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“Pleasant way to kill an afternoon.”

Zhoucun Ancient City
Ranked #1 of 130 things to do in Zibo
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

This was a change of plan stop, a short distance from our hotel and frankly, it was a good change.

First, let me say this; if you've been to the "water villages" around Shanghai, there is no need to visit here. It has the same general feel, but is neither as big or as attractive, but that isn't to say it's not without merit.

Entrance to the shopping streets is free and there's a real mix, ranging from the "traditional" in the form of food, clothing, pottery, instruments and art, to the "random tat" in the form of fake peppa Pig toys, t-shirt transfers and models made from bullets.

You could easily walk around teh shops themselves for an hour or more and there is some nice stuff in there (allow me to recommend the "Moon River" coffee shop for refreshments, reasonably priced and good quality). You can also pay for tickets to enter some of the courtyards and museums and these are pleasant enough in their way, including an art gallery, a silk factory and a movie museum (focussed largely on projectors and the evolution of the Chinese revolutionary movie - quite interesting for a film buff like me, but dubious for many, I guess).

I wouldn;t go far out of my way for this, but if you're within thirty minutes, it's worth the stop off.

Thank Kevin B
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

If you in the area, this is a nice visit for a few hours. There are a few interesting shops and some old restored architecture but only a few local places to eat. I'll need to go back again as I'm sure I missed something looking at some other reviews and history.

1  Thank bareboneii
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Reviewed 17 November 2015

Entrance to the Ancient City is free but a ticket (buy at the entrance) is required to visit the old houses and factories. Lots of little shops selling the usual tourist tat.

Thank Douglas M
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

Excellent view of Chinese old houses, culture and history. Old habits is still on the streets. Good food, cheap shopping stores. A place to stay at least 4 hours.

Thank Roberto W
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Reviewed 13 April 2015

This area is very interesting from a cultural point of view when you realise that many enterprises began here. Some have famous lineage and others are names now forgotten, it's not a single reason to come here yet it should be on your list if you happen to be in this part of the world.

The backstreets are interesting and you should take time to just wander about but cover your ears if you don't like the scratchy yowling of the Chinese version of an oversized violin.

Many interesting old houses and of course the usual touristy style - many objects to buy if you don't mind more clutter at home, the tmosphere and the happy folk are my delight.

Take lots of photographs as they are your best source of memory.

1  Thank Neil C
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