Zhouzhuang 周庄

by Alessandro Gho September. 02, 2007 12894 views

Zhouzhuang (周庄), also called the Venice of China, is located in Jiangsu province, about 50 km West of Shanghai, and is China's oldest water town. It is set on the Jinghang Canal, which links Suzhou and Shanghai, and was once a flourishing port, specializing in silk, pottery, and grain. In most recent centuries, attracted scholars and officials who built fine bridges and houses between the Yuan and the Quing ears. Zhouzhuang become ultimately the place where painters were coming to draw its beauty.
One of those paintings, one in particular, made in the 1980s this little water town know to the world…


Next to Zhouzhang’s famous Twin Bridge is a rock with this very inscription:

" Chen Yifei and the Twin Bridge

The Twin Bridge. Consisting of Yong’an Bridge and Shide Bridge, is one of the historical monuments and cultural relics listed under the protection of Jiangsu Province. Built during the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty (1573 – 1619). It is also called the Key Bridge, as one is square and the other is round, just like and ancient Chinese key.
In 1984, Chen Yifei (1946 – 2005), a famous Chinese artist residing in the U.S.A., created a painting, “Memories of Hometown – the Twin Bridge”. The paint was bought by Dr. Armond Hammer, an American oil tycoon, and later presented to the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. In 1985, the painting was used on a first day cover issued by the United Nations. From then on the Twin Bridge becomes a symbol of beauty as well as a historical and cultural carrier of water bound towns in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Makes itself known to more and more people in the world.
Mr. Chen Yifei passed away on April 10.2005. to our great sorrow. This monument is erected just in memory of his special contributions to Zhouzhuang.

The People’s Government of Zhouzhuang Town
May 18, 2005 "





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Julia Gotz 13 years, 2 months ago

You are a phenomenal photographer

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Emme Tan 13 years, 2 months ago

the last shot is awesome

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Justii 13 years, 3 months ago

beautiful work........ very lovely

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Martina Korosec 13 years, 3 months ago

well done! #3 into my fav.

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Queta 13 years, 5 months ago

The second is one of my favorites

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Whitecotton 13 years, 7 months ago

还没有去过,真遗憾~

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Sandra 13 years, 7 months ago

really beautiful, the texture is wonderful... beauiful!

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Storytaylor 13 years, 7 months ago

gorgeous. gorgeous. wonderful photos

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Chris 13 years, 7 months ago

great set , #1 picture is my favs now :D

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Roxanne 13 years, 7 months ago

great post love the info about the area.
- the quality of the photos is kinda painterly and it feels good.
nice.

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Ana Lucie 13 years, 7 months ago

and # 1 and # 3 are wonderful!!!

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Ana Lucie 13 years, 7 months ago

Hey Iagho, thanks for understand my intention!

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Monika 13 years, 7 months ago

This set is amazing! Looking at the first shot, I thought it is B&W, but isn`t... wonderul tones that bring fascinating details. Bravo!

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Agodashi 13 years, 7 months ago

Very nice set!! Love it! added the last to fav.

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Chris 13 years, 7 months ago

That is fabulous photos, great great great!!!

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Dogge 13 years, 7 months ago

Wonderfull!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Tim 13 years, 7 months ago

Amazing set, the first one is so beautiful, a favourite for me :)

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Jendayee 13 years, 7 months ago

I really love that set ! the colors you used ! interesting and excellent post, got to pick a fav to remember !

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Aldona 13 years, 7 months ago

nice set...I realy like it

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G 13 years, 7 months ago

great set

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jack 13 years, 7 months ago

these are beautiful. desaturated so, they have a timeless feel.

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Pete 13 years, 7 months ago

wow great set

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Allegra 13 years, 7 months ago

mi piace la due ..tantissimo. veramente una composizione speciale . chi fa foto così ha un un obiettivo meraviglioso nella testa .

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Nasser Golahmar 13 years, 7 months ago

great set

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Rodolphe Eneida 13 years, 7 months ago

Ouch. Really impressive light and tones!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Filippo 13 years, 7 months ago

beautiful work....well done

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Fionarobinson 13 years, 7 months ago

great set, love the tone of your photos, #1 fab

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K C Ng 13 years, 7 months ago

Wow very beautiful pictures:))

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Ursula 13 years, 7 months ago

awesome! BW always great!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 13 years, 7 months ago

Great pictures and comment.

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lisa 13 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful work. I like the tones of these.

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Gary 13 years, 7 months ago

woooo... hohohoho.. I've been to there once. Very great place but crowdy. What time you took these pics... seems so quiet not really like Zhouzhang.

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Shengli Chen 13 years, 7 months ago

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that's a really beautiful and peaceful village!!!!!!!!! I'd like to go there!!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Krishna 13 years, 7 months ago

Amazing ART! Kudos!!!! Great work !

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Iris St.Onge 13 years, 7 months ago

Awesome captures!!! : )

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