Water Town Impression
Water town travel is a hot option of China travel to foreigners, though the city tours to Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou are still prominent. As the popularity and promotion of Chinese culture via national Confucius Colleges in different countries all over the world, the basics of Chinese culture are gradually learnt and accepted by westerners. They read a lot about China and Chinese culture, so they are more eager to have a look at China and touch Chinese culture by virtue of traveling to China. Jiangnan as a vital center of Chinese traditional culture is their must-see tourist destination, and Jiangnan water towns are the living show of Chinese tradition surely should be taken as an important option. In water towns, visitors can feel the delicacy and exquisiteness of Chinese culture, and the real aspect of Chinese people’s daily lifestyle, which is not the standardized or internationalized one in big cities. Traveling to water towns in some way is touching the original of Chinese culture...(More Details)
China water towns mostly are located in east China region, which is traditionally regarded as Jiangnan, a poetic and classic region highlighted with the traditional elite culture and folk culture. Jiangnan water towns may be easier to be understood as East China water town in line with viewing a standard Chinese map, and in this way, China water towns are Jiangnan water towns. Jiangnan water towns gradually shape their own characteristics in a history of thousands of years. Since Wu Kingdom, Chu Kingdom and Yue Kingdom explored and developed this region, and firstly surpassed the middle China in Jin Dyansty in the aspects of economy and culture, Jiangnan has been an important center of Chinese culture, education, economy and academics.
Jiangnan water towns are roughly situated in today’s south regions of Anhui province and Jiangsu province, north regions of Jiangxi province and Zhejiang province as well as Shanghai. This area is the traditional center of Jiangnan region, also the highlights of Jiangnan culture. Jiangnan gets its charm from water, so towns of Jiangnan is built on the water and decorated by water. Water in a most degree is the blood water towns, and gives this special region endless inspiration, vigor and enchantment. Traveling to these water towns, visitors actually experience the history of Jiangnan, and the active regional culture and lifestyle like the water. The most famous water towns in east China are represented by Zhouzhuang Water Town, Wuzhen Water Town, Luzhi Water Town, Nanxun Water Town, Tongli Water Town , Mudu Water Town, Wuyuan Town, Xidi Ancient Village, Hongcun Ancient Village, Zhujiajiao Water Town and Chongming Water Town
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China water towns are the highlights of Chinese travel resources and the popular tourist destinations in China. Majority of them belong to the former residential clusters of a certain family group with the same clan and family names. Generally, a town has a landmark building, which used to be the ancestral temple. It is easily found in some typical ancient water towns like Xidi and Hongcun ancient villages(in ancient times, they were big towns). In East China, China water towns represented by Zhouzhuang and Wuzhen are apt to commercialization, but most of their buildings still remains the history and tradition of this region.
As the quintessence of China tours, water town tours are the popular options of western tourists when they firstly travel to east China. Water tow tours surely are the one of the best ways to touch a real China, a true folk China, and a different show from the impression of China that tourists get from government. The most famous one among many water towns is Wuzhen, which is located in Tongxiang, Jiaxing city, a region between Shanghai and Hangzhou. After being tired of the metropolitan tour in Shanghai, and being less interested in Suzhou and Hangzhou tours, known as the backyard tour of Shanghai, water town tours are the best alternative to see China in other way...