Zhouzhuang Travel Guide

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.

The Representative of China’s Water Town

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.

The Water of Zhouzhuang

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.

Best Time to Travel

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.  

Questions and Answers About Zhouzhuang Travel Guide

Pat 2013-03-16
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Is there a bus or train from Suzhou to ZhouZhuang??

Hi Pat, yes, there are direct tourist buses from Suzhou South Bus Station to Zhouzhuang.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-03-17
Pat 2013-03-16
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We have accommodation booked in Suzhou for a couple of nights but would like to spend sometime in ZhouZhuang. Is there a bus service from Suzhou to ZhouZhuang, or possibly the train?

Hi Pat, there are direct tourist buses from Suzhou South Bus Station to Zhouzhuang.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-03-17
Wai 2012-04-19
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We plan to take the bullet train from Beijing to kunshan south railway station, then taxi to zhouzhuang since we will arriving late in the evening. Is there storage locker at the Kunshan train station, and what is the charge> We plan to stay overnight at one of those hotels by the river. Are those hotels accessible by taxi since we might be carry our luggage if it is too inconvenient or expensive to atore them at the train station.
Wai 2012-04-19
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We plan to take the bullet train from Beijing to kunshan south railway station, then taxi to zhouzhuang since we will arriving late in the evening. Is there storage locker at the Kunshan train station, and what is the charge> We plan to stay overnight at one of those hotels by the river. Are those hotels accessible by taxi since we might be carry our luggage if it is too inconvenient or expensive to atore them at the train station.
Hi Wai, The Stroage locker may be not available at night time. So, you may need to bring the luggage with you to the hotel. For Zhouzhuang hotel, the Yunhai Resort (Yunhai Dujiacun) is suggested. This hotel stands beside beautiful Baixian Lake. This hotel is one of the best choices for those who want to stay over night in Zhouzhuang. Yunhai Resort is about 48km away from Kunshan train station. Yes, taxi is available from the the station to the resort. Regards, Coco Coco Yang replied on 2012-04-19
Graham 2012-04-17
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I would like to hire a driver to take me from Shanghai to Zhouzhuang. I do not need a guide, but transport there and back so I can travel at times of my convenience. Any suggestions?
hi Graham, thank you for your inquiry. This is Nora, a trip advisor of China Highlights. Glad to offer you some information. We could arrange a private vehicle and driver to escort you from Shanghai to Zhouzhuang and then transfer you back. The cost is around CNY1100-1500, depending on the date you need the service. Please note the driver won't be able to speak English and the working time is 8 hours. Extra hour will cause extra cost. Please feel free to contact me at nora@chinahighlights.com if you would like to book the service. Please inform the date for the tour. Wish you a wonderful day! Nora Ou replied on 2012-04-17
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