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Tongli Town, Suzhou
(4.4/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Originally named Futu, Tongli Town holds the title as one of China's best-preserved water towns with millennia-old history. Explore the venerable streets where poets, painters, and scholars gathered to contribute to the nation's culture. Situated between five lakes and fifteen rivers, the ancient stone bridges connect different parts of the island town, and each bears a poetic name. As you walk through the alleys, inspect the ancient architecture built between the rule of Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). Visit the spectacular gardens known for their harmonious and compact design. Using our international travel planner, Suzhou attractions like Tongli Town can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It was quite a surprising discovery from my visit to this ancient town. You can still see the residents washing their clothes in the waterways, the old houses still intact. Though most of the old ruin...  more »
  • Tongli is as old as Venice, and there are the calm and serenity. A trip in a timeless China, rebuilt or maintained, we leave room for doubt, but the people are nice and happy to see you come to visit. It feels safe and Tongli is a great step between Suzhou and Shanghai.
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  • very beautiful water village but quite commercialized (which Chinese tourist spots aren't these days?), it is fame for its many ancient stone bridges connecting the entire village- many of which are s...  more »