2 hours away from Shanghai is the historical water town of 乌镇 (Wuzhen), located in northern Zhejiang Province. Because of the many canals, some have nicknamed this place the Little Venice of the East. If you don’t have much time to spend here in the day, head straight to the West Village (xi cha).
The beautifully restored streets and wooden house, life seems to have come to a standstill. An old-fashioned barber, ancient silk making and drying, community center with traditional entertainment (where locals bring their own tea and sit or sleep through the program, waking up only when the singing starts).
Although all restaurants are government-owned, they are mostly family run. According to the 老板娘 (lady boss), all restaurants sell the same dishes, however each restaurant may have certain dishes that taste better than the rest. I think she was just being humble because we thought everything we had was one of the best meals we ever had for our entire trip!
There were so many eateries that we didn’t know which one to choose. In the end we followed our noses (it had the best smell!) and picked this one with a little patio outdoor seating next to one of the bridges (sorry don’t know the address.. just follow your nose!)