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Zhujiajiao free

Qingpu | Shanghai, China | Official website
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  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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The "Venice in Shanghai" is open for business, so grab your wallet and come to this ancient water town. Comprised of numerous canals, bridges, and narrow streets, Zhujiajiao is a neighborhood that enchants visitors with its intimate charms. You'll find tiny cafés down back alleys, friendly boatmen offering rides, and hole-in-the-wall shops selling souvenirs.

One TripAdvisor user says, "There were a thousand things to look at and places to poke around. [But] We were also accompanied by about a half million of our closest friends." The crowds are the one thing that can disrupt the unique atmosphere of this neighborhood, so be sure to tour during off-peak times. Weekdays are ideal.

You're free to walk around Zhujiajiao anytime on any day; however, getting here can be a challenge. The water town is a good distance west of the city center. The easiest way to reach Zhujiajiao is to take a taxi from downtown Shanghai, which should cost you between 150 to 200 CNY (about $24 to $32 USD) each way. But, if you'd like to save some dough, take the hour-long bus ride from the Puanlu bus station near People's Square in Shanghai. This will only set you back 12 CNY (about $2 USD). Just make sure you get on the Hùzhu Gaosù Kuàixiàn bus line. For more information, check out our guide to Getting Around Shanghai. Also, consult the town's official website.

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