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Tongli Town

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Wujiang District, Suzhou 215217, China
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Old area, with old buildings to visit. Communist China history. Lots of restaurants, however I question the sanitary level. Most you sit along what looks like a dirty canal to eat. I’ll pass. Tourist oriented. Odd smells from the food served.

Thank George H
Reviewed 5 days ago

As strange as it may sound I do not recommend going to Tongli Town instead of spending more time in Suzhou or Shanghai. Although you MUST visit a garden during your stay in China, you will find much better places in Suzhou. Tongli Town was...More

Thank Aleph_999
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately what was once probably a beautiful ancient Canal town has now been converted into a Disney carnival theme park. It is totally full off souvenir shops Iva price restaurants and other tourist venues. We are so disappointed that we came here. The whole town...More

Thank Rodney A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing beautiful. It really is worth 100 rmb. The place offers a lot of gift shops, restaurants, and snack vendors. It also offers boat ride for 90 rmb per boat. The best part is a costumes dress up picture offer by tongli vendors . The...More

Thank angryduck113
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

I will let the photos do the talking. On that note, I would recommend reaching there early in the morning to avoid the crowds, as the tourists, particularly the tour groups, start coming in droves after 12pm. Making a day trip from Shanghai to Tongli...More

1  Thank amelia_leeston
Reviewed September 1, 2018

It is advertised as the venice of the orient/east. It's truly pretty. If you have been to Hoi An in Vietnam, there is some similarity with the water and the proliferation of red lanterns. After lunch, we meandered around the small shops, obligatory boat ride...More

Thank Perthluv2travel
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

We took the 6:47 G trains from Shanghai, it took 33minutes to reach Suzhuobhei station. We had breakfast at Starbucks. Was reading prior departure to take the bus to Tongli but since we couldn’t locate the bus though there was a bus station, went there...More

Thank Experience204621
Reviewed August 22, 2018

Very recommendable old chinese water town great atmosphere, still many old building which aren't so perfect mixed with very well restored buildings. Many good restaurants with reasonable pricing. Best time is in the morning from 06:00 to 10:00 - its very quiet and only locals...More

Thank sauraumpfa
Reviewed August 19, 2018

WOW, what a beautiful place! Tongli is beautiful, relatively unmodernized, and surprisingly devoid of hordes of tourists. I'll attach some photos and let those images speak for themselves. Before our visit, we had considered visiting some of the other water towns including Zhujiajiao. Jolin, our...More

2  Thank Spectre68
Reviewed August 14, 2018

The Tongli Town in the afternoon is quite bustling with people and quite touristy to say the least. Its surely quite popular, but we preferred the Xitang ancient water village in comparison.

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February 28, 2018|
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Response from YKLDon | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it depends how much you want to see in Suzhou, that will decide how long you would stay. I would stay a night or 2 as visiting the water town would take up about 5-6 hours and some of the tourist places will close by... More
September 21, 2017|
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Response from Jenni L | Reviewed this property |
Take line 4 all the way to Tongli, exit 2, and you can pay to get a bus into the ancient town. The 90 RMB bus fare covers the town's entry fee (normally 100 RMB, I believe) and gets you into several of the museums in the... More
March 8, 2017|
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Response from Brian C | Reviewed this property |
I was able to tale the bus to Tongli (I stayed at the Crowne Plaza - taxi to north station). Once at station took a bus to Tongli. The only bad was returning bus left at 3 - at least then (last August). Still about 5 hrs... More