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chinadaily.com.cn| Updated : Mar 28, 2022

Wuzhen is a historic town located at the north end of Tongxiang city, on the banks of the west Grand Canal.

The 1,300-year-old town has been listed as a national 5A scenic spot and ranked among China's top 10 charming and famous towns. Wuzhen has the repute of being one of the six ancient towns to the south of the Yangtze River.

There are more than 30 ancient bridges in the town.

Most residents live besides the water, which lends an air of undeniable authenticity to the locals of the water-town.

There are many historic spots: among the Stone Memorial Arch of Six Dynasties, the Stage of the Xiuzhen Taoist Temple and the former residence of great 20th century Chinese writer and author Mao Dun. 

Many residents have built water pavilions facing the river at the back of their homes and almost every family has a stone pier. 

Locals say the ancient town has been home to celebrities and talent from ancient to modern times.

The most notable famous son is leading 20th Century novelists and writer Mao Dun. 

The former residence of Mao Dun is the most popular place to go for many people.


An elegant bridge crosses a river in Wuzhen. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]