Being on the water in Wuzhen is a whole new experience. We have visited a lot of different places in China, but today we got to experience life on a river in the old architecture of Wuzhen. The buildings are the river walls and there are stairs going to the water everywhere. I saw an abundance of people washing dishes and clothes in the, what looked to be, very dirty water in Wuzhen. The community around the water is very welcoming, but the living amenities didn’t seem extravagant. The houses seemed quite small and the transportation throughout the community, like sidewalks/roadways were very thin. It was hard to not get run over by a bike today.
My favorite part of today was riding in the first boat right when we walked into the tourism area. Eight of us got on and paid 10 Yuan each to take the boat to the other end of the area. It was a really unique view of the city from the water and I really enjoyed the experience. I love the old wooden boat driven by one person with one paddle. You just don’t see things like that in the USA. I really like the area and am enjoying the new feel of China from the water!!