Unsatisfied with Suzhou, the following day we made a day trip to Zhouzhuang. Like Suzhou, Zhouzhuang is a famous water town and also shares the name Venice of the East.
We purchased a tour tickets in Shanghai on a recommendation from our hotel, the tickets included bus ride and a few entry tickets for ¥140 per person. On arrival in Zhouzhuang we had lunch and tasted what we believe are some of the more traditional dishes; pork shoulder (Wansan Tipang), molluscs and an interesting cold chicken dish that none of us were game enough to try.
Chen Yifei and the Twin Bridge
The Twin Bridge. Consisting of Yong’an Bridge and Shide Bridge, is one of the historical monuments and cultural relics listed under the protection of Jiangsu Province.
One of the attractions was Shen House; Shen House was the private property of the descendant of Shen Wansan, the first millionaire of Jiangnan. The interiors had various items which you could not touch; around the exterior were very beautiful gardens.
Boat ride along Zhouzhuang canals
The highlight of Zhouzhuang was the boat ride through the old town. We tipped the oarsman ¥20 to sing three songs during the ride.