Zhujiajiao

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One of several water towns crisscrossed by rivers, streams, and canals to the west of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao is perhaps the most popular for the Shanghai day-tripper crowd.

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The town is remarkably well-preserved and displays old Ming and Qing architecture along its picturesque canals. The town is also known for its local stinky tofu, the smell of which will hit you from every corner of town.

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While generally more touristy than nearby and Xitang or Zhouzhuang, at least for now, Zhouzhuang has probably become the favorite of the water towns due to its ease of access and tourist amenities and trinket stores.