Located within easy reach of many a Suzhou serviced apartment, Tongli Ancient boasts of being a water town to the south of the Yangtze River, complete with rivers, bridges, and all other essential water-town features, perfectly integrated into one breathtaking scenery.
Spread over a massive area of 33 hectares, this charming town in China is perfect for anyone who falls in love with exquisite architecture and photography enthusiasts. You may need to pay around 100 Yuan to enter this city.
Out of the 55 bridges that can be found in this picturesque Oriental Venice, the most popular are the three bridges called Taiping, Jili, and Changqing. These bridges stand for blessing, making them popular places for the natives to visit during the important moments of their life such as the birth of a child, marriage, or birthday.
The Retreat & Reflection Garden
One of the most noteworthy attractions in Tongli Ancient Town is the Retreat & Reflection Garden that is situated within a driving distance from properties such as Ascott Midtown Suzhou. In 2001, it was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the other Suzhou Gardens.
Meeting of the Immortals
Tongli’s Meeting of the Immortals is commemorated by activities such as boating, rowing, and stilt walking. It traditionally falls on the 14th of April according to the lunar calendar; however, it is staged as a three-day event along with a variety of folk performances and other exhibitions.