Location: [嘉兴市桐乡市] Tongxiang City, Jiaxing, Zhejiang
Typology: Water town Scale: 3sqkm (Protected area) Contracting authority: Tongxiang local authorities Main Stakeholders: Tongji University, local craftmen, inhabitants Year: 1999
This ancient town, dating from the Tang dynasty, has a rich cultural heritage. Left behind other water towns such as Tongli and Zhouzhuang in terms of touristic interest, protection plans have been set later, after 1998. On the demand of the leaders of Tongxiang, a plan to protect the old street and the traditional shops has been established. It pays attention to the renovation of the front-houses while bringing modern amenities to all inhabitants. The town seems now to be attracting more visitors and catching up the other water towns.