Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 7¾ Hours
On this full-day excursion, venture beyond the modern city of Shanghai to discover one of East China’s traditional waterside towns. Situated beside the Dianshanhu Lake, Zhujiajiao illustrates the customs and culture of old-world China. Commencing your journey at the pier, you’ll travel by air-conditioned motor coach for approximately 1½ hours, past rustic farms and rippling fields of rice. On arrival in the small town of Zhujiajiao, make your way along meandering streets and narrow alleyways. Admire numerous stone bridges and centuries-old buildings of white wall or black brick. Reminiscent of Venice’s canal commerce, the wares made by local women are on display from wooden boats bobbing in the water. Although this community boasts 36 moss-covered bridges, the most famous is the five-arch Fangsheng Bridge—a remnant of the Ming dynasty. Further exploration reveals the Daqing Youju Post Office, which dates back to the Qing dynasty. Next you will visit the Tongtianhe Chinese Pharmacy, the largest one in Zhujiajiao dating from the late Qing dynasty. For centuries this pharmacy has established its fame among the locals as it has adhered to the principle of ‘Healing the Pain & Saving the Life’ based on traditional Chinese ethics and medical culture. Following a delicious lunch of Chinese cuisine at a local restaurant, visit a silk factory and learn how traditional Chinese silk products are made. Discover the mysterious and dramatic lifespan of the silkworm by exploring the whole breeding process, and gain an understanding of the Chinese silk industry through spinning and quilt making demonstrations. Finally you’ll have some free time at the factory store where you can find numerous silk products for sale. Return to the port of Shanghai and re-board your ship.