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Tongli Water Town

Tongli Water Town

Suzhou

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...
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.
Karen S, Jun 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Suzhou

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Escape the City & Enjoy the Views
jenniferpR7610TT, Nov 2019
Suzhou and Tongli Water Village Private Day Tour with Lunch
Sunny's Tours was amazing - friendly, knowledgeable and flexible. Changed our tour stops to ensure they matched our interests, went at a pace that was comfortable to us and made sure food allergies were a non-issue. The water village was the highlight - fun, interesting and highly recommended!!
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Truly amazing tour. You will get...
Ah Choo N, Nov 2017
Tongli Water Town Visit and Courtyard Lifestyle Experience at Jinze Water Village
Truly amazing tour. You will get your money worth. Tongli and Jinze are still pristine water villages with local residents going about their daily life. But the cherry on this sweet cake is the authentic home cooked lunch, served in a local house by the canal. Fantastic meal. The tea ceremony is performed elegantly by Miki herself. Highly recommend to friends and all travelers to choose Miki tours for water village tour!
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Enchanting, fun, educational, and...
Sally U, Nov 2017
Tongli Water Town Visit and Courtyard Lifestyle Experience at Jinze Water Village
Enchanting, fun, educational, and delicious! This is the trip of a lifetime in that you experience what life in quaint, picturesque, small Chinese water towns are really like. And, along the way there are opportunities to purchase local crafts like hand painted, hand made umbrellas. Why, we even walked back into a secluded courtyard sheltering a grouping of private homes and Miki, our guide, chef, and new best friend, spoke with the village women and the next we knew, we had an impromptu tour of a typical home. The best part of the entire day was the time spent with Miki, and especially at Miki's charming home cooking and being served the most delicious meal of our entire trip to Shanghai Well, Lost Heaven is great, but this was SPECIAL and home cooked. Learned so much, loved every minute, and the driver was safe and great, the car comfortable and clean. I highly recommend this to those wanting a unique and fabulous day.

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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