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Tongli after dark? stay overnight or return to Suzhou

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Tongli after dark? stay overnight or return to Suzhou

We like the idea of seeing Tongli in the evening when it is quieter and lit up but it looks like it may be preferable to stay overnight in Suzhou. How late can you leave Tongli town safely by taxi to Suzhou?

Can anyone recommend good accommodation in Tongli. It's hard to find on TA reviews?

Or would most people recommend we go back to Suzhou. We were only going to Suzhou enroute to Tongli but Suzhou looks so lovely itself that maybe just a few hours in Tongli and the overnight in Suzhou would be preferable??

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1. Re: Tongli after dark? stay overnight or return to Suzhou

Tongli becomes very peaceful early and late. It's the best time to get a feel for the place. I spent one night and was glad I did.

In the morning about 9 or 9:30 the place began filling up with those noisy day tours, bus groups all wearing the same colored hats pushing and shoving, guides with bullhorns. So much nicer before they arrived.

Supper the night before, when only overnight guests were in town, was also a very relaxed experience. Walking around as dusk fell was splendid. It's a small place; hard to get lost.

It's difficult to find hotel reviews because Tripadvisor puts them all under the heading of "Wujiang" instead of listing Tongli properties separately. This makes it difficult to do a search. Use "Wujiang" as your search term.

I stayed in a small place called Yangguang Yizhan. Here's a review:


Many similar places. The main thing I was looking for was convenience. It was a short walk to all the in-town sights.

My vote is strongly for spending the night.

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We are booked on a tour to stay at Tongli Lakeview Hotel for one night. Can't recommend this personally but maybe you could do a search. Good luck!

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3. Re: Tongli after dark? stay overnight or return to Suzhou

If you like to experience a peaceful stay, overnight at Tongli is advised. If you like some night activities, Suzhou may be better with lively streets and some sights opening at night.

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4. Re: Tongli after dark? stay overnight or return to Suzhou

I prefer staying in Suzhou.

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5. Re: Tongli after dark? stay overnight or return to Suzhou

It depends on what you are looking for.

We stayed at Tongli Zhengfu Caotang Hotel in Tongli. We had the family room which was two good sized beds (yea!!!) and a fine (but not recently renovated) bathroom. The owners were very friendly and we enjoyed the stay. By having a room in Tongli we were able to relax in the air conditioning after checking in (we were there in August, and it was very hot) and wander around after dark. The bridges being lit is pretty after dark, but after dark cars also return to the car free city...you get more of a local feel, but the restaurant we ate at closed as soon as we finished eating.

In Suzhou we stayed at the Youngor Central Hotel which was a lovely 4 star hotel that was centrally located. From their you could walk around the Suzhou canal, and there was certainly a lot happening after dark.

Suzhou was cheaper for a much nicer room, but we also liked the character or the courtyard hotel in Tongli.

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