We visited Wuzhen Water Town, nicknamed the ‘Venice of the East’ as we travelled from Hangzhou and Suzhou (more on these great garden cities coming up) to Shanghai. Wuzhen is a 6,000 year old water town built along the tributaries of the Yangtze River. Bridges, stone pathways, and ancient carvings abound in this authentic ancient village with ancient Artisan workshops which continue today. I felt as though I was in a Chinese ink wash drawing. China is well known for its indigo blue patterned textiles that are made from bluegrass and other plants such as mulberry, tea, bark and tallow leaves. Wuzhen was the original manufacturing town of the famous patterned indigo blue textiles which you see here in the photo. During the Song and Yuan Dynasties (960-1468), the indigo blue fabrics were the most sought after blue fabrics in the world. Today, the all natural dyehouse produces the finest indigo blue cloth depicting folk life and traditions to be found.