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Zhouzhuang Ancient Town
Zhouzhuang Ancient Town

Zhouzhuang Ancient Town

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Ranked #14 in Suzhou things to do
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Zhouzhuang Town, Kunshan couty, Suzhou City
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San Francisco, California

ZhouZhuang is most notably known as a water town from its various canals leading as transport, and is demonstrated in this tourist attraction.

Rated as an AAAAA attraction by the Chinese Tourist Commission, I had high hopes coming in, but left feeling a little disappointed. Let me explain.

There are many interesting (albeit old) buildings inside the park, and you can appreciate the "water town" feel, but it also felt it was too commerialized. While one can see they attempted to keep the "ancient" feel, you can't help but feel that this was a complete tourist trap. There was no walking room within the confines of the park, and every store you went into, the prices were jacked wayyy up (be sure to bargain!!)

Don't get me wrong though, the town sports an awesome scenic view, and you can take a 20 minute boat ride to snap pictures and whatnot, but going in, I expected much more.

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Nanjing, China

It's really hot in July here! The old houses surrounded by water are feeling good.

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Zhouzhuang is a town in Jiangsu province, China. It is located within Kunshan county-level city,belong to Suzhou city.

Zhouzhuang is a popular touristic destination. It is one of the most famous water townships in China, noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs. It has been called the "Venice of the East".

In the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC), Zhouzhuang was a part of the fief Yaocheng and called Zhenfengli. After being donated to Full Fortune (Quanfu) Temple by Zhou Digong, a very devout Buddhist, in 1086 during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), Zhouzhuang got its present name as a memorial of the donor.

In an area of half a square kilometer (124 acres), 60 percent of the Zhouzhuang's structures were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, which is from 1368 to 1911.

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Klang, Malaysia

Beautiful place with various funny rocks.

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