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Tongli Water Town
Tongli Water Town

Tongli Water Town


The Basics

Tongli Water Town is one of the most popular excursions from Suzhou or Shanghai, offering visitors a chance to catch a glimpse of an older China. Day-trippers on a private or group tour from Shanghai can spend the morning touring the gardens of Suzhou before strolling along the canals of Tongli in the afternoon.

Those based in Suzhou have even more time to explore; a typical day trip to Tongli might include a cruise on a wooden boat, a visit to a UNESCO-listed Chinese garden, and the chance to see a couple of the town’s traditional mansions, Jiayin Hall and Congben Hall.

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Tongli Water Town Visit and Courtyard Lifestyle Experience at Jinze Water Village
Tongli Water Town Visit and Courtyard Lifestyle Experience at Jinze Water Village
$248.00 per adult
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I can't say enough about this amazing tour! It lasted from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM and was very well paced, with magical surprises unfolding throughout the day. After two weeks in China, this was definitely our highlight. Miki is professional, knowledgeable, interesting and very talented. We learned so much, ate the best lunch possible, enjoyed accessing the real China, and have memories that will last for years. A fantastic bargain for a special and unforgettable adventure! This should be on everyone's DO NOT MISS list.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tongli Water Town is accessible from Shanghai and Suzhou.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

  • Day trips from Suzhou typically last 7 to 8 hours, depending on the activities included.

  • Most day trips include hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as a local lunch.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to reach Tongli is with a guided tour from Shanghai or Suzhou with included round-trip transportation. Those who visit independently can catch a sightseeing bus from the Suzhou Railway Station to Tongli; buses leave every 20 minutes, and the trip takes about 45 minutes.

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When to Get There

Most attractions within Tongli Water Town are open daily throughout the year. Spring offers some of the best weather for enjoying the canals and other outdoor scenery. Plan to arrive early in the morning or stay overnight to take in the sights, before or after the tour buses arrive.

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The Bridges of Tongli

A trip to Tongli wouldn’t be complete without walking over its three most famous bridges—Taiping, Jili, and Changqing—which are believed to grant health, happiness, and future prosperity to all who cross.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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