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Suzhou, the Venice of the East




    Suzhou lies in southern Jiangsu province, in the center of the Yangtze Delta. Shanghai is less than half an hour away by fast train, Hangzhou is little more than an hour away. 42% of the city is covered by water, this is where the nickname "The Venice of the East" comes from. There are many attractions and famous gardens, such as The Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill or the Lingering Garden. 

    Shantang Street can be reached by subway - there is a subway station called Shantang Street on line 2. At night, the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful: 

    There are eight side bridges on the riverbanks and seven bridges spanning across the river, and the most famous one is Tonggui Bridge, a single arch stone bridge. It is 19 meters long and 2.3 meters wide. 

    Pingjiang Road looks a lot like Shantang Street:

    Tongli Ancient Town is a little far from the city center, about an hour and a half away by public transportation. You can take the subway and get off at Tongli station on line 4. Then, walk about 300m to a bus station, and take bus 725 to Shipailu station.

    Tongli is an age-old but very well preserved water town with a history of more than 1,000 years. It lies on the eastern shore of Taihu lake, 18 kilometers from Suzhou City, the town is 63 square kilometers in area and has a population of over 33 thousand. True to its reputation, Tongli water town is a really wonderful travel destination where you can spend a marvelous day and experience traditional Chinese culture. 


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