There are lots of trains from Shanghai South Station or Shanghai Hongqiao Station to Jiashan Station (Jiashan is a county where Xitang Water Town is located in) or Jianshan South Station every day. It is suggested to take a taxi from the Jianshan Station or Jiashan South Station to Xitang Water Town. It costs around 50 RMB and takes around 40 minutes to go to Xitang Water Town from either of the two stations.
There buses from several bus stations in Shanghai to Xitang Water Town every day. The bus stations are:
|Bus Stations||Address of Bus Stations|
|Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Station||No.1666, Zhongxing Road, Zhabei District|
|Huangpu Tourist Center||NO.1588, Waima Road, Huangpu District|
|Pudong East Bus Station||NO.3843, Pudong South Road, Pudong District|
|Shanghai South Long-Distance Bus Station||NO.666, Shilong Road, Xuhui District|
Please note there are no fixed bus timetables and the ticket prices fluctuate in different months, it is advisable to go to one of the bus stations to buy bus tickets.
Open hours: 8:00-16:30
Entrance Fee: 100 RMB, including all the 11 attractions in Xitang Water Town and the Wuguniang Themed Park
Entering the Xitang Water Town from the YejIa Lane and starting your tour in a counter-clockwise direction will let you fully understand the charm of the Town. The eight attractions listed below are essence of Xitang. It is recommended to spend 20 to 30 minutes to stay in each of them.
Tiles are indispensable architectural materials in Xitang during the ancient times. Over 300 ancient tiles, bricks and vessels are collected in the display hall. It is a wonderful place to learn the history of architecture of Xitang.
Built in 1927, the Button Museum was originally owned by a rich merchant in Xitang. He liked to collect buttons, so his house finally became a museum of buttons. The six exhibition halls in the museum show you the development of buttons between Song (920 AD to 1279 AD) and Qing (1636 AD to 1912 AD) dynasties.
Ceilinged Corridors (Left) and Button Musuem (Right)
The street was the rich people’s resident area during ancient times. The rice people built their houses between the river and their fields. The thresholds of their houses were very higher than normal people, because they believed the higher there thresholds were, the more money they could earn. It is poetic to enjoy the river view on the second floor of one of the houses.
The wood carvings in the hall have a history of over 200 years. They were the decorations of rich people’s houses. They show the wisdom and technique of the ancient craftsmen in Xitang.
It is a museum, as well as the biggest yellow wine factory in China. People in Xitang have been brewing yellow wine for over 1,000 years. We suggest you try it even if you are not a friend of alcohol.
You will go through lots of ceilinged corridors during your tour in Xitang. You can take a rest in the corridors if you are tired. The benches and small food shops in these corridors will help you refresh in a very short time.
The Drunk Garden was originally owned by the Wang Family. The senior members hoped their descendants got drunk by the books, views and paintings in the garden, absolutely not by alcohol.
The West Garden is the largest private garden in Xitang Ancient Town. The Zuixue Pavilion, located on the rockery in the garden, is the best place in Xitang to admire the snow view in winter.
Xitang Water Town Day Tour from Shanghai from $139