Zhujiajiao Water Town: Shanghai’s very little own Venice

Zhujiajiao Water Town is a looooong subway ride from Central Shanghai. I think it took us close to an hour and a half from Jing’an Temple Station. Good thing I had company or else I would have been bored bored bored on the super long train ride where there’s really not a whole lot to look at. By the time we got to Zhujiajiao, I was bored of sitting on my butt.

Well, then…

The water town itself is 1.3kms away from the subway station, so it’s a decent walk till you actually get there. Are we there yet? Are we there yet? To be honest, there’s really not much to see on the way. But when we finally got there, it was absolutely stunning. The streets meander into one another that meander into the canal that meander into the river. Little boats are everywhere if you feel like taking one – but I didn’t. 

You can eat in one of the many restaurants by the river. We settled on a restaurant that did ‘local’ pork and fish. I was a bit dubious about the ‘local’ claim, but the produce was extremely fresh. I also bought three paintings to decorate my apartment. They were 150 yuan a piece in Old Shanghai; and a third of the price in Zhujijiao…

Well, then….


We just spent the day roaming around. The whole experience was incredibly romantic. Perfect date spot. Whenever most of us think of Shanghai, we always think that it is some big capitalist soulless city, but places like this remind us that even the most capitalist of cities still have that soul… if you know where to look. 

Shanghai’s very own little Venice. Who would have thought?

Till next time, sweet dreams 🙂

Author: Dipa

Founder of Mith Books

6 thoughts

  1. Oh that sounds absolutely lovely. I had such strong déjà vu in Venice, it freaked out our host. Same thing happened in Milan. Wonder if I’d get it here, too?

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