River Cruise

2. Full-Day Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour and Huangpu River Cruise

This 9-hour combination tour begins at around 12:00 PM with a pick-up at your hotel. Drive to visit the Zhujiajiao Water Town, one of Shanghai’s 4 ancient villages, with a history spanning over 1,700 years. This small, fan-shaped village glimmers like a bright pearl, surrounded by a landscape of lakes and mountains. Ancient bridges cross bubbling streams and small rivers are shaded by willow trees – next to the vast metropolis of modern Shanghai. Drive back to Shanghai and visit the Shanghai Silk Museum. Afterwards, board the Shanghai Night-View Luxury Cruise to marvel at the illuminated city skyline and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. 

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Zhujiajiao Water Village: Private Tour from Shanghai

3. Zhujiajiao Water Village: Private Tour from Shanghai

Following pick-up from your hotel or the port in Shanghai at 10:00, journey for approximately 1-hour to the 400-year old water village of Zhujiajiao on the city's outskirts. Experience the "Venice of the Orient" up close with the help of your personal driver/guide. Climb aboard a boat to ride the waterways much like the residents would have done in years gone by. Take photographs of the village as you drift past historic buildings and houses. Then, take a walk along the old alleyways for even closer looks at the buildings and bridges, such as the 300-year old, Ming-era Fangsheng Bridge. Get recommendation on local restaurants to enjoy lunch at your own expense, or feel free to bring your own snacks to eat in a picturesque area.  Continue after lunch with a visit to some of the local shops in the afternoon. Bargain for good deals if you want to find souvenirs, experience everyday life or just have some fun! Then, journey back to Shanghai and get dropped off at your hotel or at the port.

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What people are saying about Dianshan Lake

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 112 reviews

Jamie, our guide was awesome. She told us a lot of interesting things about Shanghai itself, the villages around it and even some cultural things. She really put much effort into the tour and her enthusiasm was lovely. Jamie made this trip extremely special for us and was at all times very helpful, friendly and professional. I really recommend to book this tour as there is nothing to regret. The village is beautiful, there is so much to see and learn and we enjoyed every minute. It was totally worth it.

Vicky was an amazing guide with lot of knowledge about the area! My husband and I are both photographers and she was very helpful in finding the best spots. We really enjoyed spending the day with her, including having lunch at the place that we picked. The boat tour was really nice, not the one most tourists take but further down. This was the first time she worked with that driver, I would say let it also be the last time. His driving was not good.

the trip was value for money . notice that it is outside of the city if you plan to be close to the city. the trip with the boat is short just to take some good pictures. our guide Roy was very well educated friendly and spoke the English language pretty well .also he helped us for general info except the standard trip schedule infos such us providing us infoa for the nightlife etc..our day was a holiday day so consider that for the heavy traffic

Tom is an excellent tour guide with a great experience and knowledge thank you tom

great opportunity to learn about unique chinese southern culture