Remote Xitang Town, Jiashan County 314100, China Published on: 10-09-2016
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How to get to Xitang Ancient Town?
Xitang is about 90 kilometers from Shanghai, 80 kilometers from Suzhou, and 100 kilometers from Hangzhou. This makes the town very accessible from all 3 major nearby cities. It is also easily reached by bus or train from the larger hubs. Jiashan is the easiest hub to first reach, then from there access Xitang. Buses depart from Jiashan Bus Station, or hail a private or shared taxi to take you to Xitang.
Coming from Hangzhou, there are frequent trains to Jiashan and the high-speed trains departing from Hangzhou station or Hangzhou East station takes 35 minutes only to Jiashan and 30 minutes only from Shanghai Hongqiao station.
In Shanghai, you can take a bus from Gate 5 by the Shanghai gym of Xuhui District departing timely at 9am every Saturday and Sunday. There are also special buses found at the Travel Collecting and Distributing Center of Shanghai that depart at 8:35am every weekday returning at 4:30pm, or departing 9am on the weekends and return at 4pm.
From Nanjing, there are buses that depart every 10 minutes and take about 30 minutes to arrive.
From Hangzhou, you can take a bus from the Hangzhou East Bus Station (departures every 40 minutes) to reach Jiashan. The journey is 1.5 hours. In Jiashan, catch a bus to Xitang; departures are frequent about every 5 minutes for a 30 minute journey.
From Suzhou, take a bus from Suzhou North Square or Suzhou South Station. The trip is about 1.5 hours.
Xitang Town, Jiashan County 314100, China
Excellent Ancient Water Town I eve visited. Very pleasant to take a boat along the river with streets and ancient style buildings surrounded. There are lots of bridges. Tons of small business along the streets selling almost everything. On one of the streets there are bars with loud music all over the place (probably 50 bars) (only open at night).
During a business trip I spent 2 nights in Jiashan county, one of which was a late arrival. The other night the locals recommend that I visit 300 year old Jiashan "old town". I was amazed at the old preservation mixed with modern technology. I never thought I would see 3 "beer bars" in old town. The food looked good and some exotic as well. Good place for shopping. I purchased cultured pearls, silk scarfs, masks, and other little trinkets for the family as really reasonable prices. I highly recommend if your in the area.