Jiaxing

Travel Guide
Jiaxing featuring a park
Explore the water towns of this city criss-crossed with canals, stone bridges and cobbled streets. Learn about its links with textiles and the Communist Party of China.

With a name that translates roughly as "auspiciously flourishing", Jiaxing has a lot to live up to. Featuring a trio of ancient water towns, a long tradition in silk and textile manufacture and scenic lakeside ruins, this captivating city doesn’t disappoint.

For centuries Jiaxing has been known as the "heart of the land of fish and rice". The city’s position on China’s Grand Canal, linking it to Beijing and Hangzhou, only bolstered the town’s prosperity. At its peak, Jiaxing was known as the “hometown of silk” and travellers today can still pick up fine blue calicos and silks.

Jiaxing’s most remarkable asset is its trio of ancient water towns, where cobblestone lanes, arched bridges and proud craft traditions provide a window back in time. Wander the winding lanes of Xitang Water Town and watch the sun set across a sea of tiled roofs. At Nanxun Water Town, admire the Mansion of One Hundred Rooms, a long row of centuries-old, white-walled tenements stretching far along either side of a canal.

Wuzhen Water Town is known for its wooden-framed houses, Ming and Qing dynasty bridges and ancient looms which are still in use today. Stop for tea at the Fanglu Teahouse, named after a legendary Tang dynasty poet who devoted his life to all things tea.

Jiaxing is an important site in the birth of the Communist Party of China. It was on a boat on the city’s South Lake that the party’s constitution was issued in 1921. Today the lake is a lovely place to tour by boat. Explore the lake’s banks to see local birdlife, Ming dynasty ruins and the Revolutionary Memorial Hall.

The drive to Jiaxing from Shanghai International Airport can take up to 2 hours. The water towns are easily accessible from Jiaxing by bus or car and are best explored on foot. Consider visiting Jiaxing in spring or autumn when the town hosts a range of festivals, such as the Jiaxing South Yangtze River Culture Festival held from October to November.

Where to stay in Jiaxing

Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Jiaxing
Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Jiaxing
4.5 out of 5
688 Ju Xian Road, Xiu Zhou District, Jiaxing, Zhejiang
The price is S$87 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
S$87
per night
6 Oct - 7 Oct
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Jiaxing. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Popular attractions Shijiuyang Wetland and Jiangnan Mall are ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (115 reviews)
Double Tree Jiaxing
"I stay here regularly for business. It’s the best choice in jiaxing for westerners regarding comfort, food and service. Good breakfast buffet."

Reviewed on 24 Jul,2019

Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Jiaxing
Hilton Jiaxing
Hilton Jiaxing
4 out of 5
No. 969 Yundong Road, Nanhu District, Jiaxing, Zhejiang
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$104 per night from 8 Oct to 9 Oct
S$104
per night
8 Oct - 9 Oct
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Jiaxing. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants, and breakfast. Popular attractions Wanda Plaza Nanhu and South Lake are ...
Hilton Jiaxing
Alila Wuzhen, Zhejiang
Alila Wuzhen, Zhejiang
4 out of 5
No. 939, Ziye East Road, Wuzhen Township, Jiaxing, Zhejiang
The price is S$393 per night from 7 Oct to 8 Oct
S$393
per night
7 Oct - 8 Oct
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Jiaxing. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Wuzhen Scenic Area and Nanxun Town History Museum ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (12 reviews)
"The room has a musky and moldy bad smell. TV was not working properly. Did mention to staff about the smell, they offered 2 other rooms and all were equally smelly. Took one that I thought smell the least but turns out the whole night it just got worst. Sheets were very moist, so uncomfortable and ..."

Reviewed on 17 Sep,2023

Alila Wuzhen, Zhejiang
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Citadines Intime City Hangzhou
Citadines Intime City Hangzhou
4 out of 5
Block 4, Intime City, 380 Fengtan Road, Gongshu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Hangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the property condition in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
9/10 Wonderful! (58 reviews)
"Great location. A shopping mall right beside it. Was extremely convenient. Loved the hotel."

Reviewed on 25 Nov,2020

Citadines Intime City Hangzhou
SongTang Homestay
SongTang Homestay
3 out of 5
No. 1508 Ziye Road, Jiaxing, Zhejiang
Stay at this 3-star villa in Jiaxing. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 7 restaurants. Popular attractions Wuzhen Scenic Area and Hongshancun Scenic Spot are ...
SongTang Homestay
Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
4.5 out of 5
No 28 Jiaogong Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Yellow Dragon Sports Center and Huanglong ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (275 reviews)
"We have stayed here numerous times and it is our home base in Hangzhou."

Reviewed on 13 Jul,2023

Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.