Moon View Pavillion

A beautiful courtyard in the Kehzi Gardens.

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Events, including Chinese opera, are sometimes held in the gardens — ask our guide if anything is happening during your visit!

The Moon View Pavilion is found in the Kezhi Garden, in a suburb of Shanghai known as Zhujiajiao. This ancient water town is renowned throughout China, with a history stretching back almost 2000 years. With its charming waterways and curved rock bridges, it is no surprise to hear it described as “The Venice of Shanghai.” It is also known rather poetically as Pearl Stream, and it is certainly the best preserved of the four ancient towns in Shanghai.

Apart from the ancient dwellings built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Zhujiajiao is also home to the magnificent Kezhi Garden. This huge garden is commonly known as Ma Family Garden, after a former host named Ma Wenqin, and it consists of three parts. In the artificial hill area there is symbolic architecture, including a five-story building upon which stands the diametric Moon View Pavilion.

The Kezhi Garden is among the largest in southern China and offers the kind of tranquility that is hard to come by amid the exhilarating and sometimes overwhelming full-throttle development of Chinese cities. Quiet and secluded, a trip to the Moon View Pavilion is a welcome reminder of Chinese history before the 20th century.

Nearby Attractions

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Xiao long bao
A type of steamed bun stuffed with meat and cooked in a bamboo steaming basket.
Boat Ride
This relaxing ride will take you under stone bridges and down winding waterways.
Silk Mill
Experience how world famous South China silk is made by visiting a real silk mill.
Fangsheng Bridge
Take part in the tradition of buying live fish then releasing them back into the open water for good luck.
Kezhi Garden
Commonly called the ‘Ma family Garden’, it is home to a beautiful courtyard and historical buildings.
Qiao Family Road
Named after the richest trading family in Shanghai, this road dates back to this amazing city's origin.

Related Tours

Private Tour of Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town
Shanghai today is an intoxicating mix of the traditional and the modern, and no trip would be complete without an excursion to ancient water town Zhujiajiao.

  • Meet your private guide and journey to Zhujiajiao 
  • Discover a photogenic canal town rich in charm dubbed the 'Venice of the East'
  • Explore a settlement rich in ancient history, dating back to the Ming Dynasty
  • Stroll cobbled streets, hemmed by canals, strung with red rice-paper lanterns
  • Enjoy a local lunch, recommended by your guide (price not included)
  • See Chinese cartographers, tea shops, pavement artists and paper cutters
  • Enjoy a gondola ride through timeless scenery to a Chinese folk song serenade 
With its quaint stone bridges, mist-cloaked canals and wooden gondolaspicturesque Zhujiajiao feels a world away from modern China  Dubbed the Venice of the East, it oozes with sleepy charm where the water’s lap against the canal-side echoes the slow-paced rhythm of daily life. Fishermen wait patiently for the telltale tug on a line as housewives haul laundry from the shallows of the glassy inky-blue water. 

On this fascinating Private Tour of  Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town, you will venture into the mighty Yangtze River delta region where bicycles outnumber motorized vehicles. Everything centres on the waterways in Zhujiajiao, evoking memories of old Shanghai. Wooden gondolas ferry rice sacks and crates of fish up and down the river, sending silvery ripples across the surface of the canal. Skinny cobbled streets form a chaotic riddle through Zhujajiao criss-crossed by alleyways bedecked with red lanterns. 

Meander into the heart of Zhujiajiao where fortune-tellers, paper cutters and tea shops are backdropped by fine 13th-century Chinese buildings. As you stroll across bridges and along the canal side, see locals playing cards at rickety tables or taking tea. Of course no visit to Zhujiajiao is complete without the timeless pleasure of a gondola ride and on your private, guided tour you will pass moored sampans where artists brush-stroke vivid colours onto silk-strung easels, to create glorious pictures of birds and blooms. 


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