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Private Tongli Water Town Day Tour with Boat Ride from Suzhou

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    Stop At: Tongli Town, Wujiang District, Suzhou 215217 China

    Meet your private guide upon pickup at the Suzhou railway station or your hotel lobby in Suzhou city. Set out on a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle, and talk with your guide about any particular interests you have so the commentary and itinerary can be customized.

    Your day starts at the Retreat and Reflection Garden, a traditional Suzhou-style garden. Built in 1885, it joined Suzhou's other classical gardens in 2001 in becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In spite of the garden's similarities to other standard Suzhou-style layouts, the east-west axis is unique for the region. Your private guide will accompany you along the way, introducing the varied and unique features. 

    Next, you will visit Luo Xingzhou, a small island town at the heart of Tongli Lake. Regal housing and gardens and ancient bridges and walkways merge to create a magical isle. Cruise the tranquil waters in a traditional wooden boat, taking in the river's vistas before wandering the island town. 

    Break for lunch at a Chinese restaurant (own expense). 

    After lunch, visit Chongben Hall to view its intricate collection of wood carvings inspired by the folklore of the Yangtze River Delta. You will also walk around Jiayin Hall, a traditional mansion constructed in 1912. Scattered with engravings depicting "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", a seminal Chinese novel, the complexity and precision of the craftsmanship and carvings in this mansion are simply astounding.

    The Pearl Tower tells a tale of Tongli's ancient past, a fascinating story of a man named Fang who through various trials and tribulations eventually received the tower. Riddled with old relics, the structure exudes classical Suzhou architectural flair and overlooks traditional gardens. Climb the tower to enjoy spectacular views from atop. 

    After that, move on to the next tourist spot –The Three Bridges. Tongli has more than 50 bridges, however the three most popular are the Taiping, Jili, and Changqing bridges. When celebrating milestones such as births, weddings or birthdays, locals will cross the bridges and pray for health, happiness, and future prosperity. As you walk the bridges, your guide will explain their folklores while you take in the scenery.

    Free on your own for a while until our tour guide transfer you back to Suzhou train station or your hotel in Suzhou downtown.

    Duration: 4 hours 40 minutes
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    Reviewed 17 April 2019

    I would highly recommend Jessie and Suzhou Private tour, especially for independent travelers. We had one day tour with this company to Tongli water town and found their services to be a perfect match with our requirements. The tour guide is punctual, knowledgeable, fun to...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Teddybare1986
    Reviewed 23 March 2019

    We enjoyed the tour very much. Tongli is a small water village of ancient architecture and arched bridges, it is undoubtedly a Gem in Suzhou. Nice quiet and calm alleys, souvenirs shops, restaurants, coffee shops can be found here. The walk along the canals was...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Labaya
    Reviewed 19 November 2018

    Step back in time to China's version of Venice, Amsterdam, and the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Tongli is over 1000 years old and offers a unique ancient city experience less than one hr from Suzhou. Our tour guide Frank was awesome, offering us insight into...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank rayw386
    Reviewed 3 October 2018

    We booked a private tour to visit the Tongli Water Town because we have limited time to spend in Suzhou and our schedule was very specific due to some work activities. Our tour guide, May, was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable in the history of...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank Erin T
    hangzhouprivatetour, Manager at China Private Tours-Suzhou Private One-day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

    Dear Erin, Thanks for your time and your excellent review for our tour guide May. So glad to hear that you thought this trip was wonderful and worth every penny spent with. We have professional team with knowledgeable tour guides and well behavior drivers. We...More

    Reviewed 10 July 2018

    We loved our trip to Tongli Town! Thank God it exists in it's original form and is a delight to visit. It's what Suzhou must have been in the past, "Venice of the East". Enjoyed the pretty garden. Boat ride was very pretty and our...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    Thank Naila N
    hangzhouprivatetour, Manager at China Private Tours-Suzhou Private One-day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

    Dear Naila, Thanks for your time and your excellent review. Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour with our tour guide Becky. Becky is one of our best tour guides in our company, she is knowledgeable, patient and full of passion. She said she enjoyed...More

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