A Photo Tour of Wuzhen, China's Canaled River Village

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Wuzhen, China, is an inviting river village about three hours from downtown Shanghai. The town’s canals and passageways provide a sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle of modern Shanghai.  
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Wuzhen is situated on the ancient Grand Canal, also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. With a length of over 1,000 miles, it is the longest canal in the world. The oldest parts date back to the 5th century B.C., although the various sections weren’t combined until around 600 A.D.  
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Wuzhen, which is on UNESCO’s reserve list of world cultural heritages, has been continuously inhabited since the creation of the canal. Today, the town provides a glimpse into the pre-industrial history of the area and can be entered only by being poled across the water on a raft.  
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As a tourist, you can explore Wuzhen both on foot and by a private gondola.  
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A popular alleyway.  
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A traveler could easily spend the entire day browsing shops, cruising the river, and exploring hidden alleys.  
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Relatively undiscovered by international travelers, Wuzhen attracts mostly Chinese visitors looking for a break from the city.  
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Some shops feature ancient Chinese crafts, such as this one that is offering words written on bamboo and tied together to form Chinese books.  
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A close-up view.  
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At night, the village is particularly beautiful. If you can, book a room in one of Wuzhen’s small hotels and stay overnight in order to catch a sunset on a private gondola ride.  
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Many of the houses are open as hotels and restaurants, in addition to small souvenir stands.  
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Pictured is a gondola-maker’s workshop.  
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