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Wuzhen ancient water town is embraced by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal with rivers and canals crisscrossing the while town. It has a history of more than 1,000 years…

Wuzhen ancient water town is embraced by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal with rivers and canals crisscrossing the while town. It has a history of more than 1,000 years and has been listed by UNESCO in the reserve list of world cultural heritages. The whole town is about 169,600 square meters with more than 80 percent water area. Wuzhen has many sites of historical and cultural interest. From the Song (960-1279) through the Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties, Wuzhen had more successful candidates in the highest imperial examinations than any other town south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Other historical and cultural sites include the Wenchang Pavilion, the Xiuzhen Taoist Temple, the ancient stage, the mansion of a member of the Imperial Academy, and the former residence of Mao Dun, a great master of contemporary Chinese literature. In addition to flower-drum opera, shadow-puppet shows, and temple fairs, Wuzhen also attracts visitors with its time-honored art of making indigo-dyed printed calico. In ancient times, indigo-dyed printed calico was used for curtains, scarves, and tablecloths in every household in the countryside of Zhejiang Province…

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