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I visited Shaoxing as a one-day trip from Hangzhou. I have known the name of this city since middle school, as it showed up very often in textbooks, associated with many influential figures as their birthplace. I always wanted to visit, thinking it must be something special about this place that incubated those great people in China's history.

Indeed, Shaoxing is a hidden treasure for those who like the soft and tender ancient urban style of Southeast China. The thousand-year-old canals are still in function and connect the people who live above the water. Given the preservation and originality, Shaoxing is surprisingly low-profile. Unlike the touristy water towns, which segregated the historic areas to charge admission ticket, Shaoxīng is a contemporary city marbled with old, where modern housing blocks are shot through with rivulets and white-washed homes. 

People peacefully live their lives here in the course of history. We are crossing the same watercourse as those colorful figures in the past centuries. Still water runs deep, just like Shaoxing.

Canals throughout the city. Such boat with a dark awning is a signature transport here and often seen in nostalgic literature.

Canals throughout the city. Such boat with a dark awning is a signature transport here and often seen in nostalgic literature.

 
Old house of Lu Xun, one of the most critical writer in China. There are many preserved, former residences for important figures in Shaoxing.

Old house of Lu Xun, one of the most critical writer in China. There are many preserved, former residences for important figures in Shaoxing.

The local life scenes are very dear. Time was spent with patience and focus. There are many seniors in the city, adding to its tranquility.

The local life scenes are very dear. Time was spent with patience and focus. There are many seniors in the city, adding to its tranquility.

The streets are picturesque, a typical Southeast style that absorbed the deep Chinese culture.

The streets are picturesque, a typical Southeast style that absorbed the deep Chinese culture.

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Like Hangzhou, Shaoxing also has lovely lake and summer lotus. Cities and towns in Zhejiang Province share many features, yet smaller, less-known places sometimes are better without tourist crowds. So do drop by Shaoxing if you have a chance.

Like Hangzhou, Shaoxing also has lovely lake and summer lotus. Cities and towns in Zhejiang Province share many features, yet smaller, less-known places sometimes are better without tourist crowds. So do drop by Shaoxing if you have a chance.

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