In this tour you can will discover China’s culture by visiting a 1000 year-old water village Xitang where to enjoy the beautiful scenery of canals, rivers and the local dwellings. Take a relaxing boat ride through the town, bargain at the local shops for unique souvenirs,taste local food, and etc.
Xitang Water Town, lying in Jiashan County in Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province, is a famous town with thousands of years of history. It dates back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC) and the Warring States Period (476 BC-221 BC). The town was a place of strategic importance on the boundary of the Wu and Yue states. Its flat terrain is marked by a quiet, natural environment with rivers running through it. From a bird's-eye view of the whole town, one sees blue water sparkling almost in every point the eyes touch and reflections of the houses in the water. The quiet water, handsome bridges, and the reflections in the early morning and the rosy sunset, fishing boats and the glistening lights in the evening, form an amazing picture full of a sense of poetry which can only be seen in the south lower reaches of the Yangtze River. People there, whether local residents or visitors, feel that this is a fairyland. They even have no idea as to whether people are wandering in the picture or the picture is moving in their hearts.
In the Xitang Water Town, there are well-preserved groups of buildings of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) with relatively high artistic quality and research value. It is famous for its large number of covered corridors, lanes and bridges.
After 1.5 hour driving, you will arrive Xitang water town. A local Gondola will not only shows you different angle of this little village with beauty and tranquility but also take you into the most chic corner of this town with many unique coffee & tea houses, restaurants and shops. You will walk along old street and practice your bargain skill in local shops.