Located in a suburb of Shanghai city, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years. Covering an area of 47 square kilometres, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains.
Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the little town is the best preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the hustle and bustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquility.
Water is the soul of Zhujiajiao. Bridges in the town are distinctive and old, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties. The old town is thoroughly connected by 36 delicate spans in different shapes and styles, from wooden to stone to marble. The North Street is the best-preserved ancient street in this suburb of Shanghai. Only one kilometre long, the whole street is at once primitively simple, yet very elegant. Strolling on this ancient thoroughfare and appreciating the historic buildings, long-established stores, and old bridges as well as the many narrow lanes is another great way to enjoy your time in Zhujiajiao. Other scenic spots like old narrow lanes, peculiar stone hawsers on the riverside and old residences also prove to be popular.