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It’s not as big as the major tourist resorts of Zhouzhuang or Tongli (see chapter 10) but is easily accessible from the city center and can just about be visited in an afternoon. Like every water town, Zhujiajiao is a charming matrix of burbling brooks, arched bridges, and whitewashed houses—seasoned with lots of tourists. The best way to enjoy the experience is to while away an hour in one of the waterside teahouses, and stroll among the narrow alleys. Extra charges are levied for the multitude of fairly lifeless museums.
On the north side of the street is the curvaceous baroque Ningbo Commercial Bank. Opposite is the Shanghai City Power Company, a classic piece of art deco engineering. 7 Jiangxi Lu. Turn left (south) down Jiangxi Lu to pass a series of art deco treats. At no. 52 Ningbo Lu—on the north side of the first cross street—is the former Bank of Canton. Past the junction, also on the right at no. 349 Jiangxi Lu is the former Kiangsu Chekiang 55 8 ★ The Peace Hotel. Turn left and walk along Nanjing Dong Lu to reach Shanghai’s most famous hotel (still closed for a huge renovation at the time of writing).
Chinese groups bring kids here for the entire day, but you can probably get away with an hour or two. Most disappointing of all is that the excellent range of iMax films don’t come with English subtitles. @ 2 hr. 2000 Shiji Da Dao. y 021-6862-2000. sstm. cn. Tickets RMB60, kids RMB20. 15pm. Metro: Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (Line 2) 7 Century Park. Shanghai’s largest and newest public park has a laid-back family vibe, with large lawns to sit on, a lovely lake to meander around, and some stunning floral arrangements.