Shanghai Outings: Xitang

Xitang (西塘) is densely distributed with rivers and has a very quiet natural environment. Nine rivers converge into this town, dividing it into eight sections, with many bridges linking this water town together (anciently called as ‘nine dragon old pear’ and ‘wind from 8 sides’). Inside the town, there are many well-preserved architectural groups constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties, which boast a higher artistry and study value, thus being highlighted by the experts at home and abroad studying antique buildings.

Through a bird’s-eye view of the whole town, green waves ripple everywhere and every family resides near water. In the morning, water flows beneath bridges, thin mist is like silk, pinkish walls on both banks stand tall and erect and tiled houses are reflected inversely in the water. In the evening, the setting sun shines slantwise, songs come from fishing boats, lamps flicker and the fragrance of wine drifts. The whole old town is like a poem and a picture. In this town, people will feel that they are seemingly in an earthly paradise. It is hard to know that people exist in the picture or picture exists in the heart of people.

Xitang locations were featured in the final sequences of the motion picture Mission: Impossible III.

  • Tour bus time: Every weekend. Departure time: 9 am. Return time: 4 pm.
  • Price: 130RMB
  • Address: No. 666 Tian Yao Qiao Road

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