If you are planning on a China tour and you want to be educated on how life was in the ancient days, then Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is the place for you. Zhujiajiao is located in Shanghai suburbs. The only way to get here is by a tour bus, so it is going to be far from your Shanghai hotel.

Zhujiajiao Town has 1700 years worth of history. It started as a very small village during The Three Kingdom Period (220-280) then turned in a bazaar in the Song and Yuan Dynasties Era (960-1398). Over the years more and more people took up residency, because of its booming businesses. Then in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) it developed into a town.

Another name for the Zhujiajiao town is the ‘Pearl Stream’ since the town is built around the water. The area of the town is 18.1 miles. So it is a good idea to take a boat ride to see all of the attractions. Some of these attractions include the unique bridges across the bubbling streams, the rivers that are coved by willow tress and the houses with courtyards.

People say if you don’t see a bridge in Zhujiajiao then you have not visited Zhujiajiao you have just wasted your time. The bridges are amazing distinctive and old. Most of the bridges were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. They all have different styles and shapes and each one is made out of a different materiel from the use of wood to stone to marble.

The Fansheng Bridge is the longest, largest and tallest stone bridge in Zhujiajiao. It has five opening. It was built in 1571. The bridgealso has lovely decorations. The first decoration is the ‘Dragon Gate’ stone tablet, on the tablet there is eight engraved dragons encircling a pear. The second decoration is the four lions on top of the bridge, each one is made out of stone.

A must see attraction is the ‘North Street’ or ‘Ancient Street’. This street is filled with ancient buildings at date back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is also the best preserved ancient street in the area. The street is elegant and simple and the viewer has an enjoyable time walking down it. So when you are walking down ‘North Street’ make sure you take your time and enjoy the historic buildings, long stores, old bridges plus the long narrow lanes that can be found there.

Another must see attraction is the ‘Ken Zhi Yuan’ garden. This garden was also built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is the largest garden in town. The common name for the garden is ‘Ma Family Garden’ named after its host name Ma Wenqin. In this garden you will be able to see ancient dwellings, and artificial hills. It is a beautiful place to visit. The garden is located in the northern part of town off of Xijin Street.

So when you go see Zhujiajiao Town during your Shanghai Tour make sure you take enough RMBs to pay for the admission fee. It cost 80RMBs for a cruise boat and nine scenic spots and 60RMBs for eight scenic spots and 30RMBs for four scenic spots. If you want the option of having a tour guild you can, for an English one it will cost 120RMBs and it will last for three hours. If you want a Chinese one it will only cost you 80RMBs and it last for three hours also. When you go to Zhujiajiao Town make sure you enjoy your time here.

Jack Li
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