Arrival to Tongli — Venice of the East


Tongli Doorway

Tongli Doorway

There is a small village on the outskirts of Suzhou that bears considerable charm and many visual wonders.  That would be the canal-crossed town of Tongli, known as the Venice of the East.

Tongli Laundry

Tongli Laundry

We’ll be taking an in-depth look at this Asian wonder over the next two weeks because it simply requires at least six blogs to do this place justice.

Tongli Map

Tongli Map

After our rather scary run-in with Chinese law enforcement and our forced switching of tour buses in Suzhou, we arrived at a parking lot just outside the canal-bounded main district of this photographer’s delight.  We set out on foot and crossed a bridge that took back in time to a place that had its beginnings some 1,000 years in the past.

Tongli Canals

Tongli Canals

At first glance it might not seem from that bridge that Tongli contains much to see.  That initial look is misleading.

Tongli

Tongli

For once you get into the heart of Tongli you are greeted by a cacophony of sights, sounds, color, and aromas beginning with the charming streets:

Tongli Streets

Tongli Streets

Beyond those initial streets lay the canals that crisscross the main village:

Tongli Canals

Tongli Canals

Wonderful buildings of ancient origin line these colorful canals:

Tongli Canals

Tongli Canals

But the old does share space with the new and trendy, as well:

Tongli Charm

Tongli Charm

The traditional also is available.  Take, for instance, the ancient art of using birds for fishing.  Here you’ll find gondolas upon which a flock of cormorants appear to have alighted.  Closer inspection however will reveal these birds are tied down and awaiting their owner for a day of cormorant fishing:

Cormorant Fishing

Cormorant Fishing

We’ll continue with our tour on Wednesday.  Until then enjoy a couple more shots of these quaint canals:

Tongli Canals

Tongli Canals

Tongli Canals

Tongli Canals

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