Cravings for western pastries in Shanghai…

Cravings for western pastries in Shanghai…

Had been having too many Chinese dumplings and man tous and was just craving for good Western cakes and¬†pastries. I found my fix at Super Brand Mall ūüôā A good dessert followed by a nice…

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My video of Tongli

My video of Tongli

Here’s compiling the visit to Tongli in a video. Watch out for the part where the¬†commemorates¬†go fishing!

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Cold Mountain Temple

Cold Mountain Temple

Cold Mountain Temple is also known as Han Shan Shi and it was one of the last attractions I visited before heading back to Shanghai. Traditionally, Hanshan Temple is believed to have been founded during…

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The Ternate Bridges of Tongli

The Ternate Bridges of Tongli

Roaming around the streets of Tongli, you would notice a vast amount of bridges in this little village. 49 bridges to be exact. But only the 3 bridges in the central of town three rivers…

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Cormorant fishing

Cormorant fishing

One of the most¬†fascinating sights I’ve seen in China is Cormorant fishing. It’s is a traditional method of fishing where huge Cormorant birds are trained by the fisherman to do the fishing for them! Of…

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The Canals and Life of Tongli

The Canals and Life of Tongli

Tongli, while not as popular and¬†commercialized¬†as Zhou Zhuang, is already tainted with the beginnings of a very touristy¬†feel with plenty of Chinese touts positioning themselves around the town. Unfortunately, I believe that in no time,…

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Food in Tongli

Food in Tongli

We wanted to try something really local in Tongli so I got my trishaw¬†driver to bring me to a local joint instead of one of those extremely touristy looking ones on the main street. He…

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Retreat & Reflection Garden

Retreat & Reflection Garden

Tongli boasts 38 residences in Ming&Qing dynasties, 47 temples and ancestral halls and around 100 residences of local rich and powerful people as well as former residences of celebrities. After viewing countless of¬†pavilions¬†and traditional Chinese…

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The many museums of Tongli

The many museums of Tongli

There are all sorts of museums in Tongli and they are housed in old, well preserved Qing or Ming era merchant homes. Apparently, Suzhou and Hangzhou had one of the largest trade business going on…

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Tongli

Tongli

Water villages around the Suzhou district are a dime a dozen especially since Suzhou and the six ancient water villages around it is known as ” The Venice of the East”. The most popular one…

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