Thursday, January 7, 2016

Zhouzhuang is China’s oldest water town, construction dating back to the 14th century

The southwest Chinese village Zhouzhuang, got its nickname the Venice of the East, not just because the both are sharing water as a foundation, but just as Venice, Zhouzhuang is packed with people and is a huge tourist attraction.

Zhouzhuang, known as Zhenfang Lane in ancient times, is located southeast of the city of Suzhou and to the Southwest of Kunshan.  In the Spring and Autumn Period, Zhouzhuang was a part of the King of Wu and called Yaocheng. It was called Zhouzhuang after ZhouDigong donated more than 200 acres to the local Quanfu Temple during the Yuan Dynasty (1860). By the mid-Yuan Dynasty, Wanshan Shen was using its superior geographical advantage to do trade, hence, Zhouzhuang became a distribution center of food, silk, ceramics, arts and crafts in the south of China. It was officially named Zhouzhuang town on the beginning of Qing Dynasty.

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