Joined a long line to catch the bus to Zhujiajiao:
An hour's ride later, we arrived at the most famous of Shanghai's water towns, Zhujiajiao/Zhu Family Settlement. Known as the "Venice of Shanghai," it was first settled during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). It was known for rice and textile production. Now it has a historic district filled with Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) era buildings.
We purchased the all-options tourist ticket that included 9 sites and were given detailed directions on what route to follow. First we climbed over the iconic Fangsheng Bridge, for a view of the Caogang Creek and gondolas:
At the top of the bridge is the Dragon Gate Stone:
One of the four "lifelike" stone lions:
This bridge is one of 36 bridges in Zhujiajiao.
Turtles for sale:
A pair of knockers:
A print in the reception hall shows koala-like squirrels:
At the entrance to the garden itself stood a large Taihu rock in the shape of a horse's head:
The landmark 5-story Moon-viewing Tower:
A gondola ride was included in our ticket.
Gondoliering is hard work:
A gondola race:
Um, washing dished in the canal:
Canal scene from Tai'an Bridge:
(It looked like it was about to rain any second, so we kept moving!)
A well at the temple:
I know, I know, if Zhujiajiao is in Shanghai, how could we be going back to Shanghai? Zhujiajiao is in metro Shanghai and we were returning to the city...