Welcome to Zhūjiājiǎo


What survives of this historic canal town today is a charming tableau of Ming and Qing dynasty alleys, bridges and gǔzhèn (古镇; old town) architecture, its alleyways steeped in the aroma of chòu dòufu (stinky tofu).

While first impressions aren't fabulous when you step off the bus – a gritty industrious town – as soon as you hit the old town and its canals (a 10-minute walk from the bus station), you'll be glad you came. The riverside settlement is small enough to wander completely in three hours. Souvenir shops and restaurants line the scenic canal, connected by quaint bridges and narrow laneways that make it genuinely reminiscent of Venice – albeit a very Chinese version.


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$96 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Zhujiajiao Water Town, Shanghai City Highlights Private Tour

Meet your knowledgeable guide at your hotel lobby. After one hour driving, you will start your exciting sightseeing tour from Zhujiajiao water town. It's the best-preserved water town in the area with history over 1700 years. There are old bridges, antiquated architecture and bubbling streams. You can wander along the canal, stroll around the old lanes, visit few houses with gardens. Later, enjoy a relaxing boat riding on the canal to see beautiful surrounding. Don't miss out the opportunity to take some fabulous pictures. Revitalize yourself with a delicious lunch in a local restaurant where you can have some local delicious dishes. In the afternoon, you will go back to Shanghai city, and visit Yuyuan garden, a very ancient and well-preserved garden with the history of 400years old. You will see the stylish Chinese pavilion and authentic old architectures. Then, countinue to the Bund where you will see amazing city skyline, including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai Tower, Shanghai Tower and colonial buildings along the Huangpu River. It surely lights up your whole trip in Shanghai. From the Bund, you will visit Shanghai Tower (632 meters), the highest building of China. You will have a panoramic view of the whole city with a 360 degrees dimension from the observatory.If you have already visit some of those places above before, and want to do something different this time. Please feel free to pick below attraction or activities base on your interests. Jade Buddha temple TV Tower/World financial center/Jinmao Tower Shanghai museum After the tour, your guide will take you back to the hotel.

$99 Day Trips & Excursions

Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Tour

During this half-day, guided sightseeing tour you will stroll the maze of paths and bridges, and take a boat ride to view the residences of this nicely-preserved water village. Zhujiajiao is also home to two impressive temples, which add to the charm and historic significance of the village. After a few Hours sightseeing in Zhujiajiao, you'll make a stop to shop for silk. Learn how silk making became a major industry in China for clothes, accessories, quilts and handmade rugs.

$110 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Zhujiajiao Water Town from Shanghai

Nestled just an hour away from Shanghai is a cozy, ancient water town characterized by winding canals, stone bridges, secluded cobblestone alleyways and several buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties.On this private tour, take advantage of your local guide’s expert knowledge on Zhujiajiao’s hidden gems and popular spots to plan a day based on your own interests. No matter what you choose to see and do, your friendly guide will be at your side to help facilitate and enhance your discovery of this ancient water town by providing enlightening commentary and introducing you to the local people. Please note that any fees for activities, food and site visits are at your own expense.After arriving in Zhujiajiao by private transfer from your Shanghai hotel, take a leisurely stroll over ancient stone bridges and see locals enjoying boat rides on the narrow waterways. Don’t miss Fangsheng Bridge (Setting-Fish-Free Bridge), where you can experience a curious tradition of purchasing live fish from street vendors and then releasing them into the water for good luck.Walk along the town’s cobbled pathways and pass quaint houses with courtyards to witness the simplicity of daily life. Visit North Street, which boasts Zhujiajiao’s small-scale commercial lanes set to a backdrop of historical buildings and bridges.Board a boat for a tranquil cruise along winding waterways. Glide under stone bridges and see what life is like beside a river. For lunch, you may enjoy a meal you pre-packaged for yourself or eat at one the town’s most popular restaurants, Maolin Hall, renowned for its eel noodle and mutton noodle specialties.Visit Ke Zhi Yuan (Course Plant Garden), a large manorial garden home to one of the town’s tallest structures – a diametric pavilion called the Moon View Pavilion. If you feel like shopping, browse the various shops around town and peruse knick-knacks and nostalgic memorabilia that you may purchase as a keepsake of your unique experience.

