Grand Canal Cruise, Wuxi

grand canal cruise wuxi

Nestled in the heart of Wuxi, the Grand Canal Scenic Area is a captivating journey through history and culture. This enchanting area seamlessly blends traditional water town architecture with authentic ancient residences, forming a unique neighborhood filled with attractions, bars, and restaurants. While the daytime view is charming, it’s the nighttime ambiance that truly steals the show. The glow of lanterns and the illumination of historic houses with their pink walls and black tiles reflect in the tranquil waters of the canal, casting a spellbinding allure over visitors.

Estimated DurationAbout 1 hour
Ticket Price100 RMB
Operating HourPeak Season (1st April – 31st October)
Weekdays: 13.00 – 20.30
Weekends and holidays: 9.00 – 21.00
Off-peak Season (1st November – 31st March)
Weekdays: 13.00 – 20.00
Weekends and holidays: 9.00 – 20.00
Departure TimeDeparting from Grand Canal Park Wharf
Daytime Tour: 14.30
Nighttime Tour: 19.00; 20.15
Additional shift on weekends and holidays: 10.00
Departing from Railway Station Wharf
Daytime Tour: 14.45
Nighttime Tour: 19.15; 20.30
Additional shift on weekends and holidays: 10.15
Telephone Number0086-0510-82820321

Embarking on a cruise from the Nanchan Temple Wharf to the Kua Tang Bridge, you’ll first encounter the chic, imitation antique structures of the Yang Chun Lane commercial district. However, the real essence of the journey lies from Kua Tang Bridge to Qing Ming Bridge, renowned as the “Jiangnan Water Alley and Grand Canal Exclusive Zone.” The sight of the “Grand Canal Ancient Town” archway on the right bank signifies the entrance to a genuine historical district where old houses have been repurposed into charming spaces with waterside views and cozy little terraces.

As you sail past the Dagong Bridge, the right bank unveils the Chinese Silk Industry Museum, a tribute to Wuxi’s rich silk heritage. Beyond the Qing Ming Bridge, on the left bank, lies the Wuxi Kiln Site Ruins Museum, a testament to the city’s ceramic legacy. Further along, you’ll reach the Shuixian Toaist Temple, where you’ll spot the “Tang Shu Liu Yin” archway, marking the end of the neighborhood.

We recommend disembarking at Shuixian Toaist Temple and strolling back to the Nanchan Temple Wharf, where you can explore additional landmarks like the Grand Canal Cultural and Art Museum, Kan Palace Jiu Xi Hui, and the Chinese Silk Industry Museum. If time allows, you can also take a detour to the vibrant Yang Chun Lane for some leisurely shopping.

The Grand Canal Cruise in Wuxi is a mesmerizing voyage that offers a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the region. From the picturesque imitation antique buildings to the immersive historical districts, this cruise promises an unforgettable experience. As the evening descends, and the ancient architecture is aglow with light, the Grand Canal Scenic Area becomes an enchanting spectacle that beckons travelers to immerse themselves in the allure of bygone eras. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the Grand Canal and its unique treasures in Wuxi.

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