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Historic Site in Wūzhèn

Xīzhà

The Xīzhà scenic zone is more spread out so feels less packed, though visitors spend more time here. It is the more photogenic of the two as the main street, Xizha Dajie (西栅大街) is criss-crossed with bridges from whe…
Historic Site in Wūzhèn

Dōngzhà

The main street of the Dōngzhà scenic zone, Dongda Jie (东大街), is a narrow path paved with stone slabs and flanked by wooden buildings. There are workshops here turning out indigo-dyed cloth, bamboo weavings and the …
Museum in Wūzhèn

Chinese Footbinding Culture Museum

With plenty of English, this fascinating museum covers the thousand-year history of female footbinding in China with examples of the shoes that constituted, as captions in the museum attest to, 'The Golden Lotus com…
Buddhist Site in Wūzhèn

Yuèlǎo Temple

Singles and couples alike come here to win the favour of the god of love (who, interestingly, appears here as an old man) by lighting incense and tying red-stringed charms to trees around the temple.
Buddhist Site in Wūzhèn

White Lotus Pagoda

This seven-storey pagoda is a beacon at the far west end of the Xīzhà scenic zone. You can climb up to the 3rd floor for excellent views over the Grand Canal.
Historic Building in Wūzhèn

Mao Dun’s Former Residence

Near the entrance to the Dōngzhà scenic zone, Mao Dun’s Former Residence was the home of the revolutionary writer and author of Spring Silkworms and Midnight. His great-grandfather, a successful merchant, bought the…
Museum in Wūzhèn

Ancient Beds Museum

Though very few beds here qualify as even remotely ancient, there are some beautiful examples of elaborately carved traditional beds, along with some explanations of the symbolism etched upon them (grapes, for examp…
Historic Building in Wūzhèn

Huìyuán Pawn House

Once a famous pawnshop that eventually expanded to branches in Shànghǎi, this old shop is bare now, though the high counter – where the owner lorded over those who came to pawn their possessions – remains.
Museum in Wūzhèn

Jiāngnán Wood Carving Museum

A fine collection of wood carvings from around the region, though unfortunately no explanations as to when they were created or what symbolism is evoked.