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Address: Wujiang 215217, China
Phone Number: 0512-63311140,0512-63331140
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Do Not Miss This Gorgeous Old Town!

From an unforgettable gondola ride down the narrow canal, to the rustic shops, this water town is not to be missed! Be warned, the locals sometimes do not want their photo taken... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Terrace, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

From an unforgettable gondola ride down the narrow canal, to the rustic shops, this water town is not to be missed! Be warned, the locals sometimes do not want their photo taken without permission - be respectful. Look for the man with the cormorants on his boat - I paid a small amount to hole one on a pole and... More 

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Merseyside
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

If you are in the Shanghai then try to visit Tongli. It is a wonderful old town criss-crossed by canals and located around 20 miles from Suzhou (which itself is only 30 minutes on the bullet train from Shanghai).

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South Florida
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155 reviews 155 reviews
111 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It is a beautiful town along several canals. It has retained its classical charm and it feels like you are walking around in the past. There are many interesting shops and restaurants there; but we weren't there during lunch time, so we missed out. We had to take a shuttle into the town, since cars are not allowed to drive... More 

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Santa Paula, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

One of the most memorable places I have visited in China (and I am going there every year since 20 years). A couple of practical information: 1. Best transportation is from Suzhou railway station. Buses depart from the North side of the station, so take the "North" exit. It takes 1h to reach Tongli by bus and 45min. by taxi... More 

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Shanghai, China
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

there is so many ancient water town around Zhejiang provience. You might find these water towns are almost the same, but they are not. Like Tongli town, it has it's own story, a beautiful lady was in love with a poor scholor, but been rejected by her rich snobbish parents. Finally the man got a high rank in the capital... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We visited Tongli on the way back to Shanghai from Suzhou. Was a lovely little town. The gondola ride was pleasant. It was raining so they had the boats covered with rain blocks which was much appreciate.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

About 1.5 hrs drive from Pudong. The old water town is well preserved and clean. I was a little afraid to visit this 1000 years old water town on a Sunday but to my surprise it was not crowded and on top not to commercialized (yet).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went for a day trip while we were staying in Suzhou. Was really nice to see a different side of China- it is so different to many areas in Suzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. There is a lot to do- we went on a boat ride on the canal which was really pleasant. Worth a visit

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Gresham, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We were only in Suzhou a few days so we ended up having to choose between Tongli and the Grand Canal in Suzhou. After much deliberation and reading we chose to take a short day trip to Tongli. It was about a 45 minute drive (18 kilometers or so) from our hotel in ancient town Suzhou give or take. Granted... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Tongli was one of three water towns I visited from Shanghai, the others being Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. It was easily the quietest, most atmospheric, and enjoyable. I took a local bus, a small adventure in itself, from Suzhou, and Tongli is well worth the trip. Come during the week if you can, when it's less crowded. Pay the small fee,... More 

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