Zhouzhuang is well known for its beautiful environment and simple architecture.Although more than 900 years have past,its architectural style is still well preserved.More than 60 percent of the residential houses were built during the Ming (1368-1644)and Qing(1644-1911)dynasties,consisting of nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved brick archways. Like a lotus on the water ,the town is surrounded and bisected by rivers including Nanbeichi ,Houxiang, Youcheyang and Zhongshi . There are many bridges as well, including Fu’an, Zhenfeng, Fuhong, Tong-xiu, Puqing, anyuan, Tiyun, Bao’en, Longxing, Yong’an, Shide, Quangong, Qinglong, Xianhong and Jubao,the most famous being Yong’an and Shide,known as Double Bridge,one a stone arch type and the other a stone beam type bridge.Two rivers crisscross in north-south and east-west directions here,and the square and round openings of the bridges provide a unipue frame for the water scenery. Sitting on the boat,one may enjoying the scene between bridges and feel the interest of a water township which offers a quiet and simple life .When night falls ,all streets are empty. Down the narrow lanes one catches a glimpse of dim lights .Walking by the waterside,along the road or over a bridge ,the peace of the calm water and clear sky, perhaps punctuated oc-casionally by the distant sound of laughter,creates a harmonious and sweet environment.