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Tongli Water Town Tours

Tongli Water Town
This picturesque village southeast of Suzhou is one of several ancient water towns dotting the Yangtze River Delta. More than a dozen rivers and waterways divide this Song Dynasty town into multiple islets, connected by 49 stone bridges. This Venice of the Orient is also known for its gardens, including the UNESCO-listed Tuisi Garden.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tongli Water Town Day Tour with Boat Ride from Suzhou

Voyage to one of China’s famous ancient water towns, Tongli, during this tour from Suzhou, including round-trip transport. First, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Retreat and Reflection Garden, and then take a cruise along the nearby lake in a wooden boat. Visit Chongben Hall and Jiayin Hall before catching sight of three of the most popular bridges out of the more than the 50 found in town.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Private Tongli Water Town Tour From Shanghai with Chinese Lunch

Tongli named the most authentic water town in Jiangsu, was well preserved for its unique 49-bridge connected layout.If you have only one day free in Shanghai and want to explore more off-the-beaten-path activity, this could be the good choice.1.Non shopping tour2.No tourist traps3.No hidding fee4.The best use of time5.Your own Private tour 6.Flexible itinerary7.Licensed guides and tour vehicles8.Unbeatable price and 5 stars service
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  • 7 to 8 minutes
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  • 7 to 8 minutes

Day Trips

Suzhou Classic Garden and Water Town Day Tour

This private Suzhou tour will lead you to explore the wonderful ancient water towns--Tongli Water Town and linger in the exquisite classical gardens in Suzhou downtown area, with your professional tour guide, you will truly know the charm of a 'paradise on earth'. As the saying goes - 'Gardens to the south of the Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou gardens are the best among them'. These gardens attain their high reputation not only for their vast numbers, but also for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Day Tour to Tongli Water Town from Shanghai with Lunch

This private tour in Suzhou shows you the highlights of the city, including paying a visit to one classical world-heritage list garden-Tuisi Garden; walking through the alleys of this venerable water town; treading on the famous three bridges in Tongli for luck,longevity and prosperity; visiting the wedding museum and local rich people’s former residence. After your Suzhou tour,you will go back to Shanghai and relax at the French Concession-Xintiandi.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Private Day Trips

Private Day Tour: Tongli Water Town From Shanghai

If you’re longing for the magic of old China, take a trip back in time on this private door-to-door tour of Tongli Town for up to six people. First, visit the Retreat and Reflection Garden (Tuisi Garden), recognized by UNESCO. Then cruise the canal in a wooden boat to the Three Bridges, tour the wedding museum, visit the Pearl Pagoda, and soak up the atmosphere at a traditional teahouse.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours

Self-guided Tours & Rentals

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Independent Tour of Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

This self-guided day trip offers your a comfortable private transfer service between Shanghai and Suzhou plus Tongli water village. Discover beautiful scenery of Suzhou and the tranquil water village Tongli and beautiful Tuisi Garden at your own pace. Accompanied by your friendly private driver, and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Humble Administrator's Garden, historical Pingjiang Road, Tiger Hill and etc.. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Tongli water village if you like.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours

Private Transfers

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Private Round Trip Transfer to Top 6 Water Villages of China from Shanghai City

Enjoy door-to-door service in a comfortable private vehicle operated by a courteous friendly driver from your centrally located hotel in Shanghai to one of the classic water village of China: Zhujiajiao, Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Kezhi, Nanxun, Xitang or Wuzhen (choose 1 upon booking). Explore thousand-year-old water village, stroll around the alleyways, bridges, classic Chinese old houses and take a relax boat on the water canals by your own. This is a private transfer service only, all attraction fees are at your own cost.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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  • 4 to 8 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Day Tour of Suzhou and Tongli Water Town from Shanghai

Feast your eyes on some of China’s most beautiful gardens and watery vistas on this customizable private tour of Suzhou and Tongli Town. See the Master-of-Nets Garden, the Buddhist Xiyuan Temple, and Panmen Gate, then explore the canalside town of Tongli. Tour includes private guide and door-to-door transport for up to six people but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Day Trips

