Water Taxi’s of Zhouzhuang
Venice of the East
About an hour and a half bus ride from Shanghai is Zhouzhuang, known for their water canals its a quaint town with a long history of around 1,000 years.
In its heyday Zhouzhuang was a trading center for silk, food and many handicrafts. Nowadays it relies on tourism and is one of the top ten visited destinations in China.
We decided to take a boat thru that canals and was relatively quiet due to our early arrival.
Early morning the area is serene and most likely how it used to be many years ago.
We started to see more taxis as our boat ride was coming to an end.
You do not need to take one of the water taxis to get great photos. There are more than a dozen stone bridges that cross the canals and make for great photos.
Wandering the streets and alleys takes you back into a different era. The views and occasional smells make you think of how it used to be.
There are places to have a bit to eat, trinkets for sale and a few tea houses overlooking the canals.
We had to try the Dingsheng cake, made from flour, fruit jam and sweet red bean paste. We bought them and wanted to find a tea house nearby but unfortunately the Dingsheng cake did not make it that far.
We ran across these stacks of Terra cotta pots storing something? Whiskey or maybe some sort of pickeled vegetables.
If your visiting Shanghai and Hangzhou it is well worth a quick day trip to Zhouzhuang, you will not be dissapointed