Wuzhen (Chinese乌镇 镇, Pinyin Wuzhen Zhen ) is a large village the independent city Tongxiang, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. It is located about 120 km southwest of the city center of Shanghai, about halfway between Suzhou and Hangzhou. The site has an area of ​​67.48 km ² and has about 57,200 inhabitants ( end of 2010). Wuzhen From the writer Mao Dun, whose former home is open as a museum came from.

Wuzhen is located on the Grand Canal, which connects Beijing with Hangzhou, and is crossed from north to south from Shi River. Numerous other waterways run through the city, whose historic buildings have been restored and expanded since the early 1990s, with great expense. One of the special attractions of the church today include, in particular, the two open-air museums: the museum village west of the center points of Wuzhen Xizha and the closer to the city area Dongzha.

Wuzhen was proposed in 2008 by the PRC for inclusion in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Wuzhen is also one of the famous Six old large communities Jiangnans (江南 六大 古镇).

The story Wuzhens dates back to the year 860, the year a military fortress at this location; the creation of an adjacent settlement is dated to the year 872. However, this area was inhabited at least temporarily, before, like 7000 years old finds from the Neolithic period show that at Tanjiawan - have been uncovered - an eastern suburb of Wuzhen.

Administrative Divisions

Wuzhen is composed of three residential communities and 17 villages. These are: