Jill Hamburg Coplan
Our SHF guide accompanied us to tour town of bridges -- Tongli Ancient Water Town, which also known as a "museum of ancient Chinese architecture", as about 40 percent of the houses and temples in the town date back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties...
We had just had a nice tongli trip.Being an ancient township,Tong Li borders on Tongli Lake on the east, Nanxin Lake on the south, adjoins Pangshan Lake on the west, Jiuli Lake on the north and Wusong Jiang River on the northwest.
Tongli is a town 20 km from Suzhou, built in the Ming and Qing dynasties, with a history of 600 years. Surrounded by several lakes, this 0.67-square-kilometer town is divided into 7 parts by the 15 river courses at its midst.Tongli is a town on the river whose streets are supplemented by rivers, upon which numerous boats float back and forth. Its 20 ancient bridges of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties join the town into an integrated whole...
Tongli in Jiangsu Province, is situated between Lake Tai and Shanghai , located about 10 kilomters west-northwest of Zhouzhuang and 180 kilometers south of the Suzhou. Tongli is surrounded by five lakes, crisscrossed by a network of canals that are fed by the confluence of three rivers. There are numerous rivers and canals, 40 stone arch bridges and countless buildings in Tongli that date from the Ming (CE 1368-1644) and Qing (CE 1644-1911) Dynasty period. You have lots of things to do in Tongli trip many famous Chinese artists and members of the literati of the same period made Tongli their home...
Built in 1880s, the Tuisi Garden (also known as Retreat and Reflection Garden ) is comprised of the housing complex, a big courtyard and a garden which are aligned on a west-east axis. It's the most notable Tongli attraction. In 2001, the Retreat and Reflection Garden was recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name of the garden originates from an ancient Chinese saying that "loyal to the emperor with honest heart, self reflection is needed after retirement".
Tongli is an ancient water town situated on the east shore of Taihu Lake not far from Suzhou city and has a population of 55, 000. In 1981 Tongli has been formally listed among the 13 places of interest of Taihu Lake area.