Dear tourist, welcome to the beautiful Zhouzhuang Old Town. Let Little Donkey spend the rest of the day with you. The legendary Zhouzhuang is situated in the southeast of Suzhou city and the southwest of Kunshan city. It is one of the six ancient towns in Jiangnan and it is honored as the most famous water township in China which has a history of more than 900 years. During the middle period of the Yuan Dynasty, there is a legendary and rich figure in Jiangnan named Shen Wansan. His father Shen You moved to Dongzhai Village which was located in the east of Zhouzhuang. Shen You ran business, and developed the economy of the village. Therefore, Dongzhai Village became prosperous and the market centered on Fuan Bridge came into being. The affluence of Shen Wansan contributed a lot to the transition of Zhouzhuang from a small town to a commercial and prosperous place. Shen Wansan is gifted in doing business. He found that the East River was superior in geography because it bordered on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal in west and Liu River in southeast, so he decided to do marine trade. With his arduous effort, Zhouzhuang became a trading and distributing center of food, silk and various handicrafts, facilitating the development of its handicraft industry and business. By the Qing Dynasty, with the population of Zhouzhuang growing rapidly, many bars and shops appeared in the West Gate area. Therefore, Zhongshi Street became the business center of Zhouzhuang, making Zhouzhuang a commercial and prosperous place. Zhouzhuang is a place with both traditional and modern elements. Now in the modern time, Zhouzhuang still retains its own quaintness and most of the houses keep the architectural style of Qing Dynasty. Only covered an area of 0.47 square kilometer, the old town is not very large, but there are about one hundred old-fashioned courtyards and more than 60 tile-craving arches in it. Among those architectures, the most representative ones are the Shen’s House and the Zhang’s House. Zhouzhuang also keeps 14 characteristic ancient bridges. All these things constitute a wonderful water township scenery with little bridge, flowing river and household. Featuring with beauty, quaintness and simplicity, Zhouzhaung, a famous town in Jiangnan, is the model of the eastern culture which boasts a history of a thousand year and culture of Wu area. Now Little Donkey will leave the rest time to you, you may roam freely around the ancient eastern world.