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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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  • August 10, 2017
    Along the channels, gliding with a boat, in such a peaceful silence, we are glad to forget the noise of the cities we have been to in the other days. We had lunch in an one hundred years old tea house...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This little village, about 20 kilometers from Suzhou and about forty from Shangai, worth a visit as much of mobility is based, at least in a certain area, the water channels running through it. His is a context where water is the host and where a romantic boat ride (inter alia, powered by a single oar as our Venetian gondolas) allows to capture perspectives from an unusual perspective, and it does not matter if now many tints were deliberately loaded for use by tourists, just look a little further and try what's left and it's not cheap, the ancient atmosphere.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Traditional village houses & willows by the canals, historic towers & mansions, cleverly-designed gardens – Tong Li ancient town offers enough to keep you here all day. My only regret is that the plac...  more »

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