Tong li ancient town

Tong li ancient town

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Geographic location:Wujiang District, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province


Famous scenery:Ming and Qing Street, Tongli Wetland Park.

Climate type:Subtropical monsoon climate

Tongli Ancient Town belongs to Wujiang District, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, and the town of Song Dynasty. In the town area, the gardens, temples, houses, and celebrities were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The 15 rivers in the shape of “Chuan” divide the ancient town into seven small islands, and the 49 ancient bridges connect them. One, known as “small bridge, flowing water, people”.

Tong li ancient town

Historical evolution

The history of Tongli can be traced back to the “Zhuze Culture” and “Liangzhu Culture” five or six thousand years ago. As early as the Neolithic Age, there were ancestors here to slash and burn, and to live and multiply. The superior natural conditions make this the most affluent place in Wudi, so it was originally called “rich soil.”

The pre-Qin has become a market, under the Wu County of Huiji County, Hantang Day is prosperous.

At the beginning of the Tang Dynasty, because his name was too extravagant, he was renamed Tongli. Still a village, in the village of Jiuli. After the Kaiping Kaiping three years (909 years), Wu Yue Wang Qianyu was drawn to the south of Wu County, the north of Jiaxing, and placed in Wujiang County, Tongli is the hometown of Wujiang County.

In the Song Dynasty, the waste-sensing township, Tongli Fanyu Township, officially built the town. Put the old name “rich soil” on top of each other, go up to the point, then divide the word into two, the first half is “same”, the lower half “field” and “soil” add up and become the same.

During the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, Tongli gradually moved to the south, because the three things in the town turned to the city, and became the “chuan” type, also known as “Tongchuan.” In the Han Dynasty, the Han Dynasty became a market, and it was originally called “Bengbu City”. During the years of Song Jianyan, there were more than a thousand people living here.

In the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, “Yi City is a village.” In the 16th year of Yuanzhizheng (1356), Zhang Shicheng and Zhang Shide, according to Wu Jiang, divided the troops of Tan Daoji and defended the city of Dongguan, and controlled the Xiuzhou and Songjiang. During the Jiajing period of the Ming Dynasty, there were hundreds of residents, and more than half of the ironworkers. After that, the residents increased slightly and they became self-contained. In the first year of Hongzhi in the Ming Dynasty (1488), Yucun was a town of Jiuxiang in Wujiang County.

The administrative area of the Qing Emperor Qianlong was re-adjusted. In the same place in the town of Tongli, the water-soiled a few acres of the release of the river to build a house, “also become a downtown”, called “new landfill.” The town continued to expand to the southeast. In the second year of Xuantong (1910), regional autonomy was promoted.

In the first year of the Republic of China, the city office was established in Tongli.

In October 1985, Tongli Township and Township were merged to implement the township management system.

In 1980, Tongli Ancient Town was listed as one of the scenic spots of the National Taihu Lake Scenic Area. In 1982, it was listed as a provincial-level cultural relics protection unit.

In 1992, it was listed as a provincial-level cultural relics protection town. In 2000, Retreat was included in the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

In 2010, it was assessed as a national 5A-level tourist scenic spot by the National Tourism Administration.

Tong li ancient town

Folk customs

Take the third bridge

It is a prayer activity for the people to seek help from the disaster. The “three bridges” in the customs of the Three Bridges in Tongli are three ancient stone bridges that are close to each other and are less than 50 meters apart. They are located in the ancient town area of Tongli: Taiping Bridge, Geely Bridge and Changqing Bridge. It is the treasure of the bridge in the same town.

In 2011, Wujiang City (now Wujiang District) People’s Government announced the custom of Tongli Sanqiao as the fourth batch of Wujiang municipal intangible cultural heritage.

