Like Suzhou, this ancient water town boasts beautiful wood, stone and marble bridges from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The canals wind through the town. A short boat ride reveals the complexity of Zhujiajiao's waterways, an ancient transportation system. The locals still wash clothes and pots and pans in the water, which is surprisingly clean. The best way to see the village, however, is by foot, not boat. Meander along the narrow sidewalks that line the canals, taking in the beauty of the old buildings, some of which are hundreds of years old. If time permits, there is a Buddhist and a Daoist temple to explore, as well as beautiful gardens. Of course, it's always fun to stay into the evening and eat a meal in one of the locally owned restaurants.
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