This is an over-all 7-hour hassle-free tour from pickup to drop-off at your hotel / residence. Among other water villages, Tongli is the least commercialized yet diverting one. You get to see all typical sceneries of elegance in Yangtze Delta area featuring classical garden, meandering canals, old streets, archaic residences, ancient bridges, intricate crafts, rustic & tasty food and gondola boats. Your time in Tongli will be a fond journey back to Chinese bygone days.
At 9:00 AM, you will be picked up and right away taken onto the road for about 1.5 hour ride to Tongli in the jurisdiction of Suzhou City.In Tongli Village, you will first visit uniquely laid-out Tuisi Garden (Retreat & Meditation Garden), one of the World Heritage gardens. Then you move on to see all kinds of local characteristics out there along old streets and canals. Triple Bridge is three bridges that form a triangle at the convergence of canals. Each bridge has a propitious name, that locals still care to rub off luck on in the occasions of important events.Lunch will be arranged at a nice local restaurant that provides a multitude of local palatable foods, most likely able to cater to even particular taste and dietary requirement.Afterwards, you can choose to take gondola (at your own cost), watch Pingtan show (ballad singing in Suzhou dialect; national oral and intangible art) in a tea house sitting right beside a canal. Or simply doing some shopping is advisable as there are plenty of local hand-made crafts and most shop owners in Tongli are not pushy at all.After max 4-hour touring in Tongli, you will set out for a ride back to Shanghai with drop-off at your hotel or any other location in central downtown as you can request.