While in Shanghai, I took a two-day side trip to Zhujiajiao, which is a little over a one hour taxi drive from Shanghai. Zhujiajiao is built on a canal system that feeds off of tributaries to the Yangzte River. The town is famous for the 1,000 year old Fangsheng Bridge which is still functional and in use, and shown in the photo to the right.
As a town, Zhujiajiao was formally established 1700 years ago. Zhujiajiao means “Zhu Family Town.” There are 36 ancient stone bridges in town that are still in use.
Even today, historic buildings such as the Qing Dynasty post office, rice shops, and spice stores are still in existence and use. The main historic attractions in town are the Kezhi Garden, Yuanjin Buddhist Temple, and the Fangsheng Bridge.
My photo gallery below provides a good visual cross-section of the town of Zhujiajiao. Click on any image for a “lightbox” presentation which really brings the photos to life.