While we were in Zhujiajiao we took a canal tour through the town.
We were transported by a gondola (a traditional flat-bottomed rowing boat), propelled by a person standing on the front of the gondola. These iconic boats play a major role in public transport in the city.
Our 80 yuan “city ticket” included entrance into 9 sights, and this canal ride. The boat can hold 6 people. While standing in line, we were approached by 4 young Chinese men. They wanted to know if they could join us on our boat. I told that we didn’t mind, because I knew that there would be 6 people on the gondola. I thought that they just wanted to go with us. After chatting to them more, we realized that they hadn’t bought tickets, and they wanted to get on our 6-person boat, at our expense. Free loaders! At that point, we told them that we were not interested. In the end, we only shared with another couple.
Helping us onto the gondola. There I go…
Both onboard and ready for the tour.
It’s easy to see why this area is called ‘Shanghai’s Venice’.
This was a wonderful experience!