Tong li ancient town

Playing the lotus

The lotus car is a folk-made instrumental music that has been circulated in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai. It generally uses green bamboo with a length of one meter and an inner diameter of about two centimeters as the raw material. The artist will punch a hole in the bamboo tube every 10 centimeters from the two ends, and insert two copper coins in the hole (the hole is slightly larger than the copper coin) You can shake the copper coins and fix them with a screw nut, and tie the red, green and yellow ribbon here. Generally, three holes are made at each end, and three pairs of colorful ribbons are attached.

Playing the lotus box is the artist holding the lotus box, and playing the songs, arms, shoulders and legs with the lotus box in various ways. When dancing, the copper coins in the lotus chamber will make a pleasant sound, and the colorful ribbons will also fly up and down. At the beginning, the lotus show artists were generally men, dressed in white and white trousers, performing in temple fairs and major events. Later, the woman also played the lotus car. Women often wear blue cloth prints and headbands with blue cloth floral headbands, dancing in various festive places and festivals.

Tong li ancient town

Main Attractions

Ming and Qing Street

One of the ancient town commercial streets. Built in 1996, it is more than 160 meters long. It is an architectural style of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It completely preserves the parallel pattern of the streets of Shangnan and Xiajie, which are unique to Jiangnan. The entrance to the “Qingming legacy” is written by Fei Xiaotong.

Tong li ancient town

Geng Letang

It is located in Xiliutun, the middle section of Lujiatun, and the east facing river. It was built by Zhu Xiang, a sergeant of the Ming Dynasty. It was written by the then Nanjing Guozijian Xuezheng and Liren Modan. Zhu Xiang, the word Ting Rui, the number of farming music. The name of the church is taken.

Tong li ancient town

Tongli Wetland Park

It is located in the northeastern part of the town. It is adjacent to Zhouzhuang, the ancient town of Jiangnan Water Town. It is bordered by Chenghu in the north and Baiji Lake in the south. It is the only place for Tongli and Zhouzhuang tourist routes. Metasequoia forest, Chishan forest, Qinyuan, Xiangyuan, Ginkgo biloba, Taoyuan, herb garden, green pear garden, bamboo forest garden, nursery, fish pond and so on have been initially built in the park.

Tong li ancient town

Wang Shaozhen Memorial Hall

At No. 35 Fuguan Street, the building area is 500 square meters, and the exhibition area is 400 square meters. With the theme of promoting Wang Shaozheng’s spirit, Wang Shaozhen’s revolutionary battle is the main line, and the glorious achievements of Comrade Wang Shaozhen are reproduced through physical objects, paintings and pictures. Among them, the first floor is a special museum, which displays documents, objects, pictures, texts, etc. The content is divided into 12 parts, which show the experience of Comrade Wang Shaozhen in different historical periods.

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Song Shi Wu Yuan

Referred to as “Wuyuan”, the location of “Songping Stone Exhibition Hall”, in Shipi Lane, adjacent to Geely, Taiping and Changqing Bridges, separated from the Pearl Tower Scenic Area by a hundred steps from Fuguan Bridge.
Covers an area of 1600 square meters. The name of the garden is out of the collector’s poem: the stone skin of the stone skin is a stone book, and my heart is still in my heart. In order to decipher the Bible and to understand life as the purpose of the exhibition hall, it is called “Enlightenment Garden”.

Tong li ancient town

Chen’s former residence

It is a quaint Qing Dynasty residence, covering an area of 1364 square meters. The original “filial piety old industry” plaque above the threshold, there are half pavilions, old homes, hundreds of feet, Hao Getang and other buildings. There are three rooms in Haogetang. When the house was completed in 1920, Chen went to see the “Hot Songs” of Xiangshan. He was pleased to know the name of “Hao Ge Tang”, which is a meeting place for visitors. “Women’s Ancestral Temple” and “Huo Ge Tang” are horizontal. “Women’s Ancestral Temple” is the name of Mr. Sun Yat-sen, who praised Chen’s mother, Mrs. Ni, who was “study and educated, and became a master”. The 100-foot-floor collection and writing place is very simple on the first floor. The book “Hundreds of Floors” is the name of this building.

