Wuzhen (Chinese 乌镇 镇, Pinyin Wuzhen Zhen) is a large community of 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 place and has an area of ​​67.48 has about 57,200 inhabitants (end of 2010). From Wuzhen 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 since the early 1990s with great expense and supplemented. Among the special attractions of the church today include in particular the two open-air museums: the Museum village west of the center located 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 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 establishment of an adjacent settlement is dated to the year 872nd However, this area was settled at least temporarily before, like 7000 year old finds from the Neolithic period prove that at Tanjiawan - were uncovered - an eastern suburb of Wuzhen.