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Oct 13, 2002 - Zhouzhuang - little Venice

On our final day in Suzhou, we day-tripped to Zhouzhuang, a small town about 40 km southeast of Suzhou. Zhouzhuang calls itself the first water town of China and the old town is full of traditional old buildings fronting on to picturesque canals. Like Venice, the old town is a pedestrian-only area full of narrow winding streets and graceful bridges, and the canals are filled with gondola-like boats and Chinese gondoliers. Zhouzhuang is a huge tourist attraction to the Chinese who come here to shop, take gondola rides, tour the ancient...

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