Suzhou, known as the Venice of China is famous for its canals (many of which have now been filled in), but there are also many smaller towns around Suzhou also built on the canal system. Zhouzhuang is on of them. A true tourist destination, having to pay RMB$100 to even enter the town as a visitor! It really skews my perspective of authenticity, because the money is used to preserve the old town ‘look’ and ‘feel’, but the real commercial business there are the small shops selling souvenirs, trinkets, and supposedly local specialties. Beautiful nonetheless and makes me wonder what life is really like living along a canal.
The flickr set here.