Tong li ancient town

Luo Xingzhou

It is a small island in Tongli Lake, which is a small island in Tongli Lake. It is a boat ride.

Tong li ancient town

Nanyuan Tea House

Located in the southern part of the ancient town, one of the famous eight scenic spots in the history of the city, “South City Xiaoyan” scenery, across the river from Chen’s former residence. The first name is “Fu’an Tea House”, built in the late Qing Dynasty, four open rooms, traditional brick and wood structure, Qing Dynasty style wood carving decoration, two floors, with a total area of about 400 square meters.

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It is located in the north of Changqing Bridge in Fuguan Street. It faces south and faces the water. The southeast is opposite to Jiayintang across the river, and the west is opposite the Changqiao Bridge. Qian Qinqin, Tongli, the first year of the Republic of China (AD 1912) purchased the old house of Gu’s “Western House”, with a foyer, main hall, front building, back building, kitchen and so on. Although less than one acre, the building is small, but very compact and refined.

Tong li ancient town


Located at the Yujiakoukou of Zhuxing Street, it was built in the 11th year of the Republic of China (1922), with four entrances and beautifully carved doors and windows. The homeowner Liu Bingnan, a native of Beibei, set up an oil workshop before the Luxu, and moved to Tongli to build a house. He consumed a total of 220,000 silver. With the poet Liu Yazi the same sect.

The main building is imitation of the Ming Dynasty structure, commonly known as the “silk hat hall.” Because the beam head eucalyptus is like the cap of the Ming Dynasty official cap, hence the name. The courtyard is large and spacious, solemn and solemn. The center of both sides of the five beams is engraved with the “eight horses”, and the ends of the beams are engraved with “phoenix wearing peony”. The bottom of the beam is engraved with patterns such as “satisfaction” and “must be high school”. The “Mao Cap Wings” (that is, the beam heads of the elm) are engraved with eight operas, such as the “Ancient City Club, the Three Kingdoms, and the Lu Bu” in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The image is realistic and ready to go. This group of openwork is included in the “Chinese Opera, Suzhou Volume”.

Tong li ancient town

Third bridge

Refers to Taiping Bridge, Geely Bridge and Changqing Bridge. Taiping Bridge, spanning Dongliu, two lacquer characters, beam type. The Geely Bridge spans the lacquered characters and two plaques. It is located in the middle of Taiping Bridge and Changqing Bridge, arched bridge, and there are bridges on both sides of the bridge. Changqing Bridge, commonly known as Xiejiaqiao, crosses Dongliu, and two gongs, the old name Fujian Bridge, also known as Guangli Bridge.

Tong li ancient town


Built in the 11th to 13th year of the Guangxu reign (1885—1887). Pavilions, terraces, buildings, pavilions, galleries, squares, bridges, plaques, halls, halls, houses, and porches are all available. The pool is the center and the buildings are like floating water.

The inner house is built with two buildings in the north and the south (the tenth floor and the tenth floor in total). The main name of the garden is the tower, which is the place where the owner and the family live. The two floors are connected by the “Walk House” corridor, with a long window on the north and south, and the bottom of the fifth floor is hanging down, and the corridors are connected, elegant and open. There are stairs on both sides of the retreat, and there is no waterway on rainy days. It can be shaded on sunny days, and it can be avoided when the main servants go up and down. There are also a number of rooms under the floor for the waiter to use. The inner house is the owner of the garden and the treasure is heavy. Therefore, the Shikumen on both sides of the house are made of clear water bricks to prevent fire andft. The fire door of the brick and wood structure is said to be in the Ming and Qing Dynasties buildings in the same place. Only these two are still the original ones, and all of them are copied in the near world.

Tong li ancient town


The town area is listed in 1 World Cultural Heritage, 3 state-level cultural relics protection units (Retreat Garden, Lize Girls’ School, Geng Le Tang), and 2 provincial-level cultural relics protection units (Tongli Town, Chen’s former residence); There are 16 municipal-level cultural relics protection units and 13 municipal-level cultural control units. The third cultural relics survey found 82 unmovable cultural relics and disappeared into 8 places.

