Watery Cities & Towns Around the World — Zhouzhuang, China

                Worldwide there are many cities which have a water exposure since commerce via ship was always important. Thus, we have cities, such as Paris, St Louis, London, Bangkok, and Vienna,  which can be found on rivers; we have a large number of cities, such as New York, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Rio de Janeiro which lie on coastlines. However there a few cities which carry the concept of water exposure to the extreme. Water is an integral part of the city’s transportation system; it often replaces streets. These cities and town are always interesting to tourists since they are exceptions to the mainstream (pun?).

          Zhouzhuang, China — This town is one of a few locations in this part of China known as “Water Villages” because much of village life revolves around canals and waterways. The town is enchanting. Take a boat ride through the canals to get a peaceful perspective;  

Boat Ride in Zhouzhuang

then walk the narrow streets to approach the atmosphere differently. Find adorable squares and lovely architecture throughout.                  

Zhouzhuang Square

                   Visitors are greeted with floral displays and friendly people.

Welcome to Zhouzhuang

The bridges in town are distinctive and unusual.

Zhouzhuang Bridge

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