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Zhouzhuang is China's oldest water town. It is southeast of the city of Suzhou and south of Kunshan. Like several other places, including Suzhou, Zhouzhuang has been described as the Venice of China because it has many picturesque canals. 

There are a lot of tourists (predominantly from China), which means high prices and lots of people hustling you to buy things. On holidays and weekends the old town will be so packed that it is difficult to move around. This aside it's worth the visit.

The town retains the styles and patterns of its ancient past. Its most famous attractions are Fu’an Bridge, Double Bridge, Shen's Residence and Zhang's Residence. Zhouzhuang is surrounded and crisscrossed by lakes and rivers, and no less than 14 stone bridges cross the rivers, giving the town its distinctive appearance. All houses were built on the river banks and every family has its own pier.

- Wikivoyage

Image by Mesut Kaya

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