After a ride you can enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants near the canal. You should be warned however, that they are quite expensive. If you prefer something cheaper, you can look for street vendors. Try fried little fish (2 sticks for 5 RMB). An interesting snack will make also different kinds of steamed cakes.
Some of the old buildings (like Zhen house and Shen house) were turned into museums. Both of those residencies were built during the times of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). You can see them both without any additional fee. It will give you slight insight how people lived during that times.
Any drawbacks? I would mention three:
1. High admission fee -100 RMB (around 16$)
2. Crowds of tourists.
3. Pushy shop owners.
Is it worth seeing? Definitely. If you’re planning to come to China, you should absolutely put one of the water towns on your tour list (it doesn’t have to be Zhouzhuang though). List of other water towns you can find here and on CNN Travel.
- Location – 30km southeast from Suzhou (Jiangsu province)
- Ticket – 100 RMB (around 16$). It allows visiting all the attractions within the town (except for the boat ride).
- Boat ride – 100 RMB per boat (can fit 6 people). If you can find 5 other people it would be less than 20 RMB per person (3$). The ride lasts around 20 minutes.
- Souvenirs : embroidery, silk, handicraft (you can buy them cheaper in Suzhou).