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1 Day Shanghai Private Tour to Tongli

Price From: US$ 89

Departure: Daily
Duration: 1 day
Attractions: Aiping Bridge, Changqing Bridge, Residential House, Retreat and Reflection (Tuisi) Garden
Tour Guide Language: English, other language speaking guide is available, if need, please contact us!
Payment Method: Cash, Credit Cards, Wire, Western Union
Feature: 1 day private tour from Shanghai to ancient town Tongli covers Changqing Bridge, reflecting Origin (Siben) Bridge etc, for you to experience ancient beauty of China.

Itinerary of: 1 Day Shanghai Private Tour to Tongli

Tongli

Originally named Fushi, Tongli is an age-old but very well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years. Located on the eastern shore of Taihu Lake, just 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Suzhou City, Tongli town is 63 square kilometers (24 square miles) in area and has a population of over 33 thousand. True to its reputation, Tongli is a really wonderful travel destination where you can spend a marvelous holiday or experience traditional Chinese culture. Follow our guide and you will have a general idea of this captivating water-town.

- Bridges: These are the vital links between the different parts of town. Forty-nine stone bridges in a variety of styles join the seven islands created by fifteen rivers and five lakes upon which Tongli stands. Each bridge has a name and these examples will give you an idea of the poetic nature of the inhabitants. Perhaps the most notable are Peace and Tranquility (Taiping) Bridge, Luck (Jili) Bridge and Lasting Celebration (Changqing) Bridge. These are known as Ternate Bridges as they cross three rivers at their confluence and form a natural ring road.\

-The small and exquisite Taiping Bridge was built during the reign of emperor Jiaqing of the Qing dynasty; Jili Bridge is an arch bridge and inscribed with age-old couplets describing the beautiful painting-like views at either end;

- Changqing Bridge, also named Guangli Bridge, was originally constructed in 1470 and rebuilt by Xiezhen in 1704. Ternate Bridges are propitious symbols in the eyes of the local residents and they walk over them for good luck during wedding or birthday parties.

-The oldest bridge in Tongli is Reflecting Origin (Siben) Bridge which was built in the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) while the smallest bridge is called Single Step (Dubu) which is only one and a half meter (5 feet) in length and less than one meter (3 feet) in width. Standing motionless for hundreds of years, the bridges bear witness to the vicissitudes of history and remain an indispensable part of the township.

- Residential House: Tongli Town deserves its reputation of a 'museum of ancient architectures' as there are good many houses and temples dating from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Built along the riversides and decorated with flying eaves, carved windows, porcelain furniture, figured clay bricks, dapper gardens and small stairs leading down to the water, these complexes mean Tongli is a shining pearl among the water-towns south of Yangtze River.

- Retreat and Reflection (Tuisi) Garden, built by the retired official Ren Lansheng during 1885 and 1887, is the most spectacular in Tongli. Its name is derived from an aphorism expressed in a very famous biography called Zuo Zhuan written by Zuo Qiuming in the Eastern Zhou period (770 BC - 221 BC)'Be loyal to the emperor when in officialdom; be meditative upon the previous faults while away from officialdom.' The ingenious design for Tuisi Garden conforms to the local landforms and conditions and covers about 700 square meters (one fifth acre). Compact and harmonious, the garden is in two parts. The residential area to the west consists of an outer house and inner house including the sedan hall, the tea hall, a main reception hall and two buildings forming the actual dwelling. The garden in the east has ponds, Marble Boats, waterside pavilions, halls, kiosks, verandas, rockeries and bridges. Together with flourishing trees and colorful flowers the garden greets visitors with its beauty and charm whatever the season.

You also will visit Exhibition hall, Chongben Hall, Jiayin Hall, Gengle Hall and Luoxing continent and Pearl Tower.

Tour Price for Per Person(US$)
Price List for 1 Day Shanghai to Tongli Tour - price for per person
Group Size
1 person
2 persons
3 persons
4 persons
5 persons
6 persons
7~10 persons
Price
US$ 246
US$ 186
US$ 146
US$ 124
US$ 115
US$ 98
US$ 89

Price including:
1. Pick-upDrop-off from hotel from 8am to 6pm;
2. Air-conditioned private car or van;
3. Site Entrance tickets;
4. English-speaking tour guide explain the sightseeing along the tour;
5. A typical Chinese Lunch.

Price excluding:
1. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets;
2. Visa Fees;
3. Personal Expenses;
4. Tips to the driver and the guide.

 
Note: Children taller than 1.1 meter should be charged as full price, children shorter than 1.1 meter should be charged only half of the price.

 

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Traveller Reviews of: 1 Day Shanghai Private Tour to Tongli
Written by: Clifford ★★★★★ Added: 2011-08-19

The tour was great and we had a fantastic day. Our guide was very informative, funny and responsive to our needs and requests, with an excellent balance between sightseeing and shopping. There were many attractions in Shanghai and Tongli. It was a definite highlight of our trip and we thoroughly recommended it to anyone who would like a great day at excellent value!

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