With a history of over 6,000 years, Wuzhen ancient town features old houses lining up along the river and flagstone lanes as well as flowing water and stone bridges. Escape the busy Hangzhou crowds and discover Wuzhen’s rich cultural background on this full-day private tour. You will be escorted to visit some local museums, traditional workshops, and enjoy a shadow play to understand this ancient town's history, culture and lifestyle.
Duration: 6 hours
Wuzhen Water Town
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Your Wuzhen water town tour begins with pick up from your Hangzhou hotel or the Hangzhou Train Station by our hangzhou local tour guide and driver. It takes around 1 hour drive from Hangzhou to Wuzhen for one way.
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After arriving in Wuzhen, the first stop is The Ancient Bed Museum, which is Chinese first themed museum collecting and exhibiting the ancient beds of Jiangnan regions.There are dozens of different beds of Ming and Qing Dynasties as well as the traditional beds in modern times. See the luxurious carvings and elaborate designs on these antique beds and listen as your expert guide shares stories reflecting this unique cultural account of ancient Chinese civilization.
Later, you will visit the The Folk Custom Museum displays scenes from local ceremonies, including weddings, birthday parties and funerals. The main exhibits in the costume hall of the museum are exquisite ceremonial dresses, which vividly reflect the colorful local culture.
Continue the visit to the Sanbai Wine Workshop, the only remaining winery in Wuzhen, built during the Song Dynasty. Brewing liquor was a huge industry in Wuzhen during the Ming Dynasty. There were over 20 distilleries in operation at the time. Witness how wine is made using traditional techniques.
Afterwards, visit the Hongyuan Thai dye house to see the time-honored art of making indigo-dyed printed calico. Wuzhen is one of the principal sources of this flower-printed blue cloth. Elderly women still carry on the folk tradition of carefully weaving this textile. Watch the painstaking method of creating it and marvel at the final product of striking embossed blue cloth.
After a local Chinese style lunch, engage yourself in a unique display of Chinese performing arts - the shadow play show. This is an exceptional storytelling experience as the characters are handmade leather puppets behind a screen with a cast light upon them forming silhouettes. Accompanied by Chinese traditional instruments, such as the erhu and the flute, shadow play is a universally renowned Chinese cultural spectacle.
Finally, no visit to a water town will be complete without taking a boat ride (optional) down the river. Board a rowboat and relax as you enjoy the sights of the old town and see people going about their daily lives. Float over the calm water and pass under picturesque stone bridges.
After your boat ride, take a walk around the town. Then we will drive you back to your hotel in Hangzhou or train station. Our service ends.
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