Zhouhuang & Xitang
Zhouzhuang and Xitang are different in style and things to do. For this reason visiting both will be even more interesting.
Zhouzhuang, located in the Jiangsu Province, is characterized by its narrow canals and its incredible craft and gastronomic heritage.
Xitang, in the province of Zhejiang,is characterized by its covered corridors, narrow streets and picturesque landscapes. It is also famous for providing a background to the Tom Cruise race in the film Mission Impossible III. Your first stop is Zhouzhuang.
We suggest starting from the north and going south, along the main canal keeping on the left side. You will discover immediately, the beauty of ancient stone bridges. On Beishi street, you will meet and photograph the famous Twin Bridges and the Fu'an Bridge. In the same street you will discover the two most important ancient residences of the city.You will encounter first the Zhang Residence. Let I fascinate you with its traditional style.A little further south, the Shen Residence is characterized by elegance and size. We recommend these visits to learn about the lifestyle of two important families of the past, lived in different ages. At this point, cross the main canal and head west. You will visit the amazing Quanfu Temple. Beautiful Buddhist building surrounded by a large, idyllic and hidden space. Continuing north, along the main canal, you will notice a marvelous ancient road. Along Zhengfeng Street you will discover why the city of Zhouzhuang is so special for crafts and business opportunities.The typical products are still handmade by skilled artisans, according to the techniques of the past. This is the ideal place to buy unique souvenirs and for a lunch break. Reinvigorated by local flavors, you can head to the second destination of the day.
Xitang is about 50-minute drive from Zhouzhuang. When you reach Xitang, we suggest you to start your visit from the western side of the scenic area, and then continue east. You will immediately catch the beauty of the canal and the ancient streets and alleys. Along West Street you will meet the Shipi alley, the narrowest and most famous street in the city. Continuing on West Street you will find the Western Garden, a must-see stop on a visit to Xitang. It includes an elegant residence and an internal courtyard with typically traditional features. Ancient stone bridges are one other of Xitang's wonders. From the top of the Huanxiu Bridge (coming back to West Street) you will enjoy an incredible view of the main canal. On the other side of the river, you will meet the true protagonist of the unique landscape of Xitang, the covered corridors. You will learn about the typical products of the artisanal and gastronomic tradition of the city, or stage a run like in the famous scene of the film. At this point, go east, enjoying all the charm of the canals and streets of Xitang. In the south-eastern part of the scenic area you can visit the Ni Residence. After visiting many houses of great value, in this place you can get in touch with the life of ordinary people of the past. Before leaving the city be sure to see and photograph the Wolong Bridge. Located at the north-east end, it is characterized by its size, elegant lines and a legendary history.
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You can choose from the drop-down menu if you want a transportation service of 4-seater private car, or 9-seater tourist bus or 30-seater tourist bus. You are entitled to 8 hours of service. If the itinerary you choose has a duration of less than 8 hours, you can add another PickItLocal itinerary in the same city among those available or just few other attractions, or ask to assist you in visiting another point of interest.The cost of the service refers to a group, regardless of the number of participants (eg if you travel with friends your whole group pays only once)It's a private service, so the mean of transportation you select can be solely used by your group. The parking and lunch costs of the driver are not included in the fee. The costs will be shown to you upon receipts and the amounts can be reimbursed directly to the driver.