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Moon River Historic District

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Moon River Historic District, located in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, covers 90,000 square meters with a construction area of 88,000 square meters. Jiaxing was once the most prosperous place for industry and trade in ancient China.

Moon River is a tributary of the Grand Canal, its name originating form the outlook of the river and the city it surrounded – "the crooked river embraces the city as a crescent moon". Since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the area round the river has formed a bustling market.

In the historic district, the traditional dwellings are built according to how the river flows. River, ancient bridges, narrow alleyways, old dwellings, corridors and restored sheds show an authentic picture of the ancient water town, reflecting the time-honored Jiaxing as "Jiangnan Prefectural City".

Dozens of food specialty stores along the street have various folk products related to the Dragon Boat Festival and local souvenirs or specialties. Moon River Historic District is packed with tourists at peak season.

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Moon River Historic District [Photo by Yu Zhongqi]