Wuzhen Water Town
Wuzhen lies in Tongxiang City of Zhejiang
Province. The town is divided into four zones by a cross-shaped
river. In the meanwhile it is the only ancient water
town adjacent to the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. It
is renowned as the ¡°the last resting-on-water
town¡± in China. Due to its warm and humid
climate, its abundant rainfalls and sunshine, products
here are rich, making Wuzhen well-known as the¡±
town of fish, rice and silk¡±.
Wuzhen enjoys a history of more than 1000
years, dating back from the Spring and Autumn Period
(770-446BC). The ancient Grand Canal is the cradle of
the splendid culture of Wuzhen. In the past over 1000
years, Wuzhen has never changed its name, address, water
system or lifestyle.
The traditional buildings are still well preserved after
crossing so many rough years. Within the town, with
a dense network of rivers and wharves, people build
their house along the rivers, and establish markets
close to bridges. Stone railings and arch bridges, arched
gates across the streets, imposing dwellings and spacious
courtyards, river banks and verandas are all well preserved,
presenting an original ecological scene of water town
in Jiangnan (the South of Yangtze River).
Within the town, there are now more than
40 hectares of late 19th Century original buildings,
and more than 100 ancient stone bridges of different
shapes.In the town, watercourses and flagstone streets
extend in all directions and intercross here and there.
The native residents live peacefully in their old houses
by water, like their ancestors do before long time ago.
Wuzhen is a living fossil of oriental civilization for
its profound history and culture, graceful water town
scenery, unique-flavored delicious food, various folk-customs
and festivals. It¡¯s a kind of beauty naturally
endowed. While displaying the extraordinary charming
of Chinese ancient culture and the soul of oriental
life, Wuzhen has become a disseminator of traditional
culture and an emissary of the communication between
China and foreign countries.
Wuzhen Water Town
China Silk Museum