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Luzhi Ancient Town

Introducing Luzhi Ancient Town, Luzhi Ancient Town Guide, Luzhi Ancient Town Travel Guide
Article from UNESCO

Subordinate to Wuzhong District, Suzhou City, Luzhi Ancient Town is situated in the east of Suzhou; it is 18km to the west of the downtown areas of Suzhou and 58km to the east of Shanghai.

With an area of 54 hectares, Luzhi Ancient Town is surrounded by vast lakes, shallow lakes, ponds and pools; inside Luzhi Ancient Town, there is a water system shaped like the Chinese character, which is formed by Dongshi River, Xishi River, Zhongshi River, Nanshi River and Xihui River. A river is usually accompanies by two streets at both sides and crisscross bridges. At the intersection of two rivers, there is usually a quay square, which is the important collecting and distributing centre of Luzhi Ancient Town. There is the "west market", the "middle market" and the "east market". This is the typical characteristic of Luzhi streets.

In the Luzhi Ancient Town, bridges are of various styles; mooring stones on the stone-paved revetments are engraved with beautiful designs, featuring various topics; the traditional clothes of women there are of unusual ingenuity and show the unique values of Luzhi's customs and craftwork. Along with the development of commercial economy after the 15th century, Luzhi Ancient Town has become a town of significance in the east of Suzhou depending on its water transport advantages.

Quick Facts on Luzhi Ancient Town

• Name: Luzhi Ancient Town
• Location: 18 km east of Suzhou
• Phone: +86-512-69007900
• Best Time to Visit: March to May; September to November
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 2 Hours
• Opening Hours: All day (in spring,summer and autumn); 8:00-16:30 (in winter)
• Admission Fee: Free to enter; CNY 78 for Combo Ticket; CNY 20 for Zhanglin Gargen
• Boat: CNY 150  for four people

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