Walking along this living water town where local familis still live around, visiting a well preserved ancient tuisi garden, taking a relaxing boat ride along canels and bridges.
Tongli is an aged town located near Suzhou, which is about a hour and half drive outside of Shanghai. This 1000 years old town has only recently been changed into a tourist attraction. The town is characterized by stone bridges and well preserved ancient architecture including private gardens, temples and houses.15 small river lanes crisscrossed the town, over which spans around 49 stone bridges in variety of styles. Bridges are important parts of the town. The most famous bridges among the 49 bridges in Tongli are the three bridges called Taiping (peace), Jili (luck) and Changqing (celebration) bridges, which has been important landmarks of the place and regarded as the sacred architecture by the locals. Whenever there is an important occasion, such as wedding, people would like to walk through the three bridges, which is supposed to bring peace, fortune and happiness in their lives. Buildings well preserved from the Ming and Qing Dynasties standing by the rivers fill the town. The traditional gardens are well worth seeing. The Tuisi Garden makes a good example. The garden was constructed between 1885 and 1887 by an imperial official. In the garden, pavilions, terraces, halls, rockeries, ponds and other elements of the garden were harmoniously integrated together. After 1.5 hour driving, you will arrive and walk along tongli old street and local community where a lot local familis still lives , a visit to well preserved private garden build in ming dynasty will show you a picture of delicate life those accent ellite group use to have. the relaxing boat ride around the town may make the highlight of whole tour with different angel of view Tongli have.you can practice your bargain skill in local shops.