Tongli & Zhouzhuang
Following In one day you will discover the two most important water towns of the Jiangsu province. Similar in style, Tongli and Zhouzhuang, they are certainly different in character, opportunities and traditions. By visiting both, you will discover the ancient charm of this beautiful province. Our itinerary begins with the less crowded Tongli. We suggest starting the route from the south entrance to the scenic area, from Zhongchuan North Street. You will immediately notice the great charm of ancient stone bridges. On the left you can see and capture the unique lines of the Sibenqiao Bridge. The jutting trees create an extremely cozy and suffused atmosphere.At the end of the street, in the heart of the ancient city, there are the famous Three Bridges. Heading north you can reach the wondrous Wang Residence, reservoir of ancient stories and legends. Once the visit is complete, you can head south, reaching Zhongchuan North Street. In the square there is access to the Tuisi Garden, the last garden of the day.The most famous attraction of Tongli, it guards the most beautiful garden of this water town. The site is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list along with the Suzhou Traditional Gardens. You can conclude the itinerary by walking and wandering through the ancient Mingqing street. This is the ideal place to discover the local craft traditions and find unique souvenirs, in a street with great charm dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. At this point it will be time for a well-deserved lunch break.After discovering the flavors of the place, you can move to the second destination of the day.
The famous Zhouzhuang is about a 30-minute drive from Tongli. We suggest starting from the north and going south, along the main canal keeping on the left side. You will discover immediately, the beauty of ancient stone bridges. On Beishi street, you will meet and photograph the famous Twin Bridges and the Fu'an Bridge. In the same street you will discover the two most important ancient residences of the city.You will encounter first the Zhang Residence. Let I fascinate you with its traditional style. A little further south, the Shen Residence is characterized by elegance and size. We recommend these visits to learn about the lifestyle of two important families of the past, lived in different ages. At this point, cross the main canal and head west. You will visit the amazing Quanfu Temple. Beautiful Buddhist building surrounded by a large, idyllic and hidden space. Continuing north, along the main canal, you will notice a marvelous ancient road. Along Zhengfeng Street you will discover why the city of Zhouzhuang is so special for crafts and business opportunities.The typical products are still handmade by skilled artisans, according to the techniques of the past.
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You will be entitled to 8 hours of service. If the itinerary chosen by you has a duration of less than 8 hours, you can add another PickItLocal itinerary in the same city among those available or just few other attractions, or ask your tour guide to assist you in visiting another point of interest or help you with your shopping.The cost of the service refers to a group, regardless of the number of participants (eg if you travel with friends your whole group pays only once)
You can choose from the drop-down menu if you want a transportation service of 4-seater private car, or 9-seater tourist bus or 30-seater tourist bus. You are entitled to 8 hours of service. If the itinerary you choose has a duration of less than 8 hours, you can add another PickItLocal itinerary in the same city among those available or just few other attractions, or ask to assist you in visiting another point of interest.The cost of the service refers to a group, regardless of the number of participants (eg if you travel with friends your whole group pays only once)It's a private service, so the mean of transportation you select can be solely used by your group. The parking and lunch costs of the driver are not included in the fee. The costs will be shown to you upon receipts and the amounts can be reimbursed directly to the driver.