• The Chinese Venice
In China, in the urban district of Kunshan has an unusually beautiful village on the water - Zhouzhuang. It is here, on the last day of our stay in Shanghai, we went early in the morning. We reached this place by taxi, although it is not too close - to the way we spent about two hours. Paid entrance.
The main entrance to a village.
When entering the village you meet shops that sell traditional national souvenirs.
The old, historic part of Zhouzhuang is located in the Jinghai channel that connects the Suzhou to Shanghai.
The main form of land transport - the bicycle.
Water transport - are small boats. Almost near each house are "parked" boats.
This is the only mode of transport that allows to get from one end of the village to another.
Here is a Chinese Venice.
Two-storey houses is a maximum for such a settlement.
Fisherman with cormorants, working entourage to take photos with tourists for money.
In order to collect water from the river, local came up with an amazing device, through which water is stored in a special tank.
To get from the historic part of the village to the modern areas need to pass a long bridge. The difference of modern buildings and old buildings is obvious.
Residents pass the time playing cards.
They work in the village and parking for boats.
Battered time historical signs are local rarity.
The history of the village Zhouzhuang began with a Buddhist temple Tsyuanfu "common prosperity", which was built in 1806. One of the first inhabitants of this settlement became a Buddhist monk.
This monastery is not fenced wall, how many churches and "fenced in" the water, and amazingly beautiful garden. This garden has built a well-known poet of that time Zhang Jiying 3-5 century.
Specially constructed winding bridge, it is considered a protection against evil spirits.
The village is dominated by stone bridges that have preserved the style of the Yuan, Minsk and Qing eras.
Another of Zhouzhuang attractions are the artists who came from different parts of China.
Almost everywhere you can to meet them.
If guest artists generally take their pictures and driven to their homes, the local immediately after the completion of the work, ready to sell it.
In addition to artisans, artists live Zhouzhuang and other masters, who made souvenirs.
There are in the village and the "factory" for the production of liquor.
Ready liquor store in a specially sealed bottles.
Empty containers stacked on top of each other.
One of our team members create their own unique images.
With the advent of curious tourists who have come closer to the dinner, the traffic on the channels was very busy.
For local residents, the white tourists as interesting as it is for white, European, people locals.
Another type of occupation of residents Zhouzhuang - shrimp fishing, which are then dried on grids near the house.
It seems that a very interesting topic of conversation among the ladies.
Another member of our party - Almaz.
There is in this village residents who wash the dishes in the water channels.
Also, wash clothes.
In this house, the women cook dinner for the whole family.
"Venice of China" has called this amazing village, UNESCO Secretary General, who visited here. And in December 1997, Zhouzhuang was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage