Best day tours--China water town overview

Updated: December 20 2010(GMT+08:00)

China water town is known as Venice of the East. While exotic and a wonderful break out of big-city of China, you can go to small water town to escape hustleand bustle of life in big cities. There are a lot of China villages and towns that use the abundant water for irrigation and transportation, as a result many towns are built close to a canal system. This kind of layout has not been changed for several hundreds of years.

Touring one of these villages allows you to take a glance back in time. The buildings usually  about three stories, facing each other. The most enjoyable thing to do is usually to take a boat trip, provided to every single traveller by a lot of touts, down through the canals as well as have lunch at one of the dining places that wide open out upon the water. Below I will introduce three famous and popular water towns nearby Shanghai and Suzhou in China.

Zhouzhuang Water Town:

This small town is simple to spend a couple of hours in and visitors make their way by foot into the old town. There exists a fee to get into the old town, however, this specific admission ticket allows you to a variety of points of interest. Contentedly,  only pedestrians are granted in, which means you will not be dodging cars.There are only touts and souvenir salesmen where you can buy various of souvenir to keep as a memory.

You can easily arrive in Zhouzhuang from Shanghai or Suzhou. Tourist buses go to Zhouzhuang from the two cities numerous times a day. It takes about 1.5 hours from Shanghai, less time from Suzhou.

Tongli water town:

Tong Li is a well-preserved village. There are a lot of Ming and Qing architecture in the town. Its most renowned attraction is the Tuisi Garden. Tong Li is situated at southeast of Suzhou. You can get there from Shanghai and Suzhou by tourist bus setting off multiply of times daily.

Lu Zhi water town:

Lu Zhi  water town is also a well-preserved village. There are also a lot of Ming and Qing architecture in the town. Its most renowned attraction is the Bao Shen Buddhist temple. Lu Zhi water town is situated at east of Suzhou. You can get there from Shanghai and Suzhou by tourist bus setting off multiply of times daily.

Tips on Visiting the Water Towns:

Weekends as well as Holiday seasons are the peaking time for travelling to these water towns which means crowds. If you possibly could, pay a visit to these water towns during the week. In addition to this, get there around lunchtime (noon) when the crowds of tour groups are going to be having lunch in large  tour group restaurants and you will be able to discover the town in comparative tranquility for an hour.

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