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10 Ways to Find Healing in Suzhou, China

Fodor's Logo By Marlise Kast-Myers of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 11: <p>Considered the "Venice of China," Suzhou sits in the center of the Yangtze River Delta, where gondolas ply narrow waterways lit by paper lanterns and shadowed by stone bridges. Base yourself in the Old Town District, with a layout that has remained unchanged for over 2,500 years. Spend a day in <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/asia/china/beijing-to-shanghai/things-to-do/sights/reviews/tongli-434771">Tongli</a>, one of eight water towns outside of Suzhou. On the banks of Taihu Lake, the town is divided into seven islets, linked by 15 canals and 47 bridges.</p><p>With its gardens, temples, and mansions, Tongli has served as a sanctuary for poets, painters, and Confucian scholars for over 1,000 years. Today, its spellbinding waterways are best explored by gondola, or by strolling through its willow-shaded alleys, where locals carry heavy loads on bamboo poles. Visitors can hire a gondola for about 70 RMB ($10 USD) for a 30-minute ride.</p><p><strong>Plan Your Trip:</strong> Visit <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/asia/china/beijing-to-shanghai/places/suzhou">Fodor’s Suzhou Guide</a></p>

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Considered the "Venice of China," Suzhou sits in the center of the Yangtze River Delta, where gondolas ply narrow waterways lit by paper lanterns and shadowed by stone bridges. Base yourself in the Old Town District, with a layout that has remained unchanged for over 2,500 years. Spend a day in Tongli, one of eight water towns outside of Suzhou. On the banks of Taihu Lake, the town is divided into seven islets, linked by 15 canals and 47 bridges.

With its gardens, temples, and mansions, Tongli has served as a sanctuary for poets, painters, and Confucian scholars for over 1,000 years. Today, its spellbinding waterways are best explored by gondola, or by strolling through its willow-shaded alleys, where locals carry heavy loads on bamboo poles. Visitors can hire a gondola for about 70 RMB ($10 USD) for a 30-minute ride.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Suzhou Guide

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