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Tongli Town

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Address: Wujiang District, Suzhou 215217, China
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Phone Number: +86 512 6331 1140
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One of nice water towns near Suzhou

A charming canal town not far from Suzhou and close to the Grand canal. Nice bridges, a lot of restaurants and shops

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A charming canal town not far from Suzhou and close to the Grand canal. Nice bridges, a lot of restaurants and shops

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were impressed by Tongli. We visited two gardens, one old, the other quite recent, both impressive. The town is criss-crossed by small canals which add to the interest, especially up close and personal with the cormorant fishers.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 ruins and building have been renovated, you can still see some old parts of it. Definitely a different part of China to explore besides the... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 still in excellent conditions and heavily used by the locals. i stayed overnight at a hotel there and it was great to sit by the (dirty) canal, and watched... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Whilst might think its a tourist place, the butcher, baker and clothing shops etc remind one that hundreds of families live and shop around the town oblivious of the bus parking area! The Tea House has safe food and drinks, as well as being a very old quaint building. If you have a day out of Shanghai its a good... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This was a picturesque water village, with a sight-seeing gondola ride through the canals. Great lunch upstairs at the tea house

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This is a great location to see the life style of the traditional inhabitants. It is known as the Venice of the East. It has a canal which one can enjoy from boats for hire. We strolled through the streets of the community and enjoyed the atmosphere of the town. There are many restaurants at the canal side and it... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We visited 'the Venice of the East' on a wet day in October. It was fun to wander around and we had a lovely lunch outside watching the locals. Well worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Everywhere in and around Suzhou is so built up, that this area allows a flavour of how,things used to be as does the centre of old Suzhou. Tongli Town is a touristic area with many restaurants and little shops. It was drizzly when we visited which meant there were few tourists, which was a bonus. Went on a canal boat... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Tongli is known as the Venice of the East with its own version of gondolas as well as bicycle powered rickshaws. Very peaceful. Souvenir and regular markets. This is a walking attraction.

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