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Zhouzhuang or Tongli?

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Zhouzhuang or Tongli?

I have only a day. I'd like to take the train from Nanjing to Suzhou, see the Humble Adminstrator's Garden, then see a water town, before taking an early evening train back to Nanjing. Is one more beautiful than the others Does anyone have advice on how to do it? I was planning to take a taxi form Suzhou to Zhouzhuang or Tongli, but someone mentioned a ferry(?) Any must-see places I am missing?

Thank you!

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1. Re: Zhouzhuang or Tongli?

Hello lisaman...

I think tongli is closer than zhouzhuang

you can read my post in tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g297442-i10446-k65…

if you used taxi, it's faster

i spent 4 hours there, but i didn't enter the sex museum and just walking around (not using the boat)

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2. Re: Zhouzhuang or Tongli?

Tongli is a 40-minute drive from Suzhou while Zhouzhuang is about 70 minutes away. Prefer Tongli as it is closer and also offers more to visit than Zhouzhuang. Taxi is advised.

For a day trip, one or two spots in Suzhou and a water town are enough. Try to finish the water town first , then back to suzhou for the spots so as to better catch the train to Nanjing.

You can see the Suzhou options here: tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g297442-Activiti…

Edited: 4:17 am, March 07, 2014
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3. Re: Zhouzhuang or Tongli?

I suggest you go to Tongli.

Zhouzhuang is the first few water towns developed 20 years ago, it was so peaceful and beautiful those days. But now it is very commercialized, crowed, noisy. It seems everything has been changed.

So I recommend you go to Tongli. It is as beautiful as Zhouzhuang, but more quiet, hopefully you can experience the real local life there.

Wish you pleasant trip there.

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4. Re: Zhouzhuang or Tongli?

Tongli definitely. I also agree with the above advice to go first to Tongli then come back and do Humble Administrator's Garden which usually isn't quite as crowded in the afternoon...and isn't far from the Suzhou rail station.

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