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Nanxun Water Town Day Tour from Shanghai 8 Hours, Shanghai (SHALC-98)

Nanxun Water Town Day Tour from Shanghai

Nanxun Water Town Day Tour from Shanghai


  • Visit a rare ancient town in China with mixed Western and Chinese styles
  • Admire houses and courtyards which are both dated and stylish
  • Experience the lives of local people in the town
  • Have lunch in a restaurant beside the river
  • Take a stroll along the canal and meet the locals living there
  • Enjoy the views more privately and peacefully than in other water towns around Shanghai

Tour Description


Your Hotel in Shanghai to Nanxun Water Town

After meeting your tour guide at the lobby of your hotel, you will be transferred to Nanxun water town. Your car will be a 7-seater, equipped with air-conditioner and driven by an experienced driver, who has driven between Shanghai and Nanxun more than 100 times.

Feel free to ask your tour guide any question about Nanxun, Shanghai or China during the 2.5-hour car ride. He or she will be more than happy to answer you!

Tour Guides for the Tour Your tour guides Candy (left) and Julie (Right)


Arrival at Nanxun Water Town

As the richest town in modern Chinese history and now one of Jiangnan’s Six Water Towns, Nanxun Water Town is an ancient town with a history of over 900 years. It is also in Nanxun town that Western and Chinese culture are combined so well. For photographers, there are many good photo opportunities.

Only in Nanxun you can see a lot of local people still living downtown in the water town. It is the water town where you can expect fewer tourists and taste the tranquility. Go before crowds start flooding in!


First Impressions of Nanxun

Your tour guide will help you build some first impressions of Nanxun from the Little Lotus Garden and Jiayetang Private Library.

Little Lotus Garden

This garden was the private garden of one of the richest merchants in Nanxun. It took the merchant and his descendants 40 years to complete the project of designing the garden. Many tourists believe the garden even exceeds those in Suzhou, which has ancient gardens widely considered to be the most exquisite in China. Photographers will find lots of photo opportunities here.

Jiayetang Private Library

This library also belonged to the family of the creator of Little Lotus Garden. It is the place in Nanxun with most historical connections. The golden plaque hanging in the library of the Jiayetang (Jiaye Hall) was presented by Pu Yi, the last emperor of China. It is impossible to read the 110,000 books in the library, but it is quite feasible to read and understand some of the culture of Nanxun from the architectural structure of the two-story building.

20-Minute Sculling Boat Ride

You will see Nanxun from a different angle during this 20-minute sculling boat ride. As your boat moves forward, the houses on both banks and the lives of local people will be broadcast like a slide show.

Little Lotus Garden and Jiayetang Little Lotus Garden (left) and Jiayetang Private Library (Right)


Have Lunch in a Restaurant beside the River

In the minds of Chinese people, beautiful views can be food for the soul. This restaurant beside the river provides you with both beautiful river views and delicious local food. Enjoy yourself!


In-Depth Cultural and Historical Tour of Nanxun

Attractions to be visited in the afternoon include the Jili Silk Museum, the Liu Family Compound, the One-Hundred Residential Houses and the Former Residence of Zhang Jingjiang.

Jili Silk Museum

This museum is used to store the best silk from Jili Village in Nanxun. There are 5 halls in the museum, with exhibitions of weaving machines, silk clothes and even the silkworms themselves.

Liu Family Compound

This is another old site built by the merchant Liu, who owned Little Lotus Garden and the Jiayetang Private Library. From outside, the compound appears the same as other compounds in Nanxun, but inside it is decorated in completely Western style. Besides, the statues in the compound are exquisite.

One-Hundred Residential Houses

With a history of over 400 years, the One-Hundred Residential Houses are the most original still-extant part of Nanxun. Local people still live in the houses, which have been repaired many times during the last 400 years but have never been rebuilt. Furthermore, none of the houses is used as a tourist shop, so you can enjoy the history, culture and river views, without being disturbed by people buying and selling.

Former Residence of Zhang Jingjiang

This is a typical grand house of the South Yangtze River area. Every room in the house tells you a story about Zhang Jingjiang (1887–1950 AD), a revolutionary who opposed feudalism in China. Various relics in the house show visitors something of Zhang’s advanced thinking at the beginning of the 20th century.

One-Hundred Residential Houses One-Hundred Residential Houses


Nanxun Water Town to Your Hotel in Shanghai

You will be transferred back to your hotel in Shanghai after the tour. Due to traffic congestion, it may take 3 hours or more to reach your hotel. We suggest you bring something with you to eat in the car.

Important Info

  • Operates: daily
  • Departure point: Hotels in  Shanghai
  • Return details: returns to the original departure point
  • Languages: English|German |French|Spanish|Russian|Italian (The price is based on an English-speaking guide. Extra fees apply if you need a guide with another language)
  • The price of this tour will rise during the China National Day holiday (September 30th to October 7th) and Chinese New Year holiday (February 15th to February 21th in 2018)

Price Per Person in US Dollars

1 People 2 - 3 People 4 - 5 People 6 - 9 People
$ 322 $ 191 $ 150 $ 110

What’s included?

  • Necessary transfers during the tour
  • A local private English-speaking guide
  • A private air-conditioned car or van, according to the size of your group number, with a local driver
  • Admission tickets to all listed attractions/activities/shows
  • Local meals listed in the itinerary

Good to Know

  • This is a private tour. The local private English-speaking guide and the private car will serve your group only.
  • You will receive a confirmation letter within 24 hours of making your payment.
  • Your guide will contact you in the evening (Your guide will call you at around 18:00. If you missed your guide’s phone call, he or she will send you a short message) before your tour and confirm the exact pick-up time according to your preference.
  • Your guide will pick you up in your hotel lobby on the tour date at the appointed time.
  • The meal (if included) is in a Chinese restaurant and your guide will help you order the dishes according to your taste.
  • There is absolutely no forced shopping.
  • An extra fee applies if you need to be picked up or dropped off from/to airports or cruise terminals.

from US $ 191 p/p

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