Chinese Lattice in Zhouzhuang

 

Zhouzhuang shop building

Zhouzhuang shop building

At 900 years old, the township of Zhouzhuang is China’s best preserved water town. It is located 30km southeast of Suzhou in Kunshan city. Dubbed the “Venice of the East” the rivers and streams are spanned by 14 stone bridges constructed in the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.
There are many wonderful examples of original Chinese lattice work throughout the picturesque town. The main road leading from the new to the old town has many buildings which have lattice decoration and balustrades.

Lattice decoration

Lattice decoration

Here is another example of lattice decoration in Zhouzhuang. It’s unfortunate that the balustrade in this case is made from very Western looking turned wood staircase spindles. It spoils an otherwise charming scene.

A charming Zhouzhuang residence

A charming Zhouzhuang residence

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