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Civil residences south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River are famous for fresh and elegant styles and distinctive features.The ancient town of Xitang is a typical example of these dwellings.
Xitang is located in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, between Shanghai and Hangzhou.Though small in size, this ancient town boasts a long history. It was first built in the Spring and Autumn Period , at the border between the states of Wu and Yue. The present layout had already taken place before the Song Dynasty, and the famous Wangxian Bridge is a legacy of the Song. By the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Xitang had become a renowned trade center for farm products, silks and ceramics, all produced in the surrounding areas and famous throughout the country.
Xitang is situated on the shores of Taihu Lake, with the Great Canal passing by it. There are nine winding rivers intersecting the town into eight blocks.Each house is located facing a river, as are the shops. Xitang people row small boats along the rivers to their destinations, instead of walking on foot through streets and lanes.Weeping willows and colorful flowers grow along the riverbanks, and flocks of water birds and white geese play on the water dotted with plants of floatingheart. Several hundred ancient bridages of different shaps and sizes arch over the rivers like crescent moons. Famous bridages include the Wufu, Wolong, Huanxiu, and Songzilaifeng bridages.Walking on the bridages is like walking along streets of the heavens. 

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    It takes about two hours and a half to drive from Shanghai to Mogan Mountain. Winter is a good season to enjoy the Thoreau-style life in Mogan Mountain as the crystal cold air and few visitors contribute to the tranquility. 
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    When going inside the room, you will feel the enchanting warm air from the fireplace. Those who have ever stayed in luxury hotels shall be attracted by some details here. For instance, there is some pleasant aroma indoors. It may come from the oak floor, the furniture or the good wine in the cellar. The quality furnishing and decoration make people feel comfortable and natural.

    How to Get There:
    If you are in Hangzhou, you can take a direct coach to Mogan Mountain at the North Bus Station. The journey takes about one hour. If you are in Shanghai, you can take a train to Hangzhou first, or take a coach to Huzhou from the Old North Bus Station or the New Passenger Station. With a total journey time of two to three hours, you can get off at Mogan Mountain Stop.

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