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Jul 22, 2011 - Suzhou and Tongli

Today started as normal with breakfast at the hotel. Then on to the bus for a 2 hour trip to Suzhou – a city renowned for its gardens and silk production. We first visited a hotel to use the toilet as the garden we were visiting had traditional squat toilets. The garden itself was beautiful – the traditional order and chaos. It is called the Garden of the Master of Fishing Nets because the intricate pattern of the walkways and courtyards resembles a fishnet. Beautiful furniture and walkways, it is still used as an artist's retreat. If it...

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May 16, 2010 - Tongli

Tongli is a little canal town about forty minutes out of Suzhou. We got the bus there from the centre of Suzhou which was quite the experience but we survived to tell the tale. We think in general it is best to spend as little time on the roads in China as possible - a bit of a free for all to say the least. Tongli looked much more like how everyone says Suzhou is, probably as Suzhou would have been before all the industrialsation. It is like stepping back in time to old China and we get more the Venice comparisons now - obviously the...

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Apr 25, 2008 - Tongli

We had hoped to make a few excursions outside Shanghai during the ten days we would be in the city, but there was so much to see and do that we ended up making only one trip which was to the canal town of Tongli. I had read about this city, of over forty-nine bridges, in our guidebook and wanted to explore it to see a little more of the old China. Tongli’s history goes back over 1,000 years. The bridges, built in a variety of styles, join the seven islands created by fifteen rivers and five lakes upon which Tongli stands. The town is...

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Oct 22, 2007 - Tongli / Suzhou

Hi All, Took a day trip to these two great city's. First Tongli which is referred to as the Venice of the East! So charming and time just stood still here. We took a boat ride down the canals and watched the simple life go by. Afterwards drove to Suzhou and took in some spectacular gardens, thinking we will have to do some relandscaping after seeing that!! Back to Shanghai tonight will visit the Bund and just walk around. Can't say enough of this country so far, very impressive!! More later. Inge and Steve

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Sep 13, 2006 - Day 2 in Hangzhou

Day 10, Sunday, Sep 10 Our second day in Hangzhou proved to be overcast but, thankfully, no rain. This was a free day for us to go sight seeing on our own or to go shopping. Eight of us set out at about 9:00 A.M. to look for some bargains. The one thing we all agreed on before we left the hotel was, "no chinese food today". Over the course of the day we found some great bargains, walked 'til we could hardly walk anymore and discovered how friendly and helpful the Chinese people are. And we kept our pact, not one of us had so much as a grain...

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