Add:Jinxi Town, Kunshan, Jiangsu
Jinxi is a water village in Kunshan, with more than 2,500 years of history. People who have visited Zhouzhuang Town and Wuzhen Town might feel not so good for there are too many visitors, while the quietness of this old town will certainly leave them a deep impression after their visit.
Jinxi used to be called Chen's Tomb. When the Emperor Zhao Shen's concubine in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) surnamed Chen died in the town, the emperor had her buried in a small island. Opposite the island he had a temple established on the bank of the Wubao Lake and named the town Chen's Tomb.
In Chinese, "jin" means brocade while "xi" means brook. There is a small river going through the town, which is as beautiful as brocade on the sunshine days. That's way the locals like to rename their hometown "Jinxi".
Jinxi exudes an atmosphere of simplicity and quietness. Boats are available for the visitors. People can enjoy the songs sung by the girls on the boat and watch the scenery along the river.
How to drive there: Exit at the Kunshan exit from Huning Highway (G42) and then head for Zhangpu on the Kunzhou Highway. It is about 50 minutes' drive from Shanghai.