Located in the Qingpu District of Shanghai. The small town of a population of 60,000 boasts of 36 stone bridges. And numerous rivers runs through Zhujiajiao with many ancient buildings still lined on the riverbanks today
The town has a very vibrant ancient water village.
In the past Zhujiajiao was an important trading hub for the surrounding countryside, and many of the buildings still intact date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Traditionally, goods and people were ferried on the small canals from house to house, passing under the 36 ancient stone bridges that are all still in use by locals and tourists alike.
The village prospered through clothing and rice businesses. Today, old historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and even a Qing dynasty post office can still be found.
Zhujiajiao has many sights of historic interest, such as Fangsheng Bridge, Kezhi Garden and the Yuanjin Buddhist Temple.
However, recent overdevelopment threatens the village's authenticity - most notably the current (2012) conversion of its people's square into shops and the large-scale shopping and entertainment complexes being constructed in and around the Old Town.
Something which is absolutely worth visiting though, is the Water Heavens performance by Tan Dun. Located by the riverbank in the old town, just a few minutes walking straight from Kezhi garden parking lot.
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