Zhouzhuang is an ancient town of Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province. It lies between Shanghai and Suzhou. Zhouzhuang has many rivers and lakes, and is thought by many to be the most beautiful waterside town in China.
Built in 1086, this ancient water town has a history of more than 900 years. It got its name ZhouZhuang in Emperor Kangxi years of the Qing Dynasty. Hundreds of years’ development has gifted the water town with profound culture, graceful water landscapes, and colorful folk custom.
The most famous attractions in Zhouzhuang are: the Former Residence of Shen Wansan (a merchant prince in the Ming Dynasty), the Fuan Bridge, the Twin Bridge, and Hall of Shen Family.
Many houses were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are about 100 houses with courtyards, and 60 of them have arch gateways made with carved bricks. All of these make Zhouzhuang an outstanding ancient water town in China.
Surrounded and divided by lakes, Zhouzhuang presents a different vista at every turn. There are fourteen stone bridges over the myriad lakes, with unique views from each. In the evenings, stars twinkle as though in communication with the glittering lights. Hence Zhouzhuang is very popular among photographers and artists.
Most of the residences of Zhouzhuang are built by rivers or lakes. Wusong River and Loujiang River run through Zhouzhuang from the west to the east. There are several lakes in Zhouzhuang, and the larger ones are Dingshan Lake, Yangcheng Lake, Cheng Lake, and Kuilei Lake. Ancient bridges and ancient buildings make the town more worth a visit.
Zhouzhuang is very beautiful all the year round, but China Highlights suggest you not visit there in public holidays, because the crowded will break the peace and the grace of the ancient water town.