Wuzhen Water Town (乌镇, part of Tongxiang, located in the north of Zhejiang Province), also called the Venice of the East, is one of six ancient and preserved towns in the southern region of the Yangtze River.
As it is an ancient preserved town, there are no major hotels anywhere within the city walls, which is actually a good thing. The best way to experience authentic Chinese hospitality and also the best way to spend a couple of nights in Wuzhen is by staying in a room provided by the local people living in the tiny houses along the canals. It is essentially a home stay where a local family invites you into their home and you get to sleep in their guest bedroom.
Breakfast in the morning is then shared with the family in their living room. In our case, this was wonton soup and coffee, and it seemed like all of our family (dad, mother, grandmother, and the kids) were concerned about our well-being and made sure that we enjoyed our stay very much. They made it an unforgettable two days there, and I regretted once more that my lack of Chinese language skills prohibited me from a good conversation with our hosts.