朱家角) is an ancient water town in an outer district of Shanghai. It was founded some 1700 years ago and it is one of China's most famous water villages due to its canals and stone bridges.
Getting there from Shanghai:
Once you get there, follow the crowds going to the entrance gate of the ancient town. There you'll find a tourism office. Zhujiajiao doesn't charge an entrance ticket to the town, but you can choose to buy different packages that include different number of attractions depending on how long you want to stay. We didn't buy anything and just wandered around the town for about 4 hours.
There are many street vendors selling all kinds of food, that you will of course notice because of the strong smells all over the town.
We only got to taste this bread with what we want to believe were fried herbs inside, but we never knew the name or what was in it, however it tasted OK.
The whole town is worth wandering around, with nice alleys, smaller canals, and many touristy cafés and shops to look around.
We actually took a short boat ride (for about 65 RMB) to see the canals better.
When we thought it was enough, we walked back to the bus station (and got greeted by the giant cat) and took the first Kuai bus back to Shanghai - we got caught in the rush hour and spent about 2 hours stuck in traffic but it was still a nice day trip and even if it's still a touristic place, it was a nice experience of a more "traditional" Chinese town.