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Zhouzhuang Water Town


Zhouzhuang, Suzhou
Zhouzhuang
Known as a collection of beauty of China's water town, Zhouzhuang, Jiangsu, like a lotus on the water, is surrounded by rivers as Nanbeichi, Houxiang, Youcheyang and Zhongshi. There are many bridges as well, the most famous being Yong'an and Shide, alias Double Bridge, from which many artists have drawn inspiration, including the eminent painter Chen Yifei. Sitting on a boat, you may be carried away by the quiet and beautiful scene. At night when all streets are empty, you catch a glimpse of dim lights down the narrow lanes. Occasionally, the sweet peace is punctuated by the distant sound of laughter, and a harmonious environment is created----both fragrant and tasteful.

Although more than 900 years have past, its architectural style is still well preserved, more than 60 percent of the residential houses were built during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, consisting of nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved brick archways. The houses commonly have two floors, with white walls and black roofs, various styles of windows out of which often poke many bamboo poles carrying the household laundry.

The most interesting travel route is walking along the banks or rowing a boat through the stone arch bridges to view the residential houses along the waterside. The local people use the water to do their washing, and also do their shopping by lowering a pole with a basket on the end to the vendors sitting in their boats. Along the roads, there are various forms of stone blocks every 10 meters for the boats stop.

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