24 Hours Hotline: +86 137-3541-1378
+86 157-0009-4881
Email:

Your Location: Home > Water Town Attractions > Jinxi Water Town

Jinxi Water Town

China Water Towns Suzhou attractions Jinxi Water Town.jpg

Jinxi Water Town
Jinxi is an ancient water town, it is located to the south Kunshan city in Jiangsu province and around 35 km to the west of Suzhou, and with convenient access to main motorways which link it to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. It famous with its delicate architecture and laid back lifestyle, Jinxi water town, near Suzhou city, was described by the eminent Chinese writer Shen Congwen as "a sleeping maiden" during his short stay there during the 1970s. 

Jinxi Ancient Water Town covers 90.69 square kilometers of cultivated land a with rich natural water resources. There are five lakes and over 30 bridges cross the waterways of the town. The mild and humid North Subtropical Monsoon climate means that it enjoys adequate light, rainfall and four distinct seasons. Jinxi Water Town has many places of historic interest and scenic views due to its rich historical and cultural heritage. The improved infrastructure has led to a surge tourism to Jinxi, which hopes to continue its development and play a role in the world economy by attracting more overseas visitors and investors.

Jinxi Water Town is fascinated the imperial family and aristocracy in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and poets in the Ming Dynasty (1836-1644) extolled the "Eight Sceneries" of the town which are apparent even today when one takes a walk around the old bridges, lakes, quiet lanes, temples and gardens. Foreigners believe Jinxi is a paragon of Yangtze River water towns and that its beauty surpasses that of Suzhou. The late well-known writer Shen Congwen described it as "a dreaming damsel" while Feng Yingzi, quoting an ancient Chinese line, said it "looks as becoming as ever, whether in light or heavy make-up".

China Water Towns Suzhou attractions Jinxi Water Town.jpg    China Water Towns Suzhou attractions Jinxi Water Town.jpg

History
Jinxi Ancient Water Town can be dated back to the Neolithic age, and much later, in the Spring and Autum period (770-476 BC), the King of Wu assigned Lord Wu Zixu the task of building a town. During the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220 ), a famous general, Ma Yuan, trained his troops in the area and, during the Three Kingdoms period, Prime Minister Zhang Zhao was buried in Jinxi. The famous painter Gu Kaizhi of the East Jin Dynasty (AD 317-420), fled to the town to avoid political oppression. During the Song Dynasty (960-1279), the Emperor Song Xiaozong and his beloved concubine Chen came by Jinxi while traveling through the region. The concubine became obsessed with the natural beauty of Jinxi and she decided to remain in the town for a while. Tragically, she died in Jinxi and the Emperor, grieving over the death of his beautiful concubine, laid her bones in Wubao Lake to the south of the town. He ordered Jinxi to change its name to Chenmu and a Buddhist Temple known as the Lotus Pond was built in Chen's memory. 

Jinxi is an ancient water town, it is located to the south Kunshan city in Jiangsu province and around 35 km to the west of Suzhou, and with convenient access to main motorways which link it to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport.     Jinxi Water Town is famous with its delicate architecture and laid back lifestyle,  Jinxi water town, near Suzhou city, was described by the eminent Chinese writer Shen Congwen as "a sleeping maiden" during his short stay there during the 1970s.

Highlights
The Lotus Pool Temple and Wenchang Pavilion are major attractions to visitors to the town, which are well preserved historical sites. Construction of the temple began in 1164 (the year after Chen's death) and lasted nearly 40 years. The temple consisted of a palace hall, rooms along the veranda surrounding the hall, a meditation room, pavilions, courtyards and a gaily-painted pleasure-boat. The scale of the temple rivaled other more famous ones in China in those days. In 1656, during the Qing Dynasty, Halls for the Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin) and Maitreya (Mile) and a Hall of Great Compassion were added to make the temple a first-rate Buddhist retreat. 

In additional, it is known as "China's town of folk museums". For instance: The Root Carving Museum and Wonder Stone Museum, Chinese Ancient Bricks and Tiles Museum, the Antiques Museum of East China, the Red Porcelain Museum, Zhangsheng Art Gallery and the Old Coins Museum.

How to get to Jinxi Water Town

It takes about 40 minutes from Shanghai to Jinxi Water Town by driving.

Travel Guide
Address: Jinxi Town, Kunshan 215324, China

Tel: +86 512 5723 1352

Recommended Suzhou Tours including Jinxi water town

Private One Day Trip of Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Water Towns from Shanghai

Questions & Answers or Review
* Full Name
* E-mail
* Title of your review
* Your review
 

The following Water Town Tours may also interest you!

Full Day Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour from Suzhou

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Zhouzhuang's Twin Bridges, Zhouzhuang's Old Drama Stage, Zhang House, Shen House

Tour Style:Full Day Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour from Suzhou help you to explore the most beautiful and well-known Chinese water town-Zhouzhuang Water town with your knowledgeable tour guide!

View Details
From $65 p/p
One Day Tongli Water Town Sightseeing Tour From Shanghai

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Tongli Water Town

Tour Style:One Day Suzhou Tongli Water Town Tour From Shanghai help you explore Tongli water town, one of the most famous ancient water towns in the south of the Yangtze River Delta.

View Details
From $103 p/p
Tongli Water Town Day Tour from Suzhou

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Tongli Water Town

Tour Style:Tongli water town is noted as one of six famous water towns in China with its ancient bridges, houses and lanes. Book our Suzhou Tongli water town tour, you'll get the best tour experience in Tongli in one day with our knowledgeable tour guide.

View Details
From $75 p/p
Suzhou Half Day Garden Tour with Extension to Tongli Town

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Master of Nets Garden, Pingjiang Road, Suzhou Silk Factory, Tongli Water Town

Tour Style:Book our Suzhou halfa day garden tou with tongli, our tour guide will take you to explore the best features of Suzhou city by touring classical garden, learn silk culture in Suzhou No.1 Silk factory and experience the tranquil beauty of Tongli water town.

View Details
From $85 p/p
Shanghai to Zhouzhuang Water Town Day Tour

Duration:6-8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Zhouzhuang Water Town

Tour Style:Explore one of China`s most cherished water towns on this exciting day tour, a private tour for your family or your friends exclusively

View Details
From $87 p/p

Live Chat

Certificate of Excellence
2018

tripadvisor

China Private Tours-Day Tour

Certificate of Excellence
2017

tripadvisor

China Private Tours-Day Tour

Certificate of Excellence
2016

tripadvisor

China Private Tours-Day Tour

Your Idea of Your Trip
Adults:
(>11 years old)
Children:
(2 - 11 years old)
Babies:
(< 2 years old)
Date of trip
Hotel Class
Any specific requests/interests?
Contact Information

(Your Privacy is Protected)

Full Name: *
E-mail: *
Your Age: *
Nationality: *
Contact Phone Number: *
Submit

Tailor-Made

1 to 1 tailor-made service from our professional travel advisors for the most sophisticated

Authentic

Constantly excellent reviews for attraction, hotel and service Competitive price

Value Guarantee

Local experts provide quality tours Best selected knowledgeable local guides Authentic local restaurants

Stress-free Guaranteed

7*24 hours available to create you a worry-free tour. No Hidden Fees and absolutely no pressure to buy. Secured

Who choose us

ASTA Pata CATS IATA

We accept:

We accept

Email:

Copyright © 2017 Suzhouprivatetour.com All rights reserved.