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Tongli Town

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Address: Wujiang District, Suzhou 215217, China
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Venice of the East.

Tong Li, is a beautiful area with numerous canals and bridges. It is an ancient water town with a vast amount of rural China culture, boat taxis, shops and restaurants. . I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Terry C
Royal City, Washington
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Royal City, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tong Li, is a beautiful area with numerous canals and bridges. It is an ancient water town with a vast amount of rural China culture, boat taxis, shops and restaurants. . I traveled from Shanghai to Tong Li (or Tongli) by car and spent the day touring, eating and drinking the local fare. The town is very low-key and has... More 

Thank Terry C
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was way too touristy. Crowded and expensive and out of the way. It's full of overpriced food and trinkets. Although it was pretty to walk around in.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This is a very serene and quaint 1,000 year old watertown. Do not expect carefully manicured sidewalks and well planned tourist shopping streets. We loved the old buildings, stone pavements, willow trees and bridge over rivers. People are still washing rice by the river and drying vegetables and sausages on the streets. If you like rustic and natural, this is... More 

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

If you are looking for a quiet and more authentic place you might want to go there. It must be crowded during national holidays but during winter it's fine, if you are lucky enough to avoid pollution on the day of your visit. Anyway, nothing close to Venice, so don't expect too much when people say Suzhou is the little... More 

Thank Elodie K
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

The best part about this place? There were hardly any tourists here. This place was so quiet and peaceful. We did the gondola ride through the canals and it was very serene. The whole town is really beautiful and the locals are very nice. There were many vendors around the town selling various food items/bubble tea, etc. There was also... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Very interesting town which takes you back to a simpler time. We visited in December which was very cold but nice and quiet, so allowed for peaceful walks and lots of exquisite photographs. Beautiful, friendly people who seem so happy living in this town and welcoming all these people into their home. The town is very clean with lots of... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I've not been to the other watertowns so I can't compare. But Tongli watertown (or ancient town as the sign says) was really beautiful. Getting there was easy. I just took a bus at the Suzhou Bus Station, which is next to the Suzhou Train Station. At the Tongli Bus Station, I went to the Tourist Information Centre (at the... More 

Thank Stephy2007
Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

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 7 November 2016

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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