Known for its idyllic charm and its many buildings and walkways along the water, Jinxi is a world apart from bustling Shanghai, a sleepy town yet to be disrupted by the call of commercial tourism. Much less famous than the much larger water city of Suzhou, Jinxi is interesting for the astounding 26 bridges in the old district and the many small rivers and lakes around which this town has developed.
Because there is little tourist infrastructure, the town retains a Bohemian mentality and gives a more authentic account of China than the chain cafes and restaurants of Shanghai ever will. The attractive vistas are many and rivers encroach upon the buildings and avenues like an Eastern, small town Venice, making this a very cool alternative for an excursion from Shanghai. Located just over an hour's drive west from the big city, we suggest consulting the included website for information on transportation and other sites on interest within the town to really fill out your day trip.