Photographer's Note

Xitan is a delightful place to visit, not as touristy touristy as those other water towns like than Zhouzhuang and it’s difficult to find any information about it.

But it was the ambience of the place the appealed to me the most; it had a certain charm and uniqueness that the other water towns that I had visited seem to lack. And whilst Zhouzhuang appeard to be still much as it was when it was established nine-hundred-years ago, it didn’t have the right feel and in many ways it felt a bit like a movie set.

But in Xitan you really felt like you were stepping back in time. For one thing, people didn’t just work there, they actually lived there. Wandering around the town you would see women doing their laundry in the canal – although I did wonder whether their clothes would have been cleaner before they were immersed into the canal than after. But I guess that’s the way people of Xitan had been doing it for hundreds of years.

Xitan is a town is quite small and you can walk right around it in little over an hour – I walked round the place three times – with my camera of course. In this scene a caught one of the local storekeepers doing her daily chores. My little hotel had running water but I guess her tiny store did not.

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