On this full-day excursion, venture beyond the modern city of Shanghai to discover one of East China’s traditional waterside towns. Situated beside the Dianshanhu Lake, Zhujiajiao illustrates the customs and culture of old-world China. Commencing your journey at the pier, you’ll travel by air-conditioned motor coach for approximately 1½ hours, past rustic farms and rippling fields of rice. On arrival in the small town of Zhujiajiao, make your way along meandering streets and narrow alleyways. Admire numerous stone bridges and centuries-old buildings of white wall or black brick. Reminiscent of Venice’s canal commerce, the wares made by local women are on display from wooden boats bobbing in the water. Although this community boasts 36 moss-covered bridges, the most famous is the five-arch Fangsheng Bridge—a remnant of the Ming dynasty. Further exploration reveals the Daqing Youju Post Office, which dates back to the Qing dynasty. Next you will visit the Tongtianhe Chinese Pharmacy, the largest one in Zhujiajiao dating from the late Qing dynasty. For centuries this pharmacy has established its fame among the locals as it has adhered to the principle of ‘Healing the Pain & Saving the Life’ based on traditional Chinese ethics and medical culture. Following a delicious lunch of Chinese cuisine at a local restaurant, visit a silk factory and learn how traditional Chinese silk products are made. Discover the mysterious and dramatic lifespan of the silkworm by exploring the whole breeding process, and gain an understanding of the Chinese silk industry through spinning and quilt making demonstrations. Finally you’ll have some free time at the factory store where you can find numerous silk products for sale. Return to the port of Shanghai and re-board your ship.
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We found the tour of the Zhujiajiao to be fantastic. It gave you a quick overview of old China. It also provided you with a feeling of the large Chinese population as the narrow streets were packed with people, mostly other tourists. Local shops along the streets were great. The major disappointment with this tour was with silk factory visit. We felt we would see more of silk being made. Instead we were subjected to,a hard sell to buy carpets and silk products. We were there for over 30 minutes with one minute spent showing you the machine to make silk and over 30 minutes spent harassing you to buy.
When you come from the other side of the world, you want to see the ancient, iconic places of China, and we did. But this traditional, waterside town was a wonderful, beautiful surprise…
If you enjoy taking pictures, as I do, book this excursion. More than any other place we visited in China, this showed a romantic, traditional side, that one may not otherwise associate with China.
I could have spent ALL day here, wandering around the small streets and seemingly haphazard alleys, and gladly would have traded the time scheduled for the pharmacy and post office tours to do more exploring on my own. I enjoyed the pagodas, gondola ride and bridges, and the ladies selling the koi to throw back into the river! There are some inexpensive, local handcrafted things to buy, and wonderful local foods to try.
I was initially disappointed that we were not going to have lunch in Zhujiajiao, until I learned that Holland America chose another place because the restaurants here use the river to wash their dishes in…
The silk factory was interesting and we wound up buying a small wall hanging that reminded us of our time spent exploring ZhuJiajiao. I really LOVED this day!
I liked this excursion. The water town is a tourist attraction for the Chinese people and worth the ride to get there. We had a short boat ride on the river and then explored on our own for a while, choosing not to visit the post office or pharmacy with the guide. Most of the buildings are shops, but if you look beyond, you'll see interesting historical architecture and a place where you can imagine village life many many years ago.. Good souvenir shopping, unidentifiable food sold from shop windows, small streets and bridges and smiling faces everywhere. Some shop keepers were creating their wares in front of us...wood-carving, knitting, and marquetry. The small pedestrian streets were filled with interesting and unusual things to see. The visit to the silk factory was a good opportunity to see how silk is made...from the cocoon to finished product.