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Tongli Town, Suzhou

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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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The range of accommodations available in Suzhou reflects the diversity of architectural styles and historical periods on display throughout the city. Crossed by countless canals, the city's most atmospheric accommodations lie close to the knotted waterways, with modest guesthouses and hotels on the lesser waterways, and more luxurious options located in the more scenic canal areas. A wealth of modern development has left the city dotted with high-rise hotels, with the tall tower blocks offering rooms with an abundance of extra facilities and views over the city.
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  • 1 hour drive from Suzhou and it is a bit touristy but a must to see. Take your time to walk around, take a boat trip, have a lunch in one of the resturants at the canals, visit some old historical hou...  more »
  • It was a nice experience for my friends and myself. 2 hours far from Shanghai by the car, strongly recommendable place for the tourist.  more »
  • We visited Tongli on a day trip from Shanghai. We took a taxi from Suzhou railway station (100 RMB one way) in order to save time and energy for the watertown itself. We walked the streets plus visite...  more »