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Zhu jia jiao: A watertown in Shanghai

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Zhu jia jiao

If you want to visit an ancient watertown in the outskirts of ShanghaiZhu jia jiao is just the right place for you.

There are nice canals running through the town, and the best way to explore the city is by taking a boat trip along the canals.

It is a very relaxing ride in an old wooden boat with a man very skillfully rowing it through the ancient parts of the town.

The ride is about 30 minutes and will cost you 120 RMB.

There are also 36 stone bridges in the town crossing the water which give the town a very romantic feel.

The narrow pedestrian streets along the canals are filled with food stalls selling all kinds of different local food, zong zi (dark rice dumplings), green soya beans, lotus roots, and meat wrapped in leaves.

You can also find different kinds of shops selling tea, silk duvets and some souvenirs.

Located in the Qingpu district in western part of Shanghai, Zhu jia jiao has a population of 60,000 people.

The town was founded more than 1700 years ago and the history still lives on the ancient buildings and bridges.

But there have been findings there that are over 5000 years old.

If you can, try and visit Zhu jia jiao on a weekday since it is very crowded at the weekends.

Tony Simon

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