Wuzhen - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Wuzhen is a historic scenic town, part of Tongxiang, in northern Zhejiang Province, China. Panorama of the local-styled dwelling houses .
Wuzhen - FURTHER INFORMATION
Wuzhen - Jiaxing visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Wuzhen' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Zhejiang.
Wuzhen is one of the six ancient towns south of the Yangtze River, on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal of China. It is 17km north of Tongxiang and 30km east of Jiaxing in Zhejiang province. The town is a very popular tourist destination, whose principle attractions are the numerous canals, bridges and ancient buildings, designated a Provincial Ancient Town of History and Culture. Wuzhen was also the home of Mao Dun, a modern contemporary writer in China who based his book 'The Lin's Shop' here.
Wuzhen is the only Ancient Water Town adjacent to the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. The town is well known for fish, rice and silk production, with most of the layout and buildings unchanged for hundreds of years, with little changing since it was founded in 872AD. Rivers divide Wuzhen into four districts, Dongshan, Nanshan, Xishan and Beishan. Around 2 million visitors come to Wuzhen each year to wander the alleyways, browse traditional craft shops, eat at the local restaurants and wonder across some of the 120 stone bridges that cross the network of canals. In 2003 Wuzhen won the Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Outstanding Heritage Conservation.
This map of Wuzhen shows 360 panoramas from some of the sights and attractions within the town. Some of the most popular tourist attractions here include:
- Ancient Coins and Paper Money Museum - located in an early 20th century building on Guanqian Street, the museum houses one of the most extensive collections of coin and paper money in China from the gold-covered copper coin of the Shang Dynasty (16th to 11th centuries BC) onwards. The collection includes many very rare items.
- Blue Cloth Workshop - working dyeing and weaving workshop with a small museum about the history of the craft.
- Bridge in Bridge - formed by the Tongji Bridge and Renji Bridge, both ancient arch bridges, each forming a frame through which the other bridge can be seen.
- Fanglu Pavilion - ancient tea house south of Ying Bridge and backing onto the city river, established during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and reputedly the best tea house in Wuzhen.
- Jiangnan Folk Custom Museum - set in the former home of the wealthy Jin family in Dongshan district, the museum contains wax works and exhibits themed on the folk custom of Late Qing Dynasty and Republic of China. Highlights include the Festival and Folkway Hall themed on the lifestyles of Wuzhen civilians during the various seasons, and the Wedding Ceremony Hall exploring wedding traditions.
- Jiangnan Hundred-Bed Museum - museum containing ancient, carved beds including a traditional wedding bed of a wealthy merchant.
- Jiangnan Woodcarving Diplay Hall - former residence of the Xu Family in Dongshan, also known as aihua Hall or Hundred-Flower Hall, it exhibits many fine carvings on various themes.
- Mao Dun's House - 19th century home in which the revolutionary writer Mao Dun lived, housing three exhibitions ('Wuzhen, the Hometown of Mao Dun', 'the Way of Mao Dun', and 'the Former Residence of Mao Dun').
- Museum of Ancient Bridges - Wuzhen contains so many ancient, stone bridges that the entire town is sometimes referred to as the Museum of Ancient Bridges.
- Rice Wine Workshop - Rice wine has long been closely associated with the arts, poetry and philosophy. Many larger households had their own rice wine workshops. This one still employs traditional methods.
- Tongxiang Flower Drum Opera - outdoor opera stage next to Xin Hua Road
- White Lotus Tower - at 51.75 meters high this is the tallest structure in Wuzhen, rising 7 tiers from Rising Lotus Square.
- Yida Silk Store - showing the whole process of silk manufacture, from growing silk caterpillars on mulberry trees by the river, through to the weaving of Wujin (Brocade of Wuzhen) favoured by past emperors.
- Xiuzhenguan - built in 998 by a Taoist named Zhang Dongming in the center of Wuzhen, this is one of the top-three Taoist temples in Jiangnan.