Tongli Water Town Visit and Courtyard Lifestyle Experience at Jinze Water Village

Visit two ancient water towns and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch and dumpling making on this 10-hour tour from Shanghai. Explore the canals, bridges, and 19th-century garden at Tongli, and then visit a courtyard home in the primitive water village of Jinze. Here, enjoy a home-cooked lunch, tea ceremony, and dumpling making class, and try some Chinese calligraphy. Includes entrance fees, lunch, tea ceremony, dumplings, drinks, and central Shanghai hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Suzhou Day Tour of Lingering Garden and Tongli Water Town

Combine visits to two Suzhou-area attractions—the Lingering Garden and Tongli Water Town—on this private tour. Explore the magnificent halls, and the various buildings in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lingering Garden, then move on to Tongli Water Town, known for its network of rivers, ancient bridges, and structures.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Multi-day Tours

Ultimate 3-Day Tour Package: Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou with Zhouzhuang or Tongli

This action-packed, multi-day sightseeing junket combines a classic Shanghai city tour with two tantalizing day trips—the ultimate introduction for first-time visitors. Tick off the highlights of Shanghai and then discover the sights of old-world Hangzhou and Suzhou, plus your choice of water town, either Zhouzhuang or Tongli. Tours also include a boat ride, tea tasting, and traditional meals each day.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Cultural Tours

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Small group: A full-day tour of Suzhou and Tongli Water Town from Shanghai

Take a break from city life and spend a day wandering through gorgeous gardens and ancient enclaves. This guided tour will take you from your hotel in Shanghai to Suzhou to explore alluring gardens and navigate the winding waterways of Tongli on a gondola. Enjoy a original Suzhou lunch in a rustic restaurant and to finish off the tour visit an embroidery institute to see this traditional art in action.1. Visit the two picturesque towns of Suzhou and Tongli water village 2. Gondola cruise through the beautiful waterways of Tongli 3. Stroll through the Master-of-Nets garden, a great example of a typical Ming Dynasty garden 4. Visit Chinese silk embroidery in the institute 5. A Chinese style lunch6. Hotel pickup and drop off service included
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Cultural Tours

One Day Private Suzhou Tour from Shanghai

Travel by train from Shanghai to Suzhou to take in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou. The gardens were founded as long ago as the 11th century and represent the pinnacle of classical Chinese garden design. Upon your arrival in Suzhou, your private guide meets you and shows you highlights including Humble Administrator's Garden and Garden of the Masters of the Nets. You’ll also ascend Tiger Hill to see historical sites from the 2,500-year long history of Suzhou.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Cultural Tours

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Private tour - Shanghai - Suzhou Day Tour

Be treated to the best of ancient classical poetic Chinese garden art integrating the delights of village and town, then travel the waterways of historic Tongli, a town built on water over a thousand years ago.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

All inclusive Tongli Water Town Private Trip from Suzhou

This exclusive private tour will take you to the beautiful “oriental Venice” Tongli Ancient water town. Explore the beauty of the typical southeast canal town and gain a great insight to the local area and culture. In addition, visit Tuisi Garden inside of Tongli. This tour offers flexible departure time and convenient round-trip transportation from your downtown Suzhou hotel or Suzhou Railway Station.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

2-Day Customized Suzhou Sightseeing Tour with Tongli Water Town

As an old saying goes: Above there is a heaven, below there are Suzhou & Hangzhou. Suzhu is desirable travel destination all year round with mild climate and various classical gardens in all size. It's also praised as the 'Venice of the Orient'. This 2 days Suzhou private tour will take you to appreciate fantastic gardens with tranquil beauty and architectural splendors in Tongli Water Town.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Cultural Tours

