Tongli, like it's neighbor Suzhou, is an ancient water town, with charming historic houses built alongside a maze of canals. However, modern times and booming tourism have turned the once sleepy village into a popular day trip for tourists from Suzhou and Shanghai. The charming village was simply crawling with tourists and the streets were bathed in souvenir stalls. In the moment, we found Tongli overwhelming, cheesy and a bit spoiled. However, looking back at the gorgeous photos we took there, we've realized that Tongli's charm is still alive and quietly hidden in the back alleys and forgotten neighborhoods. Once we left the main tourist drag, the beauty of old Tongli was all around us; we just didn't realize it at the time.


Sunday, April 5th - The Water-Town of Tongli


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