Wuzhen is located in Tongxiang, north of Zhejiang Province. It lied within a triangle formed by Hangzhou, Shanghai and Suzhou. With the history of over 6,000 years, Wuzhen was once named Wudun and Qingdun. Because the town is divided by a river, the town on the west bank was called Wu and on the east Qing. After liberation, the town on the west bank became the part of Tongxiang County and renamed Wuzhen. Wuzhen is noted as a historical and cultural heritage. Mao Dun, the famous writer in China, was born here in 1896. In Wuzhen, there are some must-sees including Hundred-bed Museum, Folk Customs Museum, Sanbai Alcohol Workshop and Hongyuan Tai Dye House.
With an area of over 1,200 square meters, Hundred-bed Museum is the first museum which collects and displays the ancient beds. You can see many magnificently carved traditional Chinese beds. The whole museum is divided into two halls. The first hall displays the beds of Ming Dynasty which used wooden frames in sample shape and balanced proportion. The second hall exhibits beds of Qing Dynasty. The most precious one among these beds is the Babu Thousand Workday Bed. With very exquisite carvings, this bed was made of boxwood and cost three years to finish it.
Folk Customs Museum was once the house of Jin, a rich family in south of China. The collections here all related with marital, birthday-celebration and general customs and etiquette in south of China. The costumes hall presents the apparel customs of about 100 years ago by the way of photographs, wax figures and authentic clothes during that period. The wedding customs hall displays the happy scene of wedding through the wax figures of bridal, groom, parents and matchmakers. The birth-celebration’s customs hall features the ancient stuffs related with the elders’ birthday. This hall highlights the Chinese tradition of respecting the elders.
Sanbai Alcohol, also named Duta Alcohol, was first brewed in the early Ming Dynasty. The alcohol boasts of its rich scent, mellow smell and silky and smooth mouth feel. So it was on the list of tributes in Ming Dynasty. The now Sanbai Alcohol Workshop is the only place to produce this alcohol.
Hongyuan Tai Dye House was founded in Song Dynasty. Chinese blue calico is world renowned. Hongyuan Tai Dye House is still using the traditional way to make cloth. Here is the best place to witness the painstaking process of how to make Chinese blue calico.
Admission Fee: 150RMB
Open Time: 8:00 – 17:30 (17:00 in winter)