Venice of China

Trip Start Mar 06, 2011
Trip End Apr 29, 2011

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Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Today is our last full day in Shanghai before we fly out to Beijing and we've decided to spend it in  an ancient water village 100km West of Shanghai called Zhou Zhang.  As our private car takes us out of the inner CBD, there are high rise residential buildings every where,  30 minutes later the landscape comprises of farm land surrounded by small village towns.  It really is amazing to see how different Chinese towns are just 30 minutes outside of the main city, as we say "It's like Chalk and Cheese".   Also along our journey to the water town, our tour guide Robin provided us with some history of Shanghai, we somehow got to the topic population and how there is a law for 1 child per family in China and that most parents in Shanghai prefer to have a girl, rather than a boy.  Robin mentioned it is common when men marry women in Shanghai, they must shower them with gifts, one gift being a BMW, he continues and shares that the other meaning of BMW in Shanghai is "Be My Wife".   We finally get to Zhou Zhang and really is beautiful,  greystone paths, walls, and bridges surround the canals of this ancient village, it's so peaceful I could easily spend a week here.  We spend most of our time here exploring the sites and learning the history of the village, leaving our gondola ride to he end.  As our gondola hit's the halfway point, the lady controlling our gondala is desparate for a tip and asks Robin our guide if we would like to here a local song while enjoying the ride, we say yes but wish we had have said no.  She was loud, out of tune and was constantly clearing her throat every 60 seconds.   I wanted to double her tip to make her stop, but considered it as part of the experience and found it some what amusing.  
I have been to Venice and tourism in Shanghai are claiming Zhou Zang and other water villages to be the Venice of China, my thoughts to this would be, they both have canals and they both have their own unique charm, so yes I would have to agree with the  Veinice of China statement. 

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