Private Tour: Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

From the canals of Tongli Water Village to the pagodas of the Lingering Garden, discover the beauty of Shanghai's outlying areas on this private tour from downtown. This tour also includes a visit to a silk factory, the 1,000-year-old village of Shantang, and a traditional Chinese lunch. Your private guide will provide insightful narration throughout the tour and ensure a comfortable and convenient excursion from the city.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Custom Private Tours

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Private Customized Suzhou Highlights Tour with Tongli Water Town and Tuisi Garden

Explore beautiful Suzhou and the famous water village Tongli in this private day tour. Accompanied by your profession private guide, and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Road, Shantang Street or others. In addition, visit Tuisi Garden (Retreat & Reflection Garden) and enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Tongli water village.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Private Day Trips

Tongli Water Town and Suzhou Private Day Trip from Shanghai

Visit one of the most famous water town in Shanghai, Tongli Water Town. Savor a delightful Suzhou style lunch. Stroll along the Pingjiang Road, Explore Tiger HIll, the most popular attraction in Suzhou and enjoy a peaceful boat ride along the ancient grand canal. 
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Private Transfers

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Private Round Trip Transfer to Tongli Water Town from Shanghai

Enjoy door-to-door service in a comfortable private vehicle operated by a courteous friendly driver from your hotel or residential area in Shanghai to the peaceful Tongli Water Village, a town near by Suzhou. It is nearly 2-hour driving time from Shanghai city center.  Other than discovery the beauty of the water town, you also can explore one of most notable attractions is the Retreat and Reflection Garden there by your own.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
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  • 1 to 8 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

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Shanghai Private Tour to Tongli Water Town and Hot Spring Spa Experience

Get away from the busy and hectic city life and visit one of the most beautiful and authentical water town Tongli, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the “China Oriental Venice “by wondering along the old canal lanes, stone bridges and historic old residences, pay a visit to the beautiful Tuisi garden listed in the UNESCO site… Enjoy a nice lunch at a quaint village and retreat yourself with a relaxing and amazing natural hot spring spa in one of the China’s top 10 famous hot-spring resorts, surrounded by the beautiful mountains, take in its fresh air and beautiful countryside scenery.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours

Cultural Tours

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Two-day Suzhou Private Tour with Tongli Water Town, Garden and Kunqu Opera

This tour shows you some very classic and famous scenic spots in Suzhou including Suzhou Museum, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, Panmen Gate, Tongli Water Town, Pingjiang Road and Kunqu Opera performance. With a personal and professional guide, You will experience the history of Suzhou, the beauty of gardens, the local lifestyle, and the elegant Kunqu opera. Private transportation with station pickup and drop-off is included, as well as entrance fees, lunch and dinner.1.Two-day private Suzhou tour2.Experience Suzhou Garden culture3.Visit Tongli Water Town4.Enjoy elegant Kunqu Opera performance
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Private Day Trips

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Private Day Trip to Tongli Water Village and Tuisi Garden from Shanghai

Step out of the modern world and into ancient watery landscapes on this private tour of Tongli Town with personal translator/guide. Relax as your private vehicle collects you from your door, then learn about the town’s rich history as you stroll ancient bridges, visit historic Tuisi Garden, feast on a local lunch, and cruise sleepy canals. Throughout, you can say goodbye to language hassles and simply enjoy the ride.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Cultural Tours

Private 2-day Suzhou & Hangzhou Highlights Tour by Bullet Train

There is an old saying goes: "Heaven is above and Hangzhou and Suzhou are below." This indeed serves as perfect description of China's two most picturesque cities. But what should you choose if you only have limited time in China? This two-day private tour can easily fit into your sightseeing schedule, perfect for those with limited time, make your way through Suzhou and Hangzhou, and see the main highlights of these two cities, such as Lingering Garden, Suzhou Museum, Tongli Water Town, Boat Ride on West Lake and try the best green tea of China in Hangzhou, this tour can make you easy to understand the fascinating history and culture of ancient China, revitalize with delicious Chinese meals and experience a bullet train from Suzhou to Hangzhou can not be missed.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days


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