Photo Diary: Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town, Shanghai

After my last outfit post featuring a pair of dainty embroidered cloth shoes from Zhouzhuang — and expressing regret over not sharing photos of the little ancient water town — I've decided to go ahead and share them now anyway, even though it's been over a year since my trip there.

There are plenty of water towns, or water villages, near Shanghai so Shah and I had a hard time choosing which to go, but in the end Shah decided to go with Zhouzhuang as it was relatively easy and time-saving to go from where we stayed at in Shanghai (also because I had given up on trying to choose which one to go to and asked Shah to decide on his own entirely, which is a rare thing for my opinionated-self to do).

The thing is, Venice is one of my most favourite cities in the world so I was incredibly intrigued about visiting a water town dubbed "Venice of the East" in a country with totally different vibes from Italy. From what I've read, Zhouzhuang and the other water towns were every bit as touristy as Venice iswhichch made me even more curious.

At the end of my day there, however, I stopped comparing Zhouzhuang to Venice. Aside from having canals and little buildings and homes surrounding them, their similarities end there; Zhouzhuang absolutely has its own Eastern charms and quirks, with its own brand of beauty. It made me wish I had the time to visit the other water towns near Shanghai.
Who knows, perhaps one day soon?

      Ugh, LOOK at all the sweet cloth shoes! See what I mean when I said it was hard to choose which pair to bring home in my previous outfit post? I'm mentally shopping for some of them now, and on that note, which pair (or pairs) would YOU choose?

      Hope you enjoyed perusing through these photos! 

      See: The post on my Zhouzhuang outfit comprising of the floral striped top and Mickey patched jeans


      1. Wow what beautiful photos, love the look of all the water mmm!

      2. Oh my goodness I would have had to have someone physically drag me away from the shops with those darling embroidered shoes!! I also can't believe how beautiful and charming the boats on the canals are!
        You are so blessed to be able to see such wonderful sites at your young age Liyana. I do know how much you appreciate your good fortune. Love, Jude

        1. Well I would've stayed a LOT longer in the shop if Shah wasn't in a hurry to explore the entire town and as a result told me to hurry up like fifteen times, hahaha.

          I tend to forget the little details of the places I visited so writing a blog post about each of them makes it easier for me to refer back to the pictures. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos too Judy <3

      3. Urgh, those sweet cloth shoes are too sweet! I understand how you might have wanted to buy every pair, at least mentally. Hahah. Thank you for showing the water town of Zhoushuang. Up till now, I don't even know there is a place called that and just looking at the photos make me feel like spending a LONNNNG time there just sight seeing. There's something so peaceful being near water and I bet this town has that vibe going on! Thank you for showing us the photos :D xoxo

        1. Very happy someone else appreciates my photos! =D I didn't know the town's existence either until Shah and I Googled "where to visit in Shanghai". I wish I could spend more time in the town myself; apparently some tourists even spend a night or two in the water towns near Shanghai!


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