Xitang is entirely built around channels, following the example other boroughs of the area of the Jiangnan, like Nanxun and Wuzhen. The nine rivers which cross it divide it into eight sectors, connected the ones to the others by 104 bridges. Its many lanes, alleys and roofed passageways, like its old houses, dating for some from the dynasties Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911), confer to a historical and artistic interest any private individual to him.
The economy is mainly based there on the craft industry, although with a less degree than in Wuzhen. The tourist activity is recent there, and the visitors are still as a large majority of the Chinese.
- The Ancient Venetian Township in the South off Yangtze To rivet - Xitang (UNESCO World Heritage)
- Xitang, ancient water borough of Jiangnan (china.org.cn)
- Visit of Xitang (personal pages of quality)
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