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5 Water Towns in Shanghai - Absorb the History

Bridges, temples and famous people are all part of the scenic water towns of Shanghai. Boasting histories of over 1,500 years these water ways are marvellous for experiencing ancient culture.



Fengjing in the past was the main connecting town to the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang. The town has a history of over 1,500 years; there are loads to explore there in the form of ancient temples, bridges, lanes and famous figures. Fengjing is also the place of origin for the famous Jinshan Peasant paintings. These paintings are acclaimed across China and the world for its vivid display of peasant life through the use of vibrant colours and skilled painting.



Qibao is truly a town of great beauty; within the ancient town centre there is a boulevard that stretches for 360 metres along the South-North Boulevard. The southern section of this boulevard is dedicated to foodies with a bevy of food stalls lining the streets; on offer are all sorts of local and regional delicacies. Must try food include lamb meat, famous Qibao square cake and Haitang cake. The northern edge of the boulevard is dedicated to the culture loving tourist; there you will come across many shops selling authentic souvenirs such as handicrafts, arts and traditional crafts. Visit historical attractions such as the old boulevard and Tangqiao. At the old boulevard you can see how traditional industries have transitioned to the modern quarters of the south-north region of the city. If you are intent on exploring these fascinating towns choose the convenience of a serviced apartment in Shanghai; the modern abodes offer you all the conveniences of a home stay and comforts of a conventional hotel.



Zhijiajiao is referred to as the 'Venice of Shanghai' and is quite close to central city attractions such Lippo Plaza, Shanghai Central Square and Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai for business or leisure stays. Well established as a central water town in Shanghai over 1,700 years ago this town was famous for its country fair as early as the Warring States Period of China. The town prospered during the Ming Dynasty with many merchants favouring the fast growing town. Wander around and you will come across the interesting remains of the antique market and streets and alleys originating during the Qing and Ming Dynasties. Zhijiajiao is known for its tranquil environs and laid back lifestyles of its simple people.



Known as 'Silver Nanxiang' this is a business town that dates back to almost 1,500 years. Nanxiang was listed as a culturally significant town in Shanghai in the year 1991; it is located in the northwest sector of Shanghai and is the southern gateway for the Jia ding district. If you relish ancient Chinese culture and traditions do add Nanxiang to your list of places to visit.


Dianshan Lake

Take along the camera for this district is known for its stunning sunsets. It is no wonder that the 62km long lake is popularly known as the 'Lake Geneva of the East'. Dianshan Lake borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang.