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Located on the banks of Dianshan Lake in the western suburbs of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the
country, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains.
Shanghai Zhujiajiao
Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream', the little town was found almost 1700 years
ago, and became prosperous with cloth and rice businesses; there are still remains of historical
sites like old rice and oil stores, ancient bridges. There is numerous rivers criss-crossing the
town, 9 long streets run along the river, thousands of ancient buildings stand on the banks of the
rivers with more than 30 old bridges adding to the beauty of the town and every bridge is unique
and has its own story to tell.

In the town, there is an ancient street filled with representative ancient buildings from the Ming and
Qing Dynasties, attracting great numbers of domestic and foreign tourists. That is North Street,
which is the best preserved ancient street in this suburb of Shanghai. Only one kilometer long, the
whole street is at once primitively simple, yet very elegant. Strolling on this ancient thoroughfare
and appreciating the historic buildings, long-established stores, and old bridges as well as the
many narrow lanes is another enjoyment.

Among the ancient architecture, Ke Zhi Yuan is the largest manorial garden in the town.
Ke Zhi Yuan features beautiful sightseeing and quiet and secluded surroundings. In the artificial hill area, there is magnificent symbolic
architecture - a foursquare five-story building, on the top of which stands a diametric pavilion named 'Moon View Pavilion.' This building is
considered the tallest architecture in the town.
Shanghai Zhujiajiao
The best thing here is the stone path which is hundreds of years old and still remains in the
same place and gives are real experience of the ancient times.
Peddlers traveled from lane to lane, selling local snacks, such as rice dumplings stuffed with
pork with bamboo leaves, old people were seen sitting outside on the streets to get some sun
shine. Aboard the black-awning skiffs floating along the canal, fishermen ply their hauls, while
country girls dressed in bright colors pick water chestnuts.

Zhujiajiao is noted for its archaic water country scenery typical of southeast China – old town,
peacefulness, tranquility and elegance. It definitely worth going.


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