A few kilometres from the modern, pulsating and gigantic metropolis of Shanghai there is an idyllic mediaeval village, Zhou Zhuang, that is believed to have been the first ‘water village’ in China. However, it was not until the middle of the 1980's that the picturesque village was added to the tourist map and since then, its splendid old buildings and canals have been recognized as a truly magnificent treasure.
The origin and founding of Zhou Zhuang dates back around 900 years. Due to its unique location, the town has escaped war and plunder as only the local inhabitants knew their way around the labyrinth-like canals that once led into the small town. Free from battle and invasion, it has managed to retain its age old Chinese charm right up until the present day.
One of the most elegant monuments in Zhou Zhuang is located in the southern area of the town, the beautifully decorated and lovingly restored Quanfu Temple. A haven of peace and tranquility that encapsulates the serene way of life of this captivating place.
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