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1-Day Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Tour from Shanghai

This customizable Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town tour takes about 8 hours. Just an hour's drive from Shanghai, you will see a totally different idyllic beauty from Shanghai.

The most famous ancient water town, Zhouzhuang, has a history of over 1,000 years. You will feel something of its ancient legacy.

You will visit the famous Twin Bridges (Shuangqiao), favorites of many painters and photographers. Other elegant attractions, such as stone bridges and Kun Opera, also await you there.


  • Relax in Zhouzhuang Water Town, including visits to Zhang's House and Shen's House
  • Take a gondola ride down the waterways of Zhouzhuang
  • See buildings from the Ming (1368–1644 AD) and Qing (1644–1912 AD) dynasties
  • Observe Kun Opera, a special kind of opera in China
  • Enjoy special relaxed moments created by being in the ancient Zhouzhuang

What You Can Expect

Our guide and transfer car

The Night Before Your Tour: Confirmation of the Exact Pickup Time

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 the phone, your guide will leave a message at the front desk.

If you don't receive a call or a message at your hotel desk by 8 pm, please call our Shanghai Office on 13910694045. We will aim to resolve any problems immediately.

  • Your car is a 7-seater air-conditioned business car.
  • Your guide, fluent in English, is informative and knows the water towns very well.
  • Your driver is a professional with over 5 years of experience

8:30-10:00 Shanghai Hotel Pick-Up and Transfer to Zhouzhuang


Your guide will wait for you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time, and transfer you to Zhouzhuang. It takes about 80 minutes on the road and during the journey your insightful guide will introduce you to the main plans for the day. Bottled water and snacks will be provided in your vehicle.

10:00-11:30 Zhouzhuang Museum and Milou Tower

Go to Zhouzhuang Museum for a first impression of the town. Then visit Milou Tower, where poets often go to share their ideas.

11:30-12:00 Zhenfeng Street

Wandering around Zhenfeng Street, you will feel the rich cultural atmosphere of the town. Shops, traditional Chinese medicine stores, handicrafts and tea houses decorate the streets.

12:00-13:00 Lunch at a Local Restaurant

Your guide will help you order dishes in a local restaurant.

13:00-14:30 Twin Bridges, Zhang's House and Shen's House

After lunch, you will visit the most famous attraction in Zhouzhuang.

Twin Bridges

The Twin Bridges, located at the center of Zhouzhuang, refers to Yong'an Bridge and Shide Bridge. These two stone bridges were built in 1573 AD and link together like a key. So they are also called the Key Bridges.

The Twin Bridges have become more renowned owing to the work of Chen Yifei, a famous painter. His painting of the Key Bridges is exhibited in the gallery of Armand Hamer in the US.

Zhang's House

Private School in Zhang's House

Zhang's House is near the Twin Bridges. It was built during the Qing dynasty. Covering over 1,800 square meters, it has six courtyards and more than 70 rooms. It also has an ancient private school, with antique desks and seats.

Shen's House

Shen's House was built by the descendant of Shen Wansan, a wealthy merchant in the town during the Qing dynasty.

Almost every visitor to Zhouzhuang goes to Shen's House to get a feel for its history and wealth. You will see fine decorations everywhere, covering an area of about 2,000 square meters.?

14:30-15:00 Nanhu Qiuyue Garden

15:00-15:30 The Former Residence of Shen Wansan

Little shoes

Shen Wansan was one of the richest merchants in the Ming dynasty. You will hear the story of this rich man.

15:00-16:30 Transfer Back to Shanghai

You will be transferred back to Shanghai after the tour. If you need a transfer to the airport or cruise terminal, tell us your departure time in advance, so we can arrange your transfer.

Please note that you should arrive at the airport 1.5 hours ahead of departure time for domestic flights, and 2.5 hours for international flights.

Good to Know

  • Your English-speaking guide and driver only serve your party on your tour dates.
  • Your guide may rearrange the order of the attractions you visit, according to the situation on your tour day. You will definitely see all the highlights of Zhouzhuang.
  • The tour operates daily.
  • Extra fees are required if you need a transfer to or from the airport or cruise terminal. You will be advised of the exact fee.
  • An extra fee will be applied if your hotel is outside the middle ring road in Shanghai.
  • You will receive a confirmation letter within 24 hours of payment.

Price Per Person in US Dollars

1 Person 2 - 3 Person 4 - 5 Person 6 - 9 Person
$ 241 $ 141 $ 96 $ 79

* 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-6

Tour type: One Day Trips  (Private Tour)

from US $141 p/p

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