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“Beautiful place, very touristic”

Xitang Ancient Town
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Owner description: A small ancient town on water that still preserves its original look.
Reviewed 4 August 2013

On Thursday, July 18th at 9:30 pm we were picked up in Shanghai by a Chinese guide cum driver who took us to Xitang, a water town riding on 1 ½ hours (mostly highway) west of Shanghai. The guide took us to the center, most visitors are deposited on a large car park outside the center. The town has an old center with an original channel structure. Nice, small, old (6th centuries), very photogenic and very busy. But what a circus. The entire construction of this former fishing village was around the canal filled with shops, eateries with a very touristy decoration. We have a short bootttrip made through the canal, very nice. Following a delicious lunch in a beautiful, converted into eatery, house. This restaurant / house seemed very original and was only sober decorated. Despite the very interpretation tourist visiting Xitang was very worthwhile. Our guide was a young man of 30 who spoke excellent English and guided us well. The old "water" center of Xitang is beautiful, very photogenic, the tourist dressing should unfortunately be accepted. We have enjoyed. On the return journey we have looked at a small piece of countryside, very nice and what a contrast to Shanghai. Our visit to Xitang was very well organized by Mirian Keuning of Sure-Exposure.

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Reviewed 28 June 2013

Went there with my parents and sister. Really like the tranquil setting...it gives you a very traditional feel(not everyone can appreciate it). I bet you may appreciate it more if you read/watch a little bit of chinese history. This town has a history of more than 1000 years.
The food was nice, lots of unique souvenirs and PLENTY of hostels/hotels...do choose the ones in the riverside if possible.

Overall it was a perfect experience! Oh yeah, plan to spend 1 night and 1 day is more than enough. The entire town can be explored within 2 hours

2  Thank Polaris4dy
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Would say it is worth taking the short trip from Shanghai to visit here. Nice place to stroll around though better first thing in the morning as far less people or tour groups. If you enter after 5pm and before 10am entry is free. And there are quite a few small " hotels " of sorts where you can stay overnight within the town. There is also plentiful places to eat in the town. One street could be called a " bar " street with quite a lot of bars along it.....something we did not expect so you could drink or dance the night away if so wished. Can spend hours strolling the streets exploring the little nooks and crannies but one can tell since the filming of MI3 the place has been ruined a bit as due to that became more well known and popular thus more tourists and souvineir shops . Lots of photo opportunities and worth the visit despite the down points.

3  Thank Munchkin740
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

We went to Xitang in April 2013, there is a bus service from People Square which takes RMB 88 for transportation and Guide in Chinese language.(Normally it is 100 RMB for entry ticket without Transportation, but due to this agent we got a discount). you have to pay RMB 25 for Boat from entry gate to middle of town.
For Lunch we took a restaurant near water and ordered 8 dishes (Vegetarian) and Rice and couple of beers, and total was 260 RMB(Divided between 6-7 person)..
I have the agent number 15821800789 but forgot the name.

2  Thank VikasPurswani
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

We have been to this water town about five times as friends and relatives are keen to visit it due to it being featured in MI3. It is very charming and boasts a long covered corridor by the river, which differentiates it from other water towns. Walking along its narrow corridors, you can look into villagers' homes and see them about their daily chores, such as washing clothes in the river. I would recommend that you hire a bike rickshaw, which will take you for a quick tour of the town, including stops at various museums - it costs around 120 rmb for 40 minutes and two can sit in the rickshaw. Be forewarned that toilet facilities can be improved upon - do use the one at the main entrance carpark as it seems to be the cleanest. Foodwise, most restaurants serve similar fare and all seem to feature a photo of Tom Cruise having eaten there!

5  Thank Orator11
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