10 Historic Canal Towns to Visit That Aren’t Venice

Venice might be the most famous town to feature picturesque waterways, but beautiful canals can be found all over the globe

Annecy is known as the Venice of Savoie, a region in France. (© Simon Harris/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis)

Tai'erzhuang, Shandong Province, China

Tai'erzhuang is an ancient Chinese city that was first settled during the Han dynasty, between 206 and 220 AD, and thrived as a trading hub during the Ming and Qing dynasties. In 2009, the local government invested almost $750 million (in U.S. dollars) to revitalize the area, making it a picturesque destination for tourists looking to explore one of China's water towns —its close proximity to Beijing makes it an easy day trip. The ancient town is small, but offers visitors picturesque canals, as well as traditional temples and modern museums.


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