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Xitang Overview

Xitang, one of the six ancient towns south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River is in Jiashan Country, Zhejiang Province. Jiashan is in the middle of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou (within 100km from each). The roads in Jiashan County are good with modern fast highways; National Highway 320 and Huhang Expressway run across the county. Jiashan Town can be reached by both coach and railway. Xitang is 10km (6 miles) north of Jiashan, 20 minutes by bus.

The major difference between Xitang and other ancient water towns lies in the ceilinged corridors (about 1,000 meters (1,100 yards) long) beside the river, which are just like the Summer Palace Corridor. The streets with the town’s shops are built along the river. In the past, famers and businessmen in water towns used the river as a street and boats as their vehicles. Much purchasing was done on the boats or banks. Thus, a special structure that linked the river and stores, as well as protected people from the sun and rain, was created-the ceilinged corridor, which was passed down from generation to generation and eventually became a tradition. The useful ceilinged corridor is a special feature of water towns. The 1,300-meter (1,400-yard)-long ceilinged corridor in Xitang has become a place for people to enjoying the ancient scenery and rest idly.  

Xitang covers an area of 1 square kilometer (0.4 square miles). The nine river courses across the ancient town divide it into eight parts, connected by 27 ancient bridges. The ancient town has always been like a changing folk tale of water town images: “houses on the river, bridges on the river, people on the bridges, boats under the bridges, stores on the bridge ends and reflections in water” through the generations.