Xitang Travel Guide
Basic Facts of Xitang:
Xitang Location: in Zhejiang Province
Encircled with limpid rivers and smart bridges, Xitang is situated in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. It is a town with hundreds of years history as well as time-honored cultures and customs. One of the most attractive points of Xitang is its well-preserved quaint architectural groups constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties, boasting a higher artistry and study value, therefore being highlighted by the experts both home and abroad.
When travelling in Xitang, tourists can enjoy the typical Southern Chinese river-side scenery featured by small bridges, murmuring streams green ripples as well as elegant dwellings.
In the morning, the picturesque scenery will appear as water flows slowly beneath bridges, silk-like thin mist floats above the water surface, pinkish walls on both banks stand tall and erect along with tiled houses are reflected inversely in the water... While in the late afternoon, another scene will emerge as the setting sun shines slantwise, beautiful songs waft from fishing boats and lamps flicker start to present gradually...Let us follow ShanghaiFocus and begin our "Water Town" journey!
What to do in Xitang
Boat locations: Futang Cruise Ship Port.
Ship Timetables: in the daytimes ships are only for chartering thus the sailing time is decided by travlers. The cruise ships are also available in the evening: start at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Price: chartered ship: 80 yuan/ per ship for 12 people; Night ships: 10 yuan/ per person
Another highlighted aspect is Xitang yummy delicacies with a lot of dishes such as Braised meat with preserved vegetable, Caihua Fish Braised sith Eggs, Crab in oil and salt, Eel paste with sounding oil, Quick-fried snails with soy sance and so on and forth to be recommended. As long as you have tried, you will never forget their palatable tastes.
Braised meat with preserved vegetable
Braised meat with preserved vegetable is a traditional family dish in Xitang, which has been greatly favored people delicated to its simple making, delicious taste and rich nutrition. The cooked meat with preserved vegetable is tender but not fat, oily but not leaking with the best characteristics of slight sweet taste as well as rich rural flavor of the northern part of Zhejiang.
Xitang has interleaving water net with the source from Taihu Lake. Therefore the high-quality water has provided satisfactory environment for growth of wildness Pangpi Fish. Pangpi Fish infests along the riverside, hence the name originates. The cooking ways of wildness Pangpi Fish include soy stewed and steamed, of which the most featured is Pangpi Fish in spiced salt. This dish is fragrant and crisp, both delicious and calcium mending, honored as a green natural dish.
Quick-fried snails with soy sance
Quick-fried snail is a most ordinary course in the water region in southern part of the Yangtze River. Snail is generally edible before and after the Tomb-sweeping Festival. As the folk saying goes,"eating snail helps people to be clearsighted", thus it enloy great popularity among both the natives and the external travelers. The dish is mostly strong and fresh in sapor. It is really prevalent in Xitang to drink wine and eat snail with some good friends in the gentle evening wind.
a) The tour ticket of Xitang Old Town is 100 RMB/ per person (including insurance premium)
b)The team ticket enjoys discount.
c)The following people enjoy ticket preference: college, middle school and primary school students, teachers, the disabled and retirees (specific preferences refer to the stipulations).
d)Scenic spots are free with guide certificate, reporter certificate, armyman certificate and some other effective certificates. Children with a height of below 120cm are free of charge.
As Xitang is a neighboring town of some big cities like Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing etc., it is easily accessible. One can choose from a variety of means such as trains, daily buses, taxis etc. While within the town, people can reach main scenic spots by buses, taxis and cruise ships, being sure to greatly benefit all the travelers here.
Friends from Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou can firstly arrive at Jiashan by train and long-distance bus, and then shift to Jiashan-Xitang Bus which runs at an interval of 5 minutes(ticket price: 3.5 yuan). Besides, Jiaxing has direct buses to Xitang, costing you 7 yuan and taking 45 minutes to reach the destination. People from Shanghai can also take train to Jiashan as it only takes less than 2 hours.
Train Timetables: Shanghai South Raiway Station-Jiashan Railway Station, starts at 8:40 a.m. and arrives at 9:50 a.m.; starts at 3:50 p.m. and arrives at 5:10 p.m.; starts at 8:05 p.m. and arrives at 9:25 p.m.; Shanghai Railway Station-Jiashan Railway Station, NO.681 starts at 7:49 a.m. and arrives at 9:25 a.m.; NO.123 starts at 9:21 a.m. and arrives at 10:17 a.m.
From Shanghai: On Saturdays and Sundays, at Hongkou Football Field and Shanghai Stadium, direct buses are offered to start at 9 a.m. with 85 yuan/ per person(return at 4 p.m. from Xitang) involving a round-trip ticket and admissions to the sightseeing spot. While in during weekdays, the Northern Long-distance Bus Station provides direct buses to Xitang as well, which starts at 7:50 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
From Hangzhou: at East Bus Station, Express Passenger Buses are equipped to Jiashan at an interval of 40 minutes and it will take one and half hours to the destination(ticket price: 27 yuan). Then shift form Jiashan to Xitang by bus with an interval of 5 minutes for 3.5 yuan.
Best Visiting Time
The best visiting seasons of Xitang are Spring and Autumn , the climates of which are quite pleasant. While the beat visiting month is April as the main representative of Xitang-azalea has reached its blossom period at that time. The average temperature of Spring and Autumn is 27 centi degree, neither too cold nor too hot for traveling. Although in Summer, the temperature is a little bit hot, travelers can be complemented by enjoying the local specialty-"June Crab".
Editor's Words----It seems that one of the local specialties-crab is quite popular among travelers and the natives, however, do remember to protect your stomach as too much crabs will cause you digestive troubles. Besides, camera should be equipped with you so that you can photo your beautiful memories here!