P1100238-2Wuzhen is romantic yet family oriented, tranquil yet vibrant, ancient yet chic. Upon entering the old town, it takes no time for one to realize you’re in a very special place – one that China tours is steeped in history in the quaintest and most picturesque setting nearly extinct in today’s modern and hectic world. Recently awarded one of China’s Top Ten Historical & Cultural Towns, civilization in Wuzhen, then and now, centers around its sprawling Grand Canal that is part of the world’s longest canal system of 1,200 miles.
P1100209For the photographer, Wuzhen is a dream. Photo opportunities abound at just about every turn, every vantage point – at every minute of the day. At sunrise, Wuzhen turns golden as the bright orange sun radiates off its stone bridges, waterside Shanghai tours homes and tranquil waters while multi-colored skies create a dramatic, postcard-like effect at sunset. At night, the vibrantly lit canals, bridges and glimmering red lanterns reflect off the calm waterways to produce an entirely different ambience unlike anywhere in the world.
For the foodie, Wuzhen is filled with delectable delights – everything from delicious rice cake stands to mouthwatering noodle shops and to fine Western cuisine, most of which boast open air dining commanding stunning views of the canal. Once nightfall, Wuzhen comes alive with its bustling atmosphere of happy people, colorful shops, outdoor performances and an Shanghai tour eclectic array of pubs and bars with live music.
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