The little water town of Zhouzhuang is just 12 miles west of Shanghai, which is on the eastern coast of China, facing towards Japan.

Zhouzhuang might often be called the Venice of East Asia (or of China), but it reminds me quite a bit of my beloved San Antonio, Texas. Both Zhouzhuang and San Antonio have canals with crisscrossing stone bridges, and famous boat tours. Admittedly, San Antonio is MUCH more oriented towards tourists, with its hordes of restaurants lining its canals. In Zhouzhuang, you are likely to see fresh caught fish and freshly washed clothing. Take a pictorial tour below, then click some of the links below the pics to learn more about visiting this amazing little Chinese town.

All pics are from Wikimedia Commons — click to view larger!

Explore Zhouzhuang Water Town on China Highlights

Zhouzhuang: A Lifestyle of its Own features cultural information, ticket prices, and other helpful travel information, along with more pics!

There is also a WikiTravel page on Zhouzhuang, for a brief but organized overview