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Mosted Asked Questions about Tongli Water Town

Is Tongli Water Town Worth to Visit?

If you like a small but graceful water town, Tongli Water Town is the best choice. And there is a direct bus to Tongli water town from Shanghai, which takes about 2 hours. Its renowned for gondola rides, beautiful water, the Tuisi Garden, the Three Bridges Area and the graceful layout. It is one of the six famous ancient towns in south China.

Is it rush to do a day tour from Shanghai for both Suzhou city highlights and Tongli water town?

It's fine to visit top Suzhou highlights and one water town from Shanghai in one day and it's not rush at all! If you are interested about this tour, we can arrange it for you. Pickup & drop-off service can be arranged at your Shanghai hotel or Shanghai train station. The tour day normally includes the Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill and Tongli Water Town. If you have some attractions on your liste, please feel free to let us know, we can tailor made your own trip.

Where is Tongli Water Town?

Tongli Water Town belongs to Wujiang City, Jiangsu Province. It is located on the band of Tai Lake and Jinghang Grand Canal, close to the city government. It is adjacent to three famous large cities in South China, namely Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. It is 80 kilometers away from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in the east and 18 kilometers away from Suzhou in the north, adjacent to 318 National Highway in the south and Suzhou-Jiaxing Expressway in the west.

How to get to Tongli Water Town From Shanghai

①From Passenger Station, Shanghai.There is a bus departing from Passenger Station at Hutai Road, Shanghai to reach Tongli Water Town with no stop. It departs at 1:30 p.m. every day and the journey takes about 2.5 hours.
②From Tourist Center. In Tourist Center near the No.12 Gate of Shanghai Stadium, there is a bus leaving for Tongli Water Town at 8:30 a.m. every day. And the returning bus departs at 4:30 p.m in Tongli.

When is the best time to visit Tongli Water Town?

It is suitable for a visit all year round. It is less commercialized and crowded than some other famous water towns. But avoid Chinese public holidays like China National Holiday Day and International Labor Day.

How can I get to Tongli from Shanghai? Train or Taxi?

Tongli water town is located in Suzhou city. We suggest you take the high-speed train to Suzhou station first. After arriving in Suzhou, you can choose to take Metro Line 4 to Tongli.

Is the Tongli Ancient town as commercial as other ancient towns around Shanghai?

Just like Zhouzhuang, Tongli is one of the most commercialized ancient towns, but its natural scenery is still the most popular, retaining the most primitive buildings and the most simple way of life. You can choose to go to Tongli water town in the afternoon or at night. At this time, the tourists are at least quieter.

We are going to visit Tongli by ourselves. Where should we start and what is the schedule of our trip?

Chuanxin Lane → Tuisi Garden → Jiayintang → Sanqiao Scenic Spot → Chongben Hall → Wang Shaoying Memorial Hall → Pearl Tower → Songshiwu Garden → Culling Hall → Zhuangyuan Residence

Hi,we like to visit Tongli, Hanshan Temple, Lingering Garden in one day, is it possible?

If you start your day trip from Suzhou, it’s possible to cram all the attractions you have mentioned on a day trip. Of course, you have to limit your time on each attraction.

How to go back from Tongli water town to Tongli metro/subway?

① You exit from the Exit 10 where you can connect the special shuttles going to Tongli water town (Non-stop);
② You exit from Exit 02 where you take the Bus 725 for Tongli ( 4 stops );
③ You can also take a taxi from Tongli Subway Station to Tongli Town: 5 km and about 20 yuan.

We interested to visit Tongli on Dec or Jan next year,what is the weather? what clothes to bring? Thank you

Normally the temperature at Suzhou and Hangzhou in early November roughly falls between 22 ℃ ( noon ) and 15 ℃ ( at night ). Sometimes it rains in November. Wear a jacket, jeans and prepare for a thin sweater and don’t forget to bring your umbrella.

What should we buy in Tongli?

Tongli is not only famous for the water town scenery, but also famous for traditional local culture and products. If you travel to Tongli, you should bring the brocade and silk, brush writing, feather fans.

Is there any food should to eat in Tongli? I would like to have the authentic Tngli local food during my trip, please advised.

Tongli food culture is characteristic of the cuisine south of the Yangtze River. The most famous dishes are: "Pork Shanks Serving the Number One Scholar"; “Shelled Freshwater Shrimp in Cakes”; “Three-Slice Spring Rolls”; braised, minced eel; and the classical, bouillabaisse-like dish, made of a combination of white fish, weaver fish, mandarin fish and turtle.

How long does it take from Shanghai to Tongli by car?

Shanghai is about 110 kilometers away from Tongli water town. It takes about 2 hours by driving. You can do a day tour from Shanghai to Tongli, the tour lasts around 8hours.

How to get to Tongli from Shanghai if I live in Lujiazui?

You can take metro line 2 and transfer to line 1 to North Zhongshan Road Station, Exit 4. Then walk west for about 0.5 mile to the station. The bus departs at 13:30. It has no number. You can find the Chinese characters "同里" on the front window of the bus for your reference.

Do you provide Tongli group day tour?

Yes, we provide Tongli group day tour, you will share the tour with other tourists to get a cheaper price. It’s a small group tour, you’ll explore the essence of Tongli as well and immerse yourself in the elegance of tranquility of Tongli with your experienced guide. You also have the option to experience the typical wooden boat ride in this ancient town.

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