Wuzhen (乌镇) is a historic scenic town, within the triangle formed by Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. Covering an area of 71.19 km2 (27.49 sq mi), Wuzhen has a total population of 60,000, of which 12,000 are permanent residents.
Wuzhen is the permanent host place of the World Internet Conference since 2014.
Wuzhen, an ancient water town with a long history of about 1300 years, is a beautiful and picturesque small town full of sites of historical and cultural interest. Wuzhen was the boundary area of Wu Kingdom and Yue Kingdom during the Spring and Autumn Period (BC770-221). And Wu Kingdom sent station troops to stay here to garrison their land against Yue. During the Qin Dynasty (BC221-206), Wuzhen belonged to Kuaiji Prefecture. In the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Wuzhen belonged to Suzhou Prefecture. In the year of 872, on a stone tablet in Nobility Suojinming’s Temple, the name of “Wuzhen Town” was inscribed for the first time.
Wuzhen is considered as an amazing pearl of Zhejiang province. It is one of the most famous ancient towns in the south of the Yangtze River Delta. On both sides of the banks of the river, there stand elegant black tiled oil-painted timber framework houses that contrast sharply with its white walls and gray flagging. Stone bridges in various designs and outside corridors with luscious southern China characteristics can be found everywhere. Pubs, restaurants, pawnshops, weaving and dyeing establishments and other businesses are running harmoniously beside the river, giving the people leisure and comfort.
People there may prefer to get on with their work, or to pass the time of day with their neighbors. The elderly like to gather in the pavilion at the head of the bridge, and chat freely and leisurely. While it is raining softly, Wuzhen looks beautiful and romantic. Walking in this water town, you may feel you are have a sense of wandering in a wonderful picture of ancient time.