You will need a few hours to tour that whole place and travelling time too.
As for this water village,it is worth a visit, and if you are trying to find scenic places and trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai city. It is such a calm place, very beautiful scenery and full of ancient houses and backalleys to explore.
You can take picture anywhere and it will still turn out good. I was told to experience the boat ride. I didn't, as it was too expensive. I just went around the whole place, taking many pictures and enjoying the scenery.
After walking for quite a distance, my stomach was making funny noises. Yes, lunch time. There are quite a few shops that sells lunch, and there is a famous tea that, I was told to try. The places to eat lunch,wooden type houses small restaurant, that are sometimes hidden, then another type is those medium size restaurant and the big restaurants. Checking and comparing the price is important. I decided to go for the medium size restaurant, I wasn't careful and was rip off, the food wasn't amazing, just enough to fill my stomach and keep me going. Then I drank their special tea, it was ok, can't realy taste the difference. hehe.
Below are the photos:
Look at how the water pass through the houses and the trees just complement this whole place. The water relects the traditional houses in an interesting way. Calm and serene!
This old lady who rows the boat, gives you very special treatment... She sings a traditional chinese song as she rows the boat. I noticed that other boats did not have the same treatment.
Isn't it beautiful, I just couldn't stop taking pictures of this water village.