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.
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.
At first glance it might not seem from that bridge that Tongli contains much to see. That initial look is misleading.
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:
Beyond those initial streets lay the canals that crisscross the main village:
Wonderful buildings of ancient origin line these colorful canals:
But the old does share space with the new and trendy, as well:
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:
We’ll continue with our tour on Wednesday. Until then enjoy a couple more shots of these quaint canals: