Fengjing Ancient Water Town
Fengjing ancient water town is one of the ancient water towns within a day trip from Shanghai. The history of the town is very long – per some of the local people, the town is about 1500 years old. Some of the references I saw on-line desrcribed it as one of the gate towns to Shanghai. The streets in the old town criss cross old houses, restaurants and tea shops. Probably the main attraction that we saw (at least) are the canals that create the old city – the interesting houses being built all around the canals.
Fengjing is certainly much less visited by tourists – while Qibao is much easier to access, Fengjing is significantly larger, and much less over-run by tourists. Let’s put it this way – during our visit on October 6th, we saw only one obvious foreign tourist in the area. I am sure there were plenty of tourists overall, but all in all, it is one of the off the beaten track locations.
Folks art is a big thing in the area. I did not care too much for it – but if you like it, there is plenty of it.
In terms of getting to and from the city – here are some instructions – hopefully useful for you to use:
The town is easily reachable via metro and bus. The town is located approximately 60 kilometers southwest from downtown Shanghai (e.g. Jing’An district).
Instructions to get to Fengjing Ancient Water Town:
- Travel on metro line 1 to Jinjiang Park station
- Exit either via 1 or 2 North exit
- Turn left and walk to the bus terminal – the name is West Meilong Bus Station
- You need to get to a ticket window and buy a ticket for the FengMeiXian bus line – the ticket is 12RMB and you can use your Shanghai Metro card to purchase it (or use cash)
- The bus takes about 55-65 minutes based on how heavy traffic is
- Once you reach Fengjing, the bus will drop you off infront of the Ancient Town. You can then walk to the left of where the bus drop you off or to the right and in both cases bypass the visitor center and walk into the Ancient Town
- On the way back, you need to remember to walk back to the same spot and look for a city bus with a sign (unfortunately in Chinese – Jin Mei Xian – this is a local city bus which can transport you to the town main bus terminal (you pay 2RMB as you get on that bus, you can use your Shanghai metro card again) – at the main terminal you will get back on the Feng Mei Xian to travel back to Shanghai.
- The bus will stop at the Lianhua Road Metro Line 1 stop – or you can stay on the bus all the way back to the main terminal in Shanghai and walk back to the Jinjiang park metro stop
For a photo gallery of our day in Fengjing, please follow this link to the Travel Photo Blog.
If you want to take on the iPad or your other mobile device a book with more on Fengjing – here is the link to it on Amazon.com