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Wuzhen Water Town


Wuzhen Water Town
Wuzhen Water Town, Hangzhou
Wuzhen Water Town
Wuzhen Water Town, China

Wuzhen lies in Tongxiang City of Zhejiang Province. The town is divided into four zones by a cross-shaped river. In the meanwhile it is the only ancient water town adjacent to the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. It is renowned as the ¡°the last resting-on-water town¡± in China. Due to its warm and humid climate, its abundant rainfalls and sunshine, products here are rich, making Wuzhen well-known as the¡± town of fish, rice and silk¡±.

Wuzhen enjoys a history of more than 1000 years, dating back from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-446BC). The ancient Grand Canal is the cradle of the splendid culture of Wuzhen. In the past over 1000 years, Wuzhen has never changed its name, address, water system or lifestyle.

The traditional buildings are still well preserved after crossing so many rough years. Within the town, with a dense network of rivers and wharves, people build their house along the rivers, and establish markets close to bridges. Stone railings and arch bridges, arched gates across the streets, imposing dwellings and spacious courtyards, river banks and verandas are all well preserved, presenting an original ecological scene of water town in Jiangnan (the South of Yangtze River).

Within the town, there are now more than 40 hectares of late 19th Century original buildings, and more than 100 ancient stone bridges of different shapes.In the town, watercourses and flagstone streets extend in all directions and intercross here and there. The native residents live peacefully in their old houses by water, like their ancestors do before long time ago.

Wuzhen is a living fossil of oriental civilization for its profound history and culture, graceful water town scenery, unique-flavored delicious food, various folk-customs and festivals. It¡¯s a kind of beauty naturally endowed. While displaying the extraordinary charming of Chinese ancient culture and the soul of oriental life, Wuzhen has become a disseminator of traditional culture and an emissary of the communication between China and foreign countries.

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