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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