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Explore the water towns of this city criss-crossed with canals, stone bridges and cobbled streets. Learn about its links with textiles and the Communist Party of China.

With a name that translates roughly as "auspiciously flourishing", Jiaxing has a lot to live up to. Featuring a trio of ancient water towns, a long tradition in silk and textile manufacture and scenic lakeside ruins, this captivating city doesn’t disappoint.

For centuries Jiaxing has been known as the "heart of the land of fish and rice". The city’s position on China’s Grand Canal, linking it to Beijing and Hangzhou, only bolstered the town’s prosperity. At its peak, Jiaxing was known as the “hometown of silk” and travellers today can still pick up fine blue calicos and silks.

Jiaxing’s most remarkable asset is its trio of ancient water towns, where cobblestone lanes, arched bridges and proud craft traditions provide a window back in time. Wander the winding lanes of Xitang Water Town and watch the sun set across a sea of tiled roofs. At Nanxun Water Town, admire the Mansion of One Hundred Rooms, a long row of centuries-old, white-walled tenements stretching far along either side of a canal.

Wuzhen Water Town is known for its wooden-framed houses, Ming and Qing dynasty bridges and ancient looms which are still in use today. Stop for tea at the Fanglu Teahouse, named after a legendary Tang dynasty poet who devoted his life to all things tea.

Jiaxing is an important site in the birth of the Communist Party of China. It was on a boat on the city’s South Lake that the party’s constitution was issued in 1921. Today the lake is a lovely place to tour by boat. Explore the lake’s banks to see local birdlife, Ming dynasty ruins and the Revolutionary Memorial Hall.

The drive to Jiaxing from Shanghai International Airport can take up to 2 hours. The water towns are easily accessible from Jiaxing by bus or car and are best explored on foot. Consider visiting Jiaxing in spring or autumn when the town hosts a range of festivals, such as the Jiaxing South Yangtze River Culture Festival held from October to November.

Where to stay in Jiaxing

Art installation in the ancient water city of Wu Zhen, China


3/5(1 area review)

When in Tongxiang, consider checking out the museums and parks.

South Lake Memorial Hall showing signage and an administrative buidling

Nanhu Qu

You'll enjoy the museums and historic sites in Nanhu Qu. You might want to make time for a stop at Jiaxing People's Government or South Lake Memorial Hall.

Nanhu Qu
Very yummy but probably way unhealthy pork dish


4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Travelers like the museums in Jiashan, and Yanyu Gallery is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Jiaxing featuring heritage architecture, a small town or village and a river or creek

Xiuzhou Qu

You'll enjoy the restaurants and shopping in Xiuzhou Qu. You might want to make time for a stop at Shijiuyang Wetland or Jiangnan Mall.

Xiuzhou Qu

Top Hotels in Jiaxing

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Langham Place, Haining
Langham Place, Haining
5 out of 5
No.228, South Wenyuan Road, Jiaxing, Zhejiang
The price is NT$1,874 per night

Located in Haining, this hotel is 17 mi (27.3 km) from Yanguan Scenic Attraction.

4.4/5Excellent! (23 reviews)

"Still as good as before. But this time around, e air con is not on."…"

Reviewed on 2019/3/19

Langham Place, Haining
Hyatt Place Tongxiang Train Station
Hyatt Place Tongxiang Train Station
3.5 out of 5
No 288 Yuerong Rd, Gaoqiao St, Tongxiang, Jiaxing, Zhejiang

Located in Tongxiang, this hotel is 13.4 mi (21.6 km) from Yanguan Scenic Attraction. Tongxiang Station is 18 minutes by foot.

Hyatt Place Tongxiang Train Station
Alila Wuzhen, Zhejiang
Alila Wuzhen, Zhejiang
4 out of 5
No. 939, Ziye East Road, Wuzhen Township, Jiaxing, Zhejiang
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$8,279 per night

Located in Tongxiang, this hotel is 14.6 mi (23.5 km) from Children's Park and 15.5 mi (25 km) from Nanxun Old Town.

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)
Great service by Victor

"We left some of our belongings in the hotel and the Hotel’s service person Victor was extremely helpful and went the extra mile to send our belongings to our hotel in shanghai. Thank you very much Victor for your assistance."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/31

Alila Wuzhen, Zhejiang

Popular places to visit in Jiaxing

Jiaxing Ancient Canal
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Jiaxing Ancient Canal

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Jiaxing Ancient Canal during your stay in Jiaxing. Amble around the area's lakeside or visit its temples.

South Lake Memorial Hall
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South Lake Memorial Hall

You can learn about the history of Jiaxing when you stop by South Lake Memorial Hall. Amble around the area's lakeside or visit its temples.

Jiaxing South Lake
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Jiaxing South Lake

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Jiaxing South Lake during your travels in Jiaxing. Amble around the area's lakeside or visit its temples.

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Jing An Temple which includes a city and a temple or place of worship


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