The water town that we visited was one hour out of shanghai and was very pretty but touristy. Water towns are apparently only found in the south of china and mainly the south west.
This water town was like a maze of different side street and alleys. We had a tour guide for the trip. She was nice but made us go down what seemed like all of the streets. We went into a temple and this old house that had this massive pretty garden which had just been restored.