Xitang Ancient Town
Xitang Ancient Town
4.5
Historic SitesPoints of Interest & LandmarksHistoric Walking Areas
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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A small ancient town on water that still preserves its original look.
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  • Martin A
    Suzhou, China2,982 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Ancient Water Town In The Region
    Better than Tongli, Zhouzhuang, Wuxi, Lili, and the other ancient water towns in the area? You decide! We liked it the most and plan to return often. It's more chill, has more shops, a cooler vibe, hotels right beside the canal, the best bar street, lots of restaurants. Take your camera and take 1000 great pics.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 5 May 2023
  • ClaireLouise
    Derbyshire, United Kingdom367 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place day and night
    Arrived just after 5pm .No admission fee after 5pm until 8am. We stayed at Yuyaxuan Inn (was brilliant) . Was able to have a wander at night and took many photos, and got up early too. Absolutely loved this place for an overnight stop. 100% recommend
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Martin A
    Suzhou, China2,982 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Careful Not To Fall In The Canal!
    Now that I've visited Xitang several times, I can tell you more than before, including some info on the new town as well as the Ancient Town. The new part wraps around the old part and you can find lots of useful things there, including restaurants, hotels, shops of all kinds, a bank, a little movie theatre, and places for a foot massage. There is a long street reserved for pedestrians and scooters, between the new town and the ancient town, and that's where you'll find the movie theatre, the bank, and a great hot pot restaurant. There's an admission fee for the old city, during the day, but it's free in the evening, after 5:00 p.m. The entrance off the pedestrian-only street takes you to a very lively bar street, or area, with more than two dozen clubs and pubs plus restaurants right beside one of the canals. There are loud, rockin', dance clubs and quieter places with live entertainment. Pick the singer or singers and the band you like, order some food, et cetera, to your table, and listen to Chinese folk, rock, or pop, or get up and dance. A couple of places have springy dance floors that tilt and bounce. They all have exciting lighting. Most places turn the volume way up. Some groups order a lot of beer for their table but I've never seen anybody inebriated and, remarkably, never even heard of anyone falling into the canal.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Chow E
    Singapore, Singapore237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quiant 1,000 Water Town at Xitang (Hangzhou)
    A totally wonderful experience at this ancient water town. We took a boat ride, enjoyed delicious food and snacks and also took professional photos with makeup, Hanfu (Ancient Chinese costumes) with a great price package. Was very impressed with this water town and its extremely beautiful day and night views.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 March 2024
  • iamnnop
    London, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A welcoming tourist spot
    This was my first time back in China for 20 years and boy has it changed. We had a lovely few days wandering in and around Xitang’s ancient town. It was during the “off season” so it wasn’t as busy as it can get. My 8 year old son loved all the shops. My wife loved all the food. I liked being stared at and being asked to have my photo taken with bewildered looking Chinese tourists. As a vegetarian, it was a little tricky finding food but got there in the end. All-in-all, a really beautiful experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 March 2024
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iamnnop
London, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was my first time back in China for 20 years and boy has it changed. We had a lovely few days wandering in and around Xitang’s ancient town. It was during the “off season” so it wasn’t as busy as it can get. My 8 year old son loved all the shops. My wife loved all the food. I liked being stared at and being asked to have my photo taken with bewildered looking Chinese tourists. As a vegetarian, it was a little tricky finding food but got there in the end. All-in-all, a really beautiful experience.
Written 28 March 2024
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Chow E
Singapore, Singapore237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A totally wonderful experience at this ancient water town. We took a boat ride, enjoyed delicious food and snacks and also took professional photos with makeup, Hanfu (Ancient Chinese costumes) with a great price package. Was very impressed with this water town and its extremely beautiful day and night views.
Written 21 March 2024
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Martin A
Suzhou, China2,982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Now that I've visited Xitang several times, I can tell you more than before, including some info on the new town as well as the Ancient Town. The new part wraps around the old part and you can find lots of useful things there, including restaurants, hotels, shops of all kinds, a bank, a little movie theatre, and places for a foot massage. There is a long street reserved for pedestrians and scooters, between the new town and the ancient town, and that's where you'll find the movie theatre, the bank, and a great hot pot restaurant. There's an admission fee for the old city, during the day, but it's free in the evening, after 5:00 p.m. The entrance off the pedestrian-only street takes you to a very lively bar street, or area, with more than two dozen clubs and pubs plus restaurants right beside one of the canals. There are loud, rockin', dance clubs and quieter places with live entertainment. Pick the singer or singers and the band you like, order some food, et cetera, to your table, and listen to Chinese folk, rock, or pop, or get up and dance. A couple of places have springy dance floors that tilt and bounce. They all have exciting lighting. Most places turn the volume way up. Some groups order a lot of beer for their table but I've never seen anybody inebriated and, remarkably, never even heard of anyone falling into the canal.
Written 12 February 2024
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ClaireLouise
Derbyshire, UK367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Arrived just after 5pm .No admission fee after 5pm until 8am.
We stayed at Yuyaxuan Inn (was brilliant) .
Was able to have a wander at night and took many photos, and got up early too.
Absolutely loved this place for an overnight stop. 100% recommend
Written 28 October 2023
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Martin A
Suzhou, China2,982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Better than Tongli, Zhouzhuang, Wuxi, Lili, and the other ancient water towns in the area? You decide! We liked it the most and plan to return often. It's more chill, has more shops, a cooler vibe, hotels right beside the canal, the best bar street, lots of restaurants. Take your camera and take 1000 great pics.
Written 5 May 2023
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PBlyth
Tampa, FL252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is one of the smaller water towns where the residents still live in the homes/buildings that line the canals making the whole experience more authentic in our minds. The water is still a dirty grey/brown but you can take a ride on a flat bottomed boat to better see how the people live. There are still commercial shops but it feels like a real working village. As the night falls the lights come on and the canals reflect them in the water making the experience more Disneyesque. We preferred Xitang over Zhujiajiao for its small town atmosphere.
Written 24 March 2020
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Sim Yen
Singapore, Singapore268 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Great for photos, when not jostling with crowd, shops are touristy otherwise. Take the canal ride for some nice views, and do a cosplay experience for photo shots.
Written 26 December 2019
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MarkCWQ
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Nice peaceful and quiet water village. Great place for relaxing and chilling. Lots of small cafes to chill in the afternoon. The bar street provides nice music and drinking entertainment in the evenings. The area can be a little boring after staying more than two nights. Be careful when booking your accommodation around the area, most small inns don’t accept foreign guests.
Written 22 December 2019
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Joecho L
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A memorable place to visit. Is like u r going back to ancient china. Worth a visit.
Very crowded place. Go visit early in the morning will give u a better feeling towards the town. Misty cooling and quite......Best for taking a good photos.
Written 12 December 2019
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Maria Floratou
Patras, Greece1,450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Xitang is an ancient scenic town in Jiashan in China. Is a water town crossed by nine rivers. The town stretches across eight sections, linked by old-fashioned stone bridges. In the older parts of town, the buildings are set along the banks of the canals, which serve as the main transportation thoroughfares in the area. Also contains numerous antique residences and temples, such as the Temple of the Seven Masters.
Written 22 August 2019
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