famed as the southern beauty of China, is a nice water
town surrounded by four major rivers. There are many
bridges as well including Yong'an and Shide, the most
famous Double Bridge that had attracted many artists
to draw paintings since the old days. Sitting on a boat
operated by the locals, one may slowly travel along
the quiet water town and enjoy the scene of the ancient
houses on banks of the narrow rivers passing by.
a history of over 900 years with most of the houses constructed
during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The unique feature of
this little town is that all the buildings are well designed
according to the location while in simple colors of white
and gray, which created a harmonious combination of the layout
through the numerous waterways. The town also boasts its rich
cultural resources and the style of tea drinking. The local
people use the ancient tea sets, boil water in pottery or
earthen jars, and make the bamboo or woods as fuel, while
the tea is washed before it is poured with boiling water.
By such way, it is believed that the tea is beautiful in color
and is fragrant and tasteful.
In addition, Zhouzhuang
is famous for its products of Bamboo wares and bronze braziers.
The durable bamboo-ware is well known for the unique workmanship,
while the exquisite bronze braziers of many shapes once had
won a prize in the South Pacific Industrial Expo and gained
the reputation of "Zhouzhuang Braziers". Zhouzhuang
is now one of the most popular tourist programs for those
who love to seek the ancient treasures.