One day tour to Zhouzhuan
Dec.14, 2003

Zhouzhuang is located in Kunshan City, 30km to the southeast of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, covering an area of half a square kilometer.
Zhouzhuang is well known for its beautiful environment and simple architecture. Although more than 900 years have past, its architectural style is still well preserved. More than 60 percent of the residential houses were built during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing(1644-1911) dynasties, consisting of nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved brick archways. The most interesting travel route is walking along the banks or rowing a boat through the stone arch bridges to view the residential houses along the waterside. The houses commonly have two floors, with white walls and black roofs, various styles of windows out of which often poke many bamboo poles carrying the household laundry. The local people use the water to do their washing, and also do their shopping by lowering a pole with a basket on the end to the vendors sitting in their boats. Along the roads, there are various forms of stone blocks every 10 meters as boat stops.

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