$75 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour with Shanghai City Highlights

Meet your professional guide at your central Shanghai hotel , and travel by private, comfortable, air-conditoned vehicle to Zhujiajiao, one of the best-preserved ancient water towns near the city. Enjoy the flexibility of morning departure at 9:30 a.m or afternoon departure at 1.00p.m  please mention in the special request if you prefer other time while make the booking .  After an approximately 1-hour journey, arrive in the town and begin walking with your guide to explore Zhujiajiao’s old narrow alleyways, shops, and historical landmarks, learn the local custom and culture from your knowledgable guide. An optional boat ride is available upon booking. Take a break for lunch at a local, authentic restaurant to try some traditional chinese-style lunch. In the afternoon, return to Shanghai and take a tour of the some of the city’s incredible highlights, choosing some attractions and activities based on your time frame from the following: The BundRiverside Promenade (Binjiang Da Dao)Shanghai Old Town (Yu Garden Bazaar)Xintiandi or Tianzifang in the French Concession areaJade Buddha TempleSkyscraper Visit (Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Jinmao Tower or Oriental Pearl Tower)River cruise along the Huangpu RiverPeople’s Square Park If you want to see other sights or spend time elsewhere, feel free to discuss your preferences with your guide,your itinerary can be tailored to your interests. Your tour will end with a transfer back to your hotel or a drop-off at your chosen downtown area upon your request.

$103 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Zhujiajiao and Shanghai City Highlights Combo Tour

Meet your tour guide at your hotel lobby in the morning, and take one hour ride to beautiful Zhujiajiao water town. Your tour guide will share with you about the history and the culture of Shanghai on the road, and you will also be able to see the amazing city landscape of the Yangtze River Delta (the greater Yangtze River Delta metropolitan region).Zhujiajiao, one of the 8 famous water villages on the outskirts of Shanghai, and it is with over 1000 years history. Upon arrival, you will walk through some tiny alleyways and cross the most well-known ancient stone Fangsheng Bridge. Moreover, you will visit a private garden owned by a local of Zhujiajiao, and the owner still lives there today. Inside of the garden, you will find some interesting antique collections from 2,000 years ago to late 19 century. Then, taking a hand-operated wooden boat on small canals to feel the flavor of East of Venice.After your morning tour in Zhujiajiao, you will be driven back to Shanghai, and enjoy a lunch meal at a recommended dim-sum restaurant around 1:00pm.In the afternoon, you will visit Shanghai old town (Yu garden bazaar), which is the kingdom of all kinds of gift shops and snack shops. The buildings there were built in 200 years ago, which typify the rich extremes of Qing style architecture. Follow your tour guide and walk around in some back streets, and you will get an idea about the living style and environment of old locals and migrants in the neighborhood. Then, you will move to Former French Concession area, and walk along on romantic Sinan Road. Your tour guide will share with you some modern history if China between 1911 to 1948.  Your last stop (optional) will be on the famous Bund area. Stroll alone the Zhongshan Road to see the exterior of Jardine building, Peace hotel, and HSBC building. Your day tour ends around 5:00pm and you will be transferred back to your hotel in Shanghai.

$77 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Zhujiajiao Ancient Town with Hidden Garden and Gondola

This tour is designed to explore the most unique part of Zhujiajiao. Driving from Shanghai to beautiful Zhujiajiao water town is about 1 to 1.5-hour. You will be guided through the whole water town by a very professional English-speaking local guide and you will visit the following places: AHN LUH Resorts & Residences:  A boutique hotel with over 400-years-old Opera Stage, 600-years-old Wood Carvings. This is also a place to satisfy your needs of coffee and western toilet. He Xin Garden (Harmony Garden): a privately owned home garden by local family, which is not open to the public officially with marvelous collections of traditional Chinese Antiques. Boat Ride: you will be on board of a row boat to see how this town is arranged by waterways and how life and market is going on by water.\ Lunch: you will have lunch at a wonderful local riverside restaurant.   After tour finished, your guide will take you back to your hotel or anywhere you want to go in the downtown area!