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Half-Day Private Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour with Boat Ride from Shanghai

5 (133)
Shanghai, CN

Half-Day Private Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour with Boat Ride from Shanghai

5 (133)
Shanghai, CN
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Embark on a mesmerizing half-day private tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town from Shanghai, an enchanting destination often referred to as the "Oriental Venice". With the guidance of a knowledgeable driver and tour guide, you'll navigate through the ancient alleyways and picturesque bridges of this 600-year-old water town. Glide along the small canals on a relaxing boat ride and soak up the charms of this historic town. Delve into the tranquility of KeZhi Garden, a traditional Chinese private garden adorned with pavilions and ponds. Witness the splendor of the renowned Fangsheng Bridge, reminiscent of Venice's famous waterways. Explore the old post office, a witness to the development of China's postal service. Conclude the tour with a delightful lunch and a visit to local shops. This unforgettable experience offers a captivating glimpse into the rich history and natural beauty of Southern China.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 5 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • "Explore the 600-year-old Water Town Zhujiajiao"
  • "Relaxing boat ride on small canals"
  • "Visit the peaceful and beautiful KeZhi Garden"
  • "Experience the charm of ancient bridges and local buildings"
  • Bottled water
  • Round-trip private transfer
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • A professional driver guide
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

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Discover the enchanting beauty of Zhujiajiao, often referred to as the "Oriental Venice," with the Half-Day Private Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour with Boat Ride from Shanghai. Delve into the captivating charm of this 600-year-old water town, accompanied by a knowledgeable private driver tour guide.

What to Expect?

During this 5-hour private tour, get ready to immerse yourself in the rich history and mesmerizing sights that Zhujiajiao has to offer. Explore the ancient Zhujiajiao Town, known for its picturesque canals and traditional architecture reminiscent of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Enjoy a scenic boat ride along the charming canals, allowing you to observe the old-time lifestyle of Southern China and capture stunning photos. Indulge in the tranquility of the KeZhi Garden, a hidden gem of extraordinary beauty renowned for its pavilions, ponds, and bridges.

Who is this for?

This tour caters to travelers of all interests and ages. Whether you're a history enthusiast eager to unravel the secrets of a bygone era or a nature lover seeking serenity amidst beautiful landscapes, the Half-Day Private Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour promises an unforgettable experience. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike will find themselves captivated by the allure of Zhujiajiao's ancient water town.

Why Book This?

Embark on this journey to Zhujiajiao to witness a harmonious blend of tradition and natural splendor. With a private guide by your side, you'll have the opportunity to explore hidden corners and gain deeper insights into the town's history and culture. The boat ride along the canals offers a unique perspective and an intimate encounter with the charm of old China. From the magnificent Fangsheng Bridge to the serene KeZhi Garden, each stop on this tour unveils a new facet of Zhujiajiao's beauty.

Good to Know

Be prepared to be amazed by the beauty of Zhujiajiao, but also keep in mind that the town attracts many visitors. To fully enjoy your experience, it is recommended to visit during weekdays or plan your visit to avoid peak hours. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the essence of this ancient water town. Additionally, make sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking along the narrow alleyways and bridges. Your guide will be there to ensure you have an enjoyable and informative time throughout the tour.


Travelers who have embarked on the Half-Day Private Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour rave about the immersive experience and the knowledgeable guides who provide fascinating historical and cultural insights. Visitors have been consistently pleased with the boat ride, which provides a unique perspective of the town and its picturesque surroundings. The combination of exploring the old town's alleyways, admiring the exquisite KeZhi Garden, and taking in the breathtaking sights has left travelers with enduring memories of this magical place. Overall, customers have expressed their utmost satisfaction with the tour, affirming that it offers an exceptional opportunity to step into the history and beauty of Zhujiajiao.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

You will be picked up by your private driver tour guide from your hotel or port at 10 am (weekend tours can be started early). After an hour's drive, you will arrive at the 600-year-old Water Town Zhujiajiao which is often compared to Venice.

