The dreamlike town of Wuzhen is one of China’s most charming destinations. A 1,300-year-old water town on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River; it has been restored and rebuilt to match its former splendor. Wuzhen is a national 5A scenic area and one of China’s top ten historical & cultural towns. Located on the Hangzhou-Jiaxing-Huzhou Plain in northern Zhejiang Province, it is at the center of the golden triangle consisting of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. Wuzhen is easily accessible by a number of expressways and national highways.
In 2001, Wuzhen was named as a candidate for UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. At the end of 2006, it was included in the revised List of China’s Candidates for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. In 2009, Wuzhen was named as the first PATA eco-tourism destination in Mainland China.
The ancient Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal flows through the town, which is divided by waterways into four areas: Dongzha, Xizha, Nanzha, and Beizha. Since its foundation in 872 A.D., Wuzhen has never changed its name, location, waterways, or way of life. Its traditional buildings remain intact today even after hundreds of years of weathering.
With the unique combination of modern facilities and traditional culture, Wuzhen is the perfect choice for the permanent venue of the World Internet Conference (WIC). The Wuzhen of the future will not just be a scenic resort town, but a place for the exchange of arts, ideas and performance.