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“Very romantic”
Review of Tongli Town

Tongli Town
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Private Tour: Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai
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Tongli Water Town Visit and Courtyard Lifestyle Experience at Jinze Water...
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Private Day Trip to Tongli Water Town and Tuisi Garden from Shanghai
Ranked #3 of 353 things to do in Suzhou
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

After 5 p.m. you can walk into the old town without paying the 100 Yuan admission fee and just stroll around the streets, bridges and canals, then eventually have supper at a canal-side cafe. Slightly overpriced, but very atmospheric.

Spend the night and next morning buy a ticket so you can enter the various gardens and attractions. After having been in Shanghai and Suzhou, it was refreshing to get out of the big-city bustle.

Would have been a huge pity to just come here on a day tour. It's so quiet at night and in the early morning. The air seemed clean and fresh. (There were a few mosquitoes, but not many.)

Lots of small, hip shops for buying souvenirs and women's clothes. Unfortunately I'm a guy, and was traveling alone. A very romantic place, especially in the evening.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We loved staying in Tongli- it is so peaceful, especially in the early morning and evening, when the day visitors are not around. The Pearl Tower gardens were our favourite spot to visit. Wandering through the quiet alleys off the tourist routes was also lovely, as was going on a gondola on the canals. Eating supper on the edge of the water was magical. If you are going to visit Tongli I would recommend staying overnight for at least one night.

Practical tip: We arrived by bus from Suzhou- if you buy the Tongli ticket (which one has to do- RMB100 pp) then you save the bus fare.

1  Thank HollyJoyW
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

It was lovely to see Tongli water town, sort of like a Chinese version of Venice with canals running through and beautiful wooden boats, some complete with cormorants for fishing. It was such a contrast to the craziness of Beijing and Shanghai and gave us a glimpse of how life would have been many years ago. Now of course, there are several cafes set up along the canals and many shops but we still managed to have lunch in a traditional restaurant that was over 100 years old.

Thank GourmetTravellers
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Tongli was an absolute hightlight of our trip to China. While Shanghai was wonderful, and Beijing interesting, Tongli gave us a feel for how the Chinese used to live - in small communities full of character and charm.Arriving at night, and having no idea where to find the our accommodation, we were approached by a local lady who took us through the dark alleyways, across bridges to the Wanshun Guest House, and would not accept payment. Our hosts were very welcoming and the room overlooking the canal simple but charming. In our quest for sustenance, we discovered, directly across the canal, an architect designed tea house that was in complete contrast to the rest of the town - we were a little perplexed, but very grateful, for its existence as the coffee, biscuits and soup were excellent!! Early the following morning we were able to see the villagers going about their business before the tourists arrived, and we were pleased to have been there in the off season because it could get quite busy.

Thank deh56
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

There are many water-towns in the nearby of Suzhou and Shanghai, and all of them have their own flavor. This was my fourth water town to visit. Probably the channels are not the most beautiful, though I went in winter(February). But the sites in the town are great. Chen Qubing former residence is great and in very good shape. Songshiwu and Gufeng garden are really nice places, although not very green at winter. But the inner ponds and the constructions are a very nice landscape to take good pictures. Chongben Hall is nice too. Not a lot a shops to buy handy crafts but it is not very crowded. Yo need to have a good map otherwise you get lost very easily. I missed the Sex Cultural museum(closed at 5 PM) but you shall not miss the really beautiful alleys between the channels.

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