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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. To visit Tongli Town and other attractions in Suzhou, use our Suzhou trip itinerary builder app .
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  • During my China trip I was visiting 2 water towns. One was Tongli, the other Nanxun. Both are listed as "least" commercial compared to the bigger and more built up ancient towns in the Sozhou area. Bo...  more »
  • Tongli is one of the old water villages in Suzhou and perhaps is the one nearest to the city centre. If you take a car the trip will take around one hour. Quite like many old heritages in China it is ...  more »
  • Small town on channels with lots of shopping streets. Ride in a boat on the canals. A lot of people. Plenty of restaurants. Souvenirs of this Venice of China. Parking for bus and it goes to the heart of the city in an electric car.
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