Slow boat to China: Incredible photos reveal serene river town where the waterways are streets and riverbanks are markets
You certainly wouldn't mind a slow boat to China if you were bobbing along this river.
While the Great Wall Of China is the very obvious tourist destination, the river-town of Wuzhen is one that should be on the must-see list if you are in the area.
Located in the centre of the six ancient towns south of Yangtze River, 17 kilometres (10.56 miles) north of the city of Tongxiang, Wuzhen displays its history in its ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, its stone pathways between the mottled walls and its delicate wood carvings.
Wuzhen has a population of 60,000, although only 12,000 of these are believed to be permanent residents.
The town is two kilometres long and separated into six districts; traditional workshops district, traditional local-styled dwelling houses district, traditional culture district, traditional food and beverage district, traditional shops and stores district, and water township customs and life district.
And today people from all over the world will be able to enjoy its beauty as the world's first internet conference is held there, focusing on topical issues in cyberspace, including cyber security, online anti-terrorism crackdown, mobile network and cross-border e-commerce.
All the buildings face onto the river, the waterways are the streets and the riverbanks are where the markets spring from. Civilisation of the town dates back some 7,000 years and it lies within the triangle formed by Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai.
Mao Dun, a renowned modern Chinese revolutionary writer, was born in Wuzhen, and his well-known work, 'The Lin's Shop', describes the life of Wuzhen. In 1991, Wuzhen was authorized as the Provincial Ancient Town of History and Culture and ranked first among the six ancient towns south of the Yangtze River.
cathinscotland, Highlands, about 7 hours ago
Aww, I went to China in 1988 and this takes me back. Made me wish, I was back there.
benidormchica, alicante, Spain, about 9 hours ago
The boat will take you to Suzhou another beautiful place with white washed low rise buildings on a network of canals...
termite007, Dayton, about 12 hours ago
the best pics ..but wait...there's more
GamblingJoe.com, Salcombe, United Kingdom, about 13 hours ago
Grmbarian, Grimsby, United Kingdom, about 15 hours ago
Fantastic pictures and a wonderful place it's a shame 99% os China stories on here focus on the negative and not things like this!
Star, UK, United Kingdom, about 15 hours ago
Beautiful. Reminds me Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, which we visited when we were in Shanghai. I can only recommend it.
Mr Tom, Wales, United Kingdom, about 17 hours ago
Gorgeous, I wish I could visit and see how they manage. What is their sewage system and how do they manage mosquitoes?
HarryPottermaniac, New York, American Samoa, about 17 hours ago
honestlyhonest, UK, United Kingdom, about 18 hours ago
Gosh I would love to live there. Rich in culture!
Kobalos, My own little world, United Kingdom, about 18 hours ago
Wow. I need to travel!
Thor Odinson, Azgard, about 19 hours ago
Stunning is the only word that i can thing even comes close to describing this place .. that second picture id love to wake in the morning go for a walk and see the mist slowly lift over the river ..