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Escape Suzhou. Eat crab. Why to visit charming Bacheng.

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Updated: 2017-04-17

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While perhaps not the most noted township in Suzhou, Bacheng has its own fame as China’s top spot for crab. In addition to this delectable distinction, the town offers beautiful waterways, a 2,500 year history, art galore, and the cultural heritage of Kunqu Opera, often considered the nation’s oldest.

Located at No 918, Xincheng Road, Kunshan, Bacheng stands on the western side of Yangcheng Lake and it is from these waters that the town’s famed product is drawn.

Yet a visit to Bacheng will leave you with more than simply the succulent taste of crab in your mouth, the well-preserved old town gives visitors a glimpse of an old world water town and a chance to explore an area far less travelled than the well-trod streets of Suzhou.

Just an hour from Suzhou, the town is filled with narrow lanes and features houses modeling classical local architectural features such as white walls, black tiles, and wooden windows.

Escape Suzhou. Eat crab. Why to visit charming Bacheng.

Crabs bred in Bacheng are well-known throughout China. Situated on the western side of Yangcheng Lake, crabs thrive in the area and can grow rather large, such as this one here which is the size of an adult’s palm. [Photo from visitsz.com]

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