What to do and see in Shaoxing, China: The Best Places and Tips

April 2, 2018 Velvet Champine

Shaoxing ([ʂâuɕíŋ] ( listen); Chinese: 绍兴) is a prefecture-level city on the southern shore of Hangzhou Bay in eastern Zhejiang province, China. It was formerly known as Kuaiji and Shanyin and abbreviated in Chinese as 越 (Yuè) from the area's former inhabitants. Located on the south bank of the Qiantang River estuary, it borders Ningbo to the east, Taizhou to the southeast, Jinhua to the southwest, and Hangzhou to the west. As of 2010, its population was 4,912,339 inhabitants. Among which, 1,914,683 (Keqiao and Yuecheng districts) lived in the built-up metropolitan area of Hangzhou-Shaoxing, with a total of 8,156,154 inhabitants.
Restaurants in Shaoxing

1. Former Residence of Lu Xun, Shaoxing

No.229 Luxunzhong Road, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing 312000, China +86 575 8513 2080
Excellent
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41%
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19%
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4 based on 221 reviews

Former Residence of Lu Xun, Shaoxing

Reviewed By synthiab - Saint-Emilion, France

I didnt know anything about Lu Xun but I loved learning about him and his philosophy and writing. His home is beautiful and traditional and well worth the visit.

2. East Lake of Shaoxing

Yundong Road, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing 312000, China
Excellent
39%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
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4 based on 102 reviews

East Lake of Shaoxing

Reviewed By Raymond W - Chengdu, China

East Lake of Shaoxing is very different from the numerous other lakes and ponds we have seen in China due to its unusual history. This is a lake garden which was created when an abandoned quarry slowly filled up with rainwater. It has gradually been transformed into a unique cultural landscape, with little pavilions with poetic names such as "Chilly Green Pavilion" added.
You can ride past the main 'sights' in picturesque little boats. Alternatively, you can just walk around the grounds and stop in the pavilions or under the trees along the way to admire the view. Entrance costs 40 yuan for pedestrians and 85 yuan per person if you want to catch a boat around the site. Both seem feasible options.

3. Luxun Hometown

Duchang Workshop, Luxun Road, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing 312000, China +86 575 8513 2080
Excellent
46%
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

Luxun Hometown

Reviewed By tombillinge - Cambridge, United Kingdom

This is the same kind of street you find in other Chinese towns. It is sanitized reconstruction that, while nice to look at, has very little to offer that you cannot find elsewhere. It mostly sells calligraphy decorated fans and a few other souvenirs. It is OK, but unless you have a strong interest in the early life of Lu Xun (who only lived there until he was 17) and are visiting his childhood home, there is no need to go there. If you go north a little to where Tishan Bridge is you will find a genuine example of a classic neighbourhood without the commercial stuff that you find at Luxun Lu.

4. Shen Yuan (Shen Garden)

No.318 Luxunzhong Road, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing 312000, China
Excellent
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4 based on 90 reviews

Shen Yuan (Shen Garden)

Reviewed By Raymond W - Chengdu, China

In terms of Shaoxing tourism, it seems that the Lu Xun house is easily the biggest drawcard, but for us, we preferred the Shen Yuan (Shen Garden). This ancient garden is many hundreds of years older than the LuXun Hometown. In fact, archaeological excavation suggests that this was already a garden during the Tang Dynasty, 1000 years ago.
On display is a large lotus-pond surrounded by weathered old timber pavilions. This whole area is a very appealing play to just sit and relax and admire the scenery. There is a second section which has a greenish pond surrounded by willows and elaborate rockeries. This is one of the oldest and most appealiing Jiangnan (south of the Yangtze classical gardens).

5. Orchid Pavilion (Lan Ting)

12.5 km SW of Shaoxing, Shaoxing 312000, China
Excellent
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4 based on 62 reviews

Orchid Pavilion (Lan Ting)

Reviewed By sistema888 - Australia

It is considered one of the most popular tourist spots in Shaoxing, an ancient city in Zhejiang China. A famous Chinese calligrapher by the name of Wang Xi Zhi is one of the attendees in this Orchid Pavilion where he meet up with over 20 calligraphers and poets wherein they finished up goblets of wine whilst writing poems.

6. Shaoxing Keyan Mountain

Yuzhu Village , Yuecheng District, Shaoxing 312000, China
Excellent
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4 based on 46 reviews

Shaoxing Keyan Mountain

Reviewed By neamman - Toronto Canada

A wonderful day. Try to do the walk up the steps rather than the longer but flatter path. Tiring but wonderful scenery once you get to the top, which should take 45 minutes including a breather half way up.
For me this was easily the best attraction in Shaoxing.

7. Luxun Memorial Hall of Shaoxing

No.393 Luxun Middle Road, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing 312000, China
Excellent
39%
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4 based on 42 reviews

Luxun Memorial Hall of Shaoxing

Reviewed By futsanglung - Rotherham, United Kingdom

A modern building with lots of dry exhibits all with only Chinese captions, there are better thing around to see but it is free entry

8. Cangqiao Street

Within the Yuezicheng Historic District, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing 312000, China
Excellent
29%
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4 based on 41 reviews

Cangqiao Street

Reviewed By Leo0575 - Shaoxing

Historical street, only some teahouses and some souvenir stores. Not too long, and seems not so many people come here. Can have some walk or riding rickshaw to enjoy this street, behind the street, there is a canal, so you can have canal's view from those teahouses. You may take a Wupeng-boat through the canal from City Square...

9. Bazi Bridge

East of Baziqiao Street, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing 312000, China
Excellent
36%
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4 based on 29 reviews

Bazi Bridge

Reviewed By Leo0575 - Shaoxing

Not a big area, but there are some old buildings with old people live inside around this area.
There is a Catholic church just near the bridge. Not so many tourist come here, sometimes there are couples have some photos e.g. weeding photos here. Firstly, I did not understand why this bridge could be so famous, then a local old man told me: "This bridge had 4 sides of stairs, and when you saw two of them from each side, it would like the chinese letter of eight (Ba Zi). "

10. Sanwei College of Shaoxing

No.11 Duchangfangkou, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing 312000, China
Excellent
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4 based on 47 reviews

Sanwei College of Shaoxing

Reviewed By SteveCWC - Taiwan

It's located right next to Lu Xun housing complex. You can learn something about how traditional private community school looks like. However, insufficient information is a drawback. Government needs a little bit more work.

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