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Luzhi(甪直水乡)

This is a tiny but very picturesque water town, just 25km from Suzhou. Among the usual water town features is the sixth-century Baosheng Temple that contains Tang Dynasty Buddhist figurines. Narrow waterways and traditional arched bridges add to Luzhi's appeal

The region west and northwest of Shanghai around Lake Tai includes some of China's loveliest countryside. You can find the region's traditional water towns, acclaimed for their arched bridges, ancient buildings and serene waterways

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Xitang(西塘)

Located in Jiashan county, Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, Xitang is about 100 km from Shanghai. It can be reached either by train on the Shanghai-Hangzhou Railway or by bus along the 320 national highway. Known as an ancient town with a history spanning over 1,000 years, Xitang was a place shared by the Wu and Yue states as early as the Warring States period. Setting it apart from other water towns, it has roofed streets alongside rivers with a total length of 1,000 meters, much like the Summer Palace corridor.

It was made famous when Tom Cruise sprinted and shot his way through town while making Mission Impossible III.

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Nanxun(南浔水乡)

Nestled on the border with Jiangsu province, about 125km from Hangzhou, Nanxun is a water town whose contemporary modest appearance belies its once glorious past. Established over 1,400 years ago, the town came into prominence during the Southern Song Dynasty due to its prosperous silk industry. By the time the Ming rolled around, it was one of Zhejiang’s most important commercial centers. The town shares the typical features of other southern water towns – arched bridges, canals, narrow lanes and old houses with stark whitewashed walls and black-tiled roofs – but what sets it apart is its intriguing mix of Chinese and European architecture, introduced by affluent silk merchants who once made their homes here. Nanxun today is a quiet place that remains relatively undisturbed by tourism. Plans are currently in the works to restore or remove some of the old buildings along the canal to give the town what’s become a controversial face-lift to increase tourist revenue. Hopefully, even with these new developments, the peace and tranquility of Nanxun will be preserved.

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