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Choose a right water town for yourself!

In the East of China, there are plenty of different and beautiful water towns with some similarities. However, there are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people’s eyes. In my eyes, there is not a best water town, but there is at least one water town which can meet your tastes and needs. According to my personal experiences and my previous guests’ opinions, I selected these options for you. Though, there are much more water towns, such as Zhouzhuang, Wuzhen, Xitang, Luzhi and so on. If you prefer other water towns, that is fine.

Please let me know if you want to know about water towns, I would like to hear from you. 

Tongli Water Town

Tongli water town is relatively convenient for travelers from Shanghai. You can either take a public coach or a private car. It takes 90mins to 120mins from the center (with reasonable traffic). Tongli is close to Suzhou, around 40 minutes by car.

Compared to other water towns, it preserves more traditional Chinese architecture and has a traditional layout. Therefore, it has more similarities with Suzhou, but more peaceful.

Peaceful level: ❤❤❤❤❤

Personal Preference: ❤❤❤❤❤

Convenience: 1.5H to 2H

Time length: 3H to 5H

Nanxun Water Town 

Nanxun water town is further away compared to other water towns. It has the unique combination of European style architecture and the glamour of traditional water towns, which distinguishes itself from others. If you want to spend a longer time in a water town, and love to wander along the river and local areas, it would be a good option for you!

Peaceful level: ❤❤❤❤❤

Personal Preference: ❤❤❤❤❤

Convenience: 2H to 2.5H From Shanghai

Time length: 5H to 7H

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao is the most convenient water town near Shanghai. Therefore, it is getting more and more popular for travelers who come to here for the first time. It is a comparatively recent water town, so that it shows the late period of the Qing dynasty of China. It has more open space and also has diverse things to see. However, its diversities are less authentic. Due to its location, it has become more touristy in recent years. However, if you have limited time and don’t have a private car, it would be a good option for you. It still preserves most elements of traditional Chinese water towns.  

Peaceful level: ❤❤❤

Personal Preference: ❤❤❤

Convenience: 1H to 1.5H From Shanghai

Time length: 3H to 5H

Fengjing Water Town & farmer's paintings village

Fengjing ancient water town is another water town in Shanghai. Compared to Zhujiajiao, it has fewer attractions, but a more authentic atmosphere. When it comes to public transportation, it is not as convenient as Zhujiajiao. However, there is a very interesting farmer's paintings village next to it. If you love unique folk art and authentic places, Fengjing is a good option for you.

Peaceful level: ❤❤❤❤❤

Personal Preference: ❤❤❤❤

Convenience: 1.5H to 2H From Shanghai

Time length: 3H to 5H

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