Tongli Water Town

Built in the Song Dynasty (960-1276), Tongli Water Town is only 20 km Southeast of Suzhou and 80 km West of Shanghai. The town is rich in ancient atmosphere: many of its buildings have kept their traditional fa├žades, with stark white washed walls and black-tiled roofs. The lovely town is neither as famous as Zhouzhuang nor as crowded with visitors, though its pace has picked up since the 1983 when the Chinese filmmakers discovered the city. More than a hundred films and television shows have been made here since then, including a tremendously popular version of the Chinese Classic the Dream of the Red Chamber. 

Tongli Town Jiangsu

Tongli is a popular destination for day trippers from Suzhou or Shanghai, but it manages to retain a pleasing weather-beaten charm, despite the flocks of tourists on weekends and holidays. With its ancient homes, cobblestone pathways and canals pleasantly shaded with willow trees, it's a great place for a stroll or just whiling away the hours at a waterside teahouses. 

Boating Through Tongli Town Jiangsu

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