I took the 25th off yesterday and went with my friends to Zhujiajiao (朱家角), a canal/water town about an hours bus ride out of Shanghai. There are a bunch of old canal towns within 2/3 hours bus from Shanghai, some in the city’s jurisdiction (such as Zhujiajiao) and others in neighbouring provinces. Largly built during the 1700s and some much older and newer, they’re part or (or related to?) of the old Grand Canal. The best part about these old water towns is that they by and large preserve the feel of an old Chinese city, unlike Shanghai or Beijing.
The weather wasn’t that great, but I did manage to get a few good pictures while there.