Zhouzhuang Language and Culture Learning Resources

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周庄 (Zhōuzhuāng): a “water village” located among several lakes between Shanghai and Suzhou; built among a network of canals, it contains traditional architecture from the Ming Dynasty (明朝, Míng Cháo, 1368-1644 CE) and Qing Dynasty (清朝, Qīng Cháo, 1644-1911 CE)

Zhouzhuang Town

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周庄镇 (Zhōuzhuāng Zhèn): Zhouzhuang Town, the full name of Zhouzhuang

  • 江苏省 (Jiāngsū Shěng)
    Jiangsu Province, the province in which Zhouzhuang and the nearby city of Suzhou are located
A tree-lined canal in Zhouzhuang (周庄), China
A Zhouzhuang canal
(photo by Chen Zhao)
  • 双桥 (Shuāng Qiáo)
    Twin Bridges, a famous pair of bridges in Zhouzhuang
  • 永安桥 (Yǒng’ān Qiáo)
    Yong’an Bridge (literally, “Bridge of Everlasting Peace”), one of the Twin Bridges
  • 世德桥 (Shìdé Qiáo)
    Shide Bridge (literally, “Bridge of Earthly Virtue”), one of the Twin Bridges
  • 富安桥 (Fù Ān Qiáo)
    Fu’an Bridge (literally, “Bridge of Wealth and Peace”)
  • 沈厅 (Shěn Tīng)
    Shen House, a residential compound covering half an acre and containing more than 100 rooms; built in 1742 by Shen Wansan (沈万三, Shěn Wànsān), known as the first millionaire in the Jiangnan region
  • 张厅 (Zhāng Tīng)
    Zhang House, a residential compound built in the Ming Dynasty containing more than 70 rooms
  • 澄虚道院 (Chéng Xū Dàoyuàn)
    Chengxu Taoist Temple (literally, “Taoist Monastery of Clarity and Emptiness”), a Taoist temple originally built more than 900 years ago during the Song Dynasty (宋朝, Sòng Cháo, 960-1279 CE)
Gondolas pass between close-set houses on a canal in Zhouzhuang, China
Gondolas pass between houses
(photo by Chen Zhao)
  • 全福寺 (Quánfú Sì)
    Quanfu Temple, a 100-foot tall temple with an observation area from which visitors can look out over the entire village
  • 南湖 (Nán Hú)
    South Lake, a scenic lake on the south side of Zhouzhuang
  • 迷楼 (Mí Lóu)
    Mi Tower or Milou Tower (literally, “Enchanting Tower”), a gathering place of the literati in ancient times
  • 贞丰桥 (Zhēnfēng Qiáo)
    Zhenfeng Bridge (literally, “Bridge of Chaste Beauty”)
  • 贞丰街 (Zhēnfēng Jiē)
    Zhenfeng Street, a pedestrian street lined with shops featuring traditional local handicrafts like paper cutting, straw weaving, and clay sculpting
Water Village-Related Words

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江南 (Jiāngnán): Jiangnan (literally, “south of the river”), the region just south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River; this area contains many water villages that are known as “江南水乡”

水乡 (shuǐxiāng): water village, water township, canal town

水道 (shuǐdào): small canal or waterway as in a 水乡; can also refer to an aqueduct or sewer

运河 (yùnhé): canal; usually refers to larger canals used for transporting goods

摇船 (yáo chuán): to scull or row a gondola-like boat (“row/scull” + “boat”)

摇橹 (yáolǔ): to scull or row

摇橹船 (yáolǔchuán): a scull or gondola; a small rowboat with an oar mounted at the stern

民歌 (mín’gē): folk song; gondoliers in Chinese water villages often sing songs for their passengers

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