Xitang Ancient Town, located in the north of Zhejiang Province, finds itself about 90 kilometers (55.92 miles) from Shanghai and 110 kilometers (68.35 miles) from Hangzhou. Known as one of the top six ancient towns in southern China, the town has a gentle climate, floating rills, ancient bridges and maintains an overall slow-paced lifestyle. Nine rivers converge in this town, dividing it into 8 sections, but all linked together through 27 ancient bridges. Inside the town, there are many well-preserved buildings, all flaunting a highly artistic architecture, that have been constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911).
On Aug 26, the national network media tour in Zhejiang arrived at Xitang ancient town to experience the scenery and culture there. The famous watertown made the United Nations reserve list for World Cultural Heritages in 2001. It was also among the first batch of Historic Towns of China elected in October 2003.