Private Tongli Water Town Day Tour with Boat Ride from Suzhou
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Stop At: Tongli Town, Wujiang District, Suzhou 215217 China
Meet your private guide upon pickup at the Suzhou railway station or your hotel lobby in Suzhou city. Set out on a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle, and talk with your guide about any particular interests you have so the commentary and itinerary can be customized.
Your day starts at the Retreat and Reflection Garden, a traditional Suzhou-style garden. Built in 1885, it joined Suzhou's other classical gardens in 2001 in becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In spite of the garden's similarities to other standard Suzhou-style layouts, the east-west axis is unique for the region. Your private guide will accompany you along the way, introducing the varied and unique features.
Next, you will visit Luo Xingzhou, a small island town at the heart of Tongli Lake. Regal housing and gardens and ancient bridges and walkways merge to create a magical isle. Cruise the tranquil waters in a traditional wooden boat, taking in the river's vistas before wandering the island town.
Break for lunch at a Chinese restaurant (own expense).
After lunch, visit Chongben Hall to view its intricate collection of wood carvings inspired by the folklore of the Yangtze River Delta. You will also walk around Jiayin Hall, a traditional mansion constructed in 1912. Scattered with engravings depicting "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", a seminal Chinese novel, the complexity and precision of the craftsmanship and carvings in this mansion are simply astounding.
The Pearl Tower tells a tale of Tongli's ancient past, a fascinating story of a man named Fang who through various trials and tribulations eventually received the tower. Riddled with old relics, the structure exudes classical Suzhou architectural flair and overlooks traditional gardens. Climb the tower to enjoy spectacular views from atop.
After that, move on to the next tourist spot –The Three Bridges. Tongli has more than 50 bridges, however the three most popular are the Taiping, Jili, and Changqing bridges. When celebrating milestones such as births, weddings or birthdays, locals will cross the bridges and pray for health, happiness, and future prosperity. As you walk the bridges, your guide will explain their folklores while you take in the scenery.
Free on your own for a while until our tour guide transfer you back to Suzhou train station or your hotel in Suzhou downtown.
Duration: 4 hours 40 minutes
- Hotel or train station pickup and drop-off
- Transportation by air-conditioned private vehicle
- English and Chinese speaking tour guide
- Private Boat ride
- Bottled water
- Private city transfer
- Entry/Admission - Tongli Town
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Please provide round-trip train itinerary in "special requirement" block if pickup from Suzhou Train Station is required
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes
- Stroller accessible
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
We took the Suzhou day tour to Tongli with guide Susan. She was awesome. She helped make it a perfect experience for everyone despite having an eighty year old sightseer in our group. She provided delightful stories and explanations of the historical landmarks and relics in both English and Chinese. The tour with Susan was well worth the price. The wooden boat ride was a blast into the past! We highly recommend the tour and Susan from Suzhou.
Had a great day, our guide was super knowledgable and led us thru Holiday crowds expertly. We asked to add the silk worm museum on the end of the day which she did with enthusiasm. Thank you for an educational day!