Watertowns offer an oasis of tranquility

Hu Min
The pandemic lockdown is bringing out a tranquility and beauty rarely seen before in these once-bustling, centuries-old watertowns.
Hu Min
Watertowns offer an oasis of tranquility

Boats dock on the tranquil waters of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

Watertowns in Qingpu have never been as quiet as they are during the latest lockdown.

Aerial shots reveal a unique and beautiful side to these historic treasures rarely seen before.

Liantang Ancient Town was once a bustling commercial hub famous across the Jiangnan region – the area south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It's history dates back more than 1,100 years.

Jiangnan-style homes featuring white walls and black tiles line the waterways and alleys, and six stone bridges built in the Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties are silent witnesses to the vicissitudes of history.

Flowers such as camellia and wisteria growing silently reflect the vitality of spring.

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is a popular tourist destination for its Jiangnan watertown flavor.

During the lockdown, the Fangsheng Bridge is tranquil and boats are docked on the banks of the Caogang River amid a floral sea of color.

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