Admission Included

Zhujiajiao Kezhi Garden

Kezhi garden established in 1912 is a nice spot to appreciate the Chinese private gardens. It is dotted with pavilions, ponds, and bridges which add to the beauty of the natural landscape.

Admission Included

Fangsheng Bridge

Of Zhujiajiao’s 36 ancient bridges, the standout must be the graceful, 72m-long, five-arched Fangsheng Bridge, first built in 1571 with proceeds from a monk’s 15 years of alms-gathering. It passes over a wide expanse of water, reminiscent of sections of Venice's famous waterways. From here you will have a boat ride to get an idea of the old time life style in Southern China, and you can take some photos of the water town. After the boat ride, you will be walking along the old alleyways to see more local buildings and bridges.

Admission Included

Daqing Post Office

Built-in 1903, the old post office witnessed the development of China’s postal service. It is not a huge place but it's nice to walk through the old wooden building's interior, with mildly interesting exhibits such as vintage postcards and an imperial postie's uniform.

Admission Included


After you’ve taken plenty of photographs, your guide will recommend a restaurant for lunch (at your own expense). After your meal, visit some local shops with your guide on hand to help translate prices. Your tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel or the port.



5 (133)


Roy was our guide and he was informative and pleasant throughout. Zhujiajiao is a charming water town which I'm glad has retained it's culture and traditions. Certainly worth a visit.


The place is so beautiful and after 45mins you feel transported back to history in in modern Shanghai. Worth a trip definitely! Our guide Roy added played a huge part to the overall positive experience. Effectively bilingual, he very patiently explained the history and context of the place and even helped us to bargain for a better price when shopping. It was a seamless and safe ride in the car with him. No hiccups whatsoever. I will recommend doing this and if Roy is your guide, 6 out of 5 stars!


Our guide Jamie took us on an incredibly beautiful journey through the town. We tried local street food, took a boat ride and discovered beautiful places (garden, cafe,...) with her. She told us a lot about the history and the people there. And watching the boats pass by gives you a very calming and pleasant feeling. It was a fantastic day! 🤩


The tour was well worth it. Tom made it so easy, we just needed to turn up. The Water Town looked very pretty, we took many beautiful photos there. The architecture and street stalls were very interesting too. Tom was very knowledgeable and was giving us a lot of background information of the Water Town which made our visit much more enjoyable. Our car ride was super comfortable too. Definitely recommend.


Our tour guide Tom was was very friendly, and knowledgeable about the area and its history. He also had plenty of insight about the area of Shanghai where we were staying I.e…restaurants, attractions etc.. I would highly recommend this tour to anybody. Thanks Tom!


I went early in the morning on a Friday which meant the streets were still quite empty. The guide was flexible and took me to see a small private garden. Then we took a boat through the main canal and a smaller canals. The smell from the restaurants made my mouth water! The guide was ready to make safe and sensible suggestions on what to eat. I ate a rice cake with pork inside and it was delicious but very filling. Walking through the private residential area was very peaceful.


We took this tour in December and were extremely satisfied. Tom was a Very knowledgeable and easy going guide. Highly recommend!


Most tours have pick up in downtown Shanghai. For a nominal extra, we were picked up at the Cruise Terminal which is 17 miles out of town. David, our guide, met us at the ship terminal and provided a wonderful excursion for us. His English was very good and he was knowledgeable and enthused as he explained local customs and information about the sites we visited. He took us to a local eatery for lunch and the food was excellent. This tour can be highly recommended.

Tanyamy S

My family and I went to Shanghai during the new year time. I contacted Tom for booking. He is really kind to me. I desired the car to pick me up at the airport and then go to Zhujiajiao. Although the way from airport to zhujiajiao is farther than from the downtown. Tom gave us the same price as the trip from downtown. On the tour day, David was our guide. He and the driver came to airport on time. David can speak English fluently and he explained the historical knowledge about Zhujiajiao excellently. My family had the great fun and happy for this tour.


We had an excellent tour of Zhujiajiao Water Town with David. I highly recommend his tours - he has excellent knowledge of the area, as a Shanghai native, and is a friendly and personable guy.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-18 11:24