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Tongli Town

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Address: Wujiang District, Suzhou 215217, China
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We wanted to experience a smaller water-town. We stayed 2 days in Tongli, a beautiful, pitoresque chinese watertown. The athmosphere changes in night. Not many tourist actually... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Oslo, Norway
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Oslo, Norway
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52 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We wanted to experience a smaller water-town. We stayed 2 days in Tongli, a beautiful, pitoresque chinese watertown. The athmosphere changes in night. Not many tourist actually stay inside this town. And it's all so quiet, but still beautifully lit with chinese lanterns. The channels, the buildings, the identic feel of the town. It's not difficult to imagine how life... More 

Thank Knut_43
Zhangjiagang, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chinese Sex Museum is no longer in Tongli. The Tourist Administration representative from the Tonglin site says that it has been moved to Hainan. Tongli Town was nice, but if you are in Suzhou, you can get a similar experience in their old town. A new subway line has opened in Suzhou (Line 4)...last stop is Tongli. It cost... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tongli was the only one on my list of things to do in Suzhou when I did a rushed itinerary before arriving in China. With the newly opened subway line 4 in Suzhou, getting here is fairly easy. I took the subway line 4 to Tongli station (6 cny one way from Nanmen and the trip was around 40 mins)... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pros: The gardens are quiet on certain residences which give some photo opportunity In the first garden, you can get famous paper cut artwork at reasonable price and there is a great postcard cafe.Cons:The air in Suzhou is pretty polluted so I cannot enjoy the serene feel. There were too many restaurant touts and the boat ride at 90 RMB... More 

Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a bussride to Tongli from Shanghai - although most guides do it from Suzhou . We were dropped along the motorway - which was a bit strange - and no one at the tourist center spoke a word of English - but hey we got a half price ticket for the city because we were over 60 -... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were on a tour of China that did not include a water town, and I really wanted to see one. So we skipped the regular tour in our second day in Shanghai and booked a private tour to Tongli. It was well worth it. A little touristy but very pretty. It was not too crowded the day we went,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This town, albeit smaller than its' more famous neighbour - Zhouzhuang (we thought this town was too "touristy" and crowded), is still worth a visit if you are around Suzhou or Shanghai. The small bridges, canals, old buildings, shops, restaurants, lanterns, etc make for a very pleasant walk, even on a cloudy day.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Actually visited in January 2016. We took the train from Shanghai to Suzhou, then the bus from Suzhou to this little water town. Had been reading reviews at the time that it was smaller and less crowded than the other water towns. No regrets at all that we chose it, the highlight of our trip. The water town was small... More 

Thank Keston A
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tongli is a cute town to wander through, but was a bit challenging for me to find. The "tourist highlights" pass was a complete waste of money, as the sites weren't really that exciting and there were limited English translations. The main attraction is definitely the town itself. A few other tips for getting there- the bus is in a... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We travelled from Shanghai to Suzhou, and this was the first place that we stopped at. It was a great place to start our Suzhou trip at!

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