Three international forums, such as the “Chinese-English Heritage Protection Forum”, the “World Cultural Heritage Education Base Seminar” and the “Protection and Development of Ancient Towns”, have been held in Tongli, and the “Tongli Model” of ancient town protection and utilization has been caused. The attention of experts at home and abroad has become a case of their academic discussions. “As an important window for international exchanges, the concept of ancient town protection in Tongli and the human feelings behind the protection of ancient towns are worth learning from,” said Mark.

There are many cultural relics in Tongli Ancient Town. The well-preserved Ming and Qing Dynasties buildings amount to 65,000 square meters, accounting for 61% of the total construction area. In the late 1970s, Tongli initiated the protection of cultural heritage. The town first started to understand the family, invited Tongji University and relevant experts from the provincial and municipal construction and cultural departments to conduct a comprehensive and systematic investigation of the historical blocks, traditional houses and cultural relics of the town, and to find out the protection of cultural relics. The status quo, and the establishment of electronic files for dynamic management.

Tong li ancient town

Travel guide

Travel information


Depart from Shanghai, take the bus at Shanghai Railway Station, the number of trains is more, the EMU is about half an hour, and the other trains are 1 to 2 hours. From Nanjing, you can drive to Suzhou for an hour and a half, and other trains take longer than 2-5 hours. If you are traveling, it is not recommended. Departing from Hangzhou, there are fewer trains, it takes two and a half hours, and other trains are slower. It is best to take a bus.

After arriving at Suzhou Railway Station, take the shuttle bus directly to Tongli in the train station square, every 20 minutes, the fare is 8 yuan, and the journey is 45 minutes. I played about 80 yuan.


Shanghai – Tongli
Shanghai to Tongli traffic is very convenient and there are many choices. You can choose to go directly by car, or you can transfer to Suzhou to go to Tongli.
Direct: Shanghai Hutai Road Bus Terminal: Every day at 1:30 pm, there is a straight hair in the same car.
Qingpu Bus Station: There are many shifts to Tongli. The last bus to return to Qingpu at Tongli Bus Station is around 16:00. The city can take the Huqing Line to Qingpu Bus Station.
Shanghai – Suzhou: Shanghai Hongqiao Airport: Direct air-conditioned car, 10:00-19:00, every hour, one and a half hours.
Shanghai Bus Station (on the side of the train station): Directly to Suzhou South Bus Station. One bus every 15 minutes. The journey takes about 2 hours.
Nanjing – Tongli: You can take the express bus to Suzhou first. Nanjing Central Gate Bus Terminal: Departs every 30 minutes to Suzhou South Bus Station for 2 hours.
Hangzhou – Tongli: Hangzhou North Bus Station, 7:50, 10:40, 13:20, there is a straight hair in the same car, you can also take the high-speed bus from Hangzhou East Bus Station to Suzhou, every 30 minutes, 2 hours of travel.
Suzhou – Tongli: Suzhou South Bus Station: 10 trains a day, running water, 35 minutes by car; Suzhou Wuxian Bus Station: every 15 minutes, drive: 35 minutes. Suzhou Railway Station Square: every 20 minutes, drive: 45 minutes.
Zhouzhuang – Tongli: There are two ways to go from Zhouzhuang to Tongli. The waterway sees the same water transport below.
Land: The west side of Zhouzhuang has a minibus to Tongli, which can be reached in half an hour. The Jubao Bridge in the west of Zhouzhuang comes out about 300 meters west. There is a long-distance crossing station on the road, going to Tongli. Long-distance cars pass here, every half hour (usually no car after 5 or 6 o’clock in the afternoon).

Ancient town honor

On November 17, 2017, Tongli Ancient Town was awarded the top ten ancient villages and towns that were most popular among netizens in 2017.

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