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1-Day Xitang Ancient Water Town Tour from Shanghai

On this tour you will enjoy a one-day (about 8 hours) excursion from Shanghai to Xitang Ancient Water Town. Xitang is a famous town with thousands of years of history.

It looks as though an ink painting is scrolling along right before your eyes, making you feel relaxed and happy. Whether local residents or travelers, most people in the town stroll around without a care in the world. The tour will help you relax.


  • Walk along the famous long corridor
  • Take a gondola ride through the ancient town to relax
  • Visit the most distinctive alley in Xitang
  • See various root carvings, buttons and old tiles

What You Can Expect

Our guide and transfer car

The night before: Your exact pickup time will be confirmed

Your guide will call you between 7 and 8 pm the night before your tour, to confirm the exact pickup time according to your preference. If you don’t answer, your guide will leave a message at the front desk.

If you don’t receive a call or a message before 8 pm, please call our Shanghai Office on 13910694045. We will sort things out.

  • Your car is an air-conditioned 7-seater business car.
  • Your guide, fluent in English, knows water town culture very well.
  • Your driver, having worked for over 5 years, is highly experienced.

8:30-10:30 Shanghai Hotel Pickup and Transfer to Xitang

You will be picked up at the appointed time at your hotel lobby in Shanghai. Then you will be transferred to Xitang. The drive covers a distance of 90 km and takes about 1.5 hours.

During the drive, your guide will introduce to you the day’s highlights. We provide bottled water and snacks for you in your vehicle.

10:30-10:50 Take a Gondola Ride to Enjoy the View

The town is endowed with 9 rivers converging in a quiet natural environment. Rivers are the essence of the little town. The rivers divide the town into 8 sections, linked by many bridges. Take a gondola to appreciate the town.

10:50-11:20 Visit Yanyu Corridor and Yongning Bridge

Inside the town, there is much well-preserved architectural heritage constructed during the Ming (1368-1644 AD) and Qing (1644-1912 AD) dynasties.

The best-known sight in the town is the Yanyu Corridor, 1,000 meters long. The roofed corridor has many small shops, selling handicrafts, snacks, coffee, and souvenirs. You can watch the boats in the rivers as you walk along the corridor.

Then proceed to Yongning Bridge, which is one of the best points from which to take photos of Xitang.

11:30-12:00 Wood Carving Museum

You will see lots of ancient wood carvings at the museum, including tables, chairs, window-frames and sculptures.

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Lunch will be at a local restaurant and your guide will help you order dishes according to your taste.

13:00-13:30 Ni House and Shipi Alley

Ni House was the residence of rich merchants. You will see fine furniture and delicate decorations there.

Xitang is packed with 122 alleys, of which Shipi Alley is the most distinctive, the longest and narrowest.

In ancient times there were many prosperous and well-established families living in Xitang, so many mansions can be seen there. Shipi Alley is paved with 168 flagstones between the Wang family and the Sun family’s mansions. It retains its ancient and unique charm to this day.

You will walk along some different lanes connecting the town. The narrowest is about 31 inches wide.

13:30-15:00 Tile Museum, Button Museum and Root-Carving Museum

button museum
Button Museum in Xitang

Tiles were used on the roofs of old houses in China. In the Tile Museum, you can see tiles from different dynasties made in different styles, with different patterns; such as animals, flowers or scenes from stories or myths. The oldest tile in the museum is over 1,000 years old.

In the Button Museum, visitors can not only admire buttons from all over the world, but can also make some buttons!

You will also see various root carvings, for example. Most roots used for carving already have an intriguing shape to begin with. Artists just paint and modify them to make them even more attractive.

15:00-17:00 Transfer Back to Shanghai

You will be transferred back to Shanghai. If you need a transfer to the airport or cruise terminal, please let us know. Please note that you should arrive at the airport 1.5 hours ahead of departure for domestic flights, and 2.5 hours for international flights.

Good to Know

  • Your guide will contact you the night before your tour to confirm your exact pickup time.
  • This is a non-shopping tour, so you won’t waste time shopping.
  • This private tour can be tailored exclusively for you and your family/friends. If you would like to adjust the itinerary, please feel free to contact us.
  • If you need to transfer to an airport or cruise terminal, extra fees may be charged.

Price Per Person in US Dollars

1 Person 2 - 3 Person 4 - 5 Person 6 - 9 Person
$ 256 $ 149 $ 107 $ 85

* Price per Person in US Dollars 1 Person $ 123 The price may change during some festivals including Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid- Autumn Day and National Day (1st-7th October).

* The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

* An extra fee may be applied if there is a pickup or drop-off earlier than 09:00 or later than 19:00.

Price Inclusion

  • Private English-speaking guide service fee
  • Private transfer service with air-conditioned vehichle
  • All entrance tickets and meals listed above
  • Service charge and tax
  • China life tourist accident/casualty insurance
  • Luggage transfers


Price Exclusion

  • Airfare/train tickets/hotel/China visa
  • Any meals not listed above
  • Tips to the tour guide and driver
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping and attractions that are not listed in the itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges and travel insurance
  • Extra fee may be applied if there is a pickup or drop-off earlier 09:00 or later than 19:00


Tour Code: SHALC-12

Tour type: One Day Trips  (Private Tour)

from US $149 p/p

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