Shaoxing (China)

Shaoxing Travel Guide and Trip Resources


A 2500 years old town you have never heard of

It's a cliché, but we will forgive you for not being aware of the existence of yet another city in China with a population of well over half of New York City. Allow us to introduce Shaoxing: a town located near Hangzhou and about 2 hours by train from Shanghai (easily reached from both cities) that just celebrated its 2500 years birthday.

Shaoxing is a town of canals, bridges, pagodas, ancient houses and feels much like the kind of China you see on old paintings, postcards and documentaries. In a sense similar to also nearby Suzhou, Shaoxing is remarkably less touristic, which is a good thing. In China the town is a household name that is famous for its rice wine (Shàoxīng Huángjiǔ or 绍兴黄酒) and history.

To be fair, the city's size in terms of population may in fact be deceiving as the main areas of tourist activity in Shaoxing are relatively small. They focus is around the old town area (Fushan Park and surroundings) and Jiefang Lu. Like the rest of the region, Shaoxing gets very hot during the summer months and the best time to visit is either during spring or autumn. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Shaoxing is a city in China's region of Zhejiang. It has a population of 4,912,200, is situated at an altitude of 39ft and the best airport to fly into is HGH (Hangzhou, Hangzhou)
  • The currency used in China is the Chinese yuan renminbi (RMB) (CNY)

Other cities in the region (Zhejiang, China)

Hangzhou, Wenzhou

Shaoxing Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

48 50 57 68 77 84 91 91 82 73 63 52

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

2.3 3.4 4.3 4.8 6.5 7.8 5.2 5.3 6 2.4 2.1 1.8

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Top user reviews and comments

  • Shaoxing is a nice getaway from Shanghai or Hangzhou. The old town is quite pretty, though I wouldn't expect to spend more than a day here. Arrive in the morning, leave in the evening. (Anonymous)
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