Tong Li 同里 Travel Guide
Tong Li Overview
Another of the canal towns which surround Shanghai, Tong Li is a favourite as it retains much of it’s original character having not been over restored. Leisurely boat trips on the canals, long walks along the winding cobbled alleys or lazy afternoons sipping tea in the many tea houses are the chief pastimes here in a China a world away from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai.
Best Months to Visit Tong Li
Best Reason to Visit Tong Li
Sipping a fine tea in one of the canal side teahouses and watching the world go by.
Top Attractions in Tong Li
Rather than specific sites a trip to Tong Li is all about soaking up the experience of a bygone China. A canal trip is a must as is a visit to a teahouse. Much of the pleasure will also come from just strolling about and peering into the courtyard homes that are little changed since the town’s founding in the 9th Century. There are also a few museums that can be visited. If you can, avoid being there at weekends or public holidays as it gets very crowded with day trippers from Shanghai.
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Our Top Tong Li Travel Tip
For a change of both scene and pace from Shanghai, Tongli is both accessible and not as large and visited as Suzhou although it does lack Suzhou’s famous gardens.
By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.