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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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  • The title 'Little Venice' is hopelessly over the top. It is the preserved remains of a village sealed off from the rest of the world, which is crossed by a handful of channels. The village is completely tourist developed with local and small businesses long rows of. Nevertheless, the obligatory boat ride on the canals is worth a visit. Impression here already an once everything was like originally. Definitely a huge contrast to the 100 km-distant boom town Shanghai. That is or once was China.
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  • Spread out from Shanghai by car, about an hour from Shanghai City as not to imagine a nostalgic scenery. The ground water and greenery, walks said pitching for more than 100 years ago. Though water is not used as drinking water is now 50 years ago as drinking water or water used was likely. You could try to actually doing the wash in the river. We have to eat dishes using local produce cannot be eaten in the cafeteria located along the River in Shanghai, with soft light and have none, clean room. You could be walking alone, if a tourist souvenir shops for local people, people who actually have to live life seem exciting or fun sightseeing, healed. I think half a day if enough can be tourism.
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  • Worth a visit is the place to be inspired by the wisdom of ancient inhabitants of Tongi Street. Instead of laying the streets (which then need repair and for the carriage of goods on which need horses) were dug channels and instead of carts built boats, thus, the problem of transporting cargoes have been resolved. Along all streets pedestrian streets. In the Centre of the town there is the House-Museum of the wealthy inhabitants, very interesting to visit. Another memorable Museum of drinking water supply in different parts of the city. Along the canals not only restaurants but also hotels, you can spend the night. In the central part of the city, you can buy a ticket on a cruise boat on the canals, lasts about 30 minutes.
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