Tong Li (Little Venice) - Suzhou

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Tong Li is one of several towns on the outskirts of Suzhou known as Little Venice. There are roads, but the main arteries through the town are the canals. The pictures from this water city turned out much better than the town itself. I found it to be actually quite dingy, and would recommend that you try a different water city, Little Venice on your trip.

TongLi is a 40 minute drive from Suzhou.  It is known as Little Venice because of its extensive canal system.  You can take boat rides if you want.

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These look like cormorants to me.  These were only the 3rd type of bird I saw in the whole Suzhou area.  The other 2 were sparrows and egrets.

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A narrow walkway in the old, old town of TongLi.

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You can get a boat ride if you like.\n\nTongLi is a very popular tourist destination.  I didn't care for it too much because everything was in such disrepair, much like a lot of the dwellings in China.  The water was filthy and garbage-laden, and there were all sorts of junk shops along the walkways where you could buy stuff.  It appears there is no word for "repainting" in Chinese, or perhaps there is just no interest or money.

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Disembarking from the boat ride.

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This area of the canals had 3 bridges - one for Luck, Success, and Love.  You can only see one here.  It is customary to take newborn babies or newlyweds across the 3 bridges.

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A boat floats under a bridge in TongLi

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This site would give my grandmother a heart attack.  These guys dropped their cellphone in the drink, and they are looking for it.  Gross.

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The "prettiest" area of TongLi is completely covered with shade trees.  This is the end of tourist season, so there aren't really any boats in the water.  A few weeks ago it would have been water gridlock.

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