Zhujiajiao, the Venice of Shanghai

Zhujiajiao, the Venice of Shanghai

Zhujiajiao is a small water town of 60,000 inhabitants that was built approximately 1,700 years ago. A day there is the perfect way to be immersed in the authenticity of China only an hour away from Shanghai. Hundreds of tourists are strolling around the alleys, walking along the canals and negotiating purchases at the market. The crowd doesn’t change the feeling of being in the past, discovering China of the 19th century. A fishmonger calls us out, she is also selling turtles. A young girl wearing a traditional Chinese outfit is intimidated in front of all the cameras. Vendors are falling asleep behind their counters at the market. Gondoliers are offering pricey tours to tourists. We clear out our way among the city and the Chinese flags before stopping to eat some jiaozi and baozi by the water. I practice my mandarin as much as possible, with all the street vendors, the waiters, and the tourists. We’re immersed in the Chinese culture, there is a lot of noise, people speak loudly, and the smells are intense, some delicious like fried noodles, and some horrible like the strong smell of porc. This is what I like, to have the feeling of being on another planet. I hope to make you travel through my photos.

Zhujiajiao, le Venise de Shanghai

Zhujiajiao est une petite ville de 60 000 habitants qui a été construite sur l’eau il y a environ 1700 ans. Une journée là-bas nous permets de nous plonger dans la Chine authentique à une heure de Shanghai seulement. Des centaines de touristes se baladent dans les ruelles, longent les canaux et négocient des achats au marché. La foule ne change en rien l’impression de faire un tour dans le passé et de découvrir la Chine du 19ème siècle. Une marchande de poissons nous interpelle, elle vend également des tortues. Une jeune fille en tenue traditionnelle chinoise est intimidée devant les photographes. Des vendeurs s’endorment derrière leurs comptoirs au marché. Des gondoliers proposent des tours hors de prix aux touristes. Nous nous frayons un chemin à travers la ville et les drapeaux chinois avant de nous arrêter manger quelques jiaozi et baozi au bord de l’eau. Je pratique mon mandarin autant que possible, avec tous les vendeurs, les restaurateurs et les touristes. Nous sommes plongés dans la culture chinoise, il y a beaucoup de bruit, les gens parlent fort, les odeurs sont intenses, délicieuses comme celle des nouilles frites ou horribles comme celle extrêmement forte du porc. C’est ce que j’aime, avoir le sentiment d’être sur une autre planète. J’espère vous faire voyager en Chine à travers ces photos.

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Travel Tori

Hi and welcome ✨ I am Victoria, a 28 year old french girl, from Albi, in the south of France. When I was 16 I moved to Perth, Australia, for one year by myself. I attended high school there, stayed with host families and was hosted by the Rotary Club of Perth. Since then, I have been traveling as much as I can, I moved to Buenos Aires for a year, Copenhagen for 9 months, Cambodia for 6 months, Shanghai for 4 months, and I am currently living in Washington DC! Through this blog I hope to share with you my passion, my adventures and best memories. Hope to read from you soon 🌍

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