Ancient Town of Xitang Tours – Xitang, Zhejiang Province, China

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Ancient Town of Xitang
西塘古镇

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Jiaxing,Zhejiang, China, Zhejiang Province, Xitang

About this place

Xitang is a famous town with thousands of years of history, lying in Jiashan County in Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province.

It dates back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC) and the Warring States Period (476 BC-221 BC).

Xitang was a place of strategic importance on the boundary of the Wu and Yue states. Its flat terrain is marked by a quiet, natural environment with rivers running through it.

From a bird's-eye view of the whole town, one sees blue water sparkling almost in every point the eyes touch and reflections of the houses in the water.

The quiet water, handsome bridges, and the reflections in the early morning and the rosy sunset, fishing boats and the glistening lights in the evening, form an amazing picture full of a sense of poetry which can only be seen in the south lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

People in Xitang, whether local residents or travelers, feel that this is fairyland.

They even have no idea as to whether people are wandering in the picture or the picture is moving in their hearts.

In Xitang, there are well-preserved groups of buildings of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) with relatively high artistic quality and research value.

It is famous for its large number of covered corridors, lanes and bridges.

In Shanghai, you can wait in the waiting hall of the side of No. 5 gate of Shanghai gymnasium of Xuhui District, the bus to Jiashan County will start on time at 09:00 am in every Saturday and Sunday.

In Nanjing, you can wait in the east long-distance bus station and the bus to Jiashan County will set out on time at 14:40 pm.

When you get Jiashan,there are buses from Jiashan County to Xitang about every 10 minutes and the whole journey will take you about 30 minutes.

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Too commercialized now!

By Echo Hu,

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I went to Xitang last week, if you go to Xitang from Nanjing, i suggest you take a bus from Nanjing Central Bus Station, it costs you 105 yuan and 5 hours to Jiashan, then you take a bus to Xitang, 5 yuan, 20 mintues.
I also have been in Wuzhen / Zhouzhuang and some other water towns in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces, i have to say Xitang is too commercialized now!
Althought the views are very beautiful but too many tourists and the streets are full of shops and bars that made me c...read more

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