Tongli, alternately Tong-Li (Chinese
Chinese character
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: 同里; Pinyin
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: Tónglǐ) is a town
Town (China)
When referring to political divisions of China, town is the standard English translation of the Chinese 鎮 . It is a fourth-level administrative unit, i.e...

 in Wujiang
Wujiang, Jiangsu
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 county, on the outskirts of Suzhou
Suzhou , previously transliterated as Su-chou, Suchow, and Soochow, is a major city located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province in Eastern China, located adjacent to Shanghai Municipality. The city is situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Taihu Lake and is a part...

. It is known for a system of canal
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s, it has been given the nickname "Venice of the East".

Tongli is half an hour away from Suzhou city. The place retains many of the features of an ancient Chinese town.


One of most notable attractions is the Retreat & Reflection Garden (退思园). In 2001, the Retreat & Reflection Garden was recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are several museums in Tongli. This is a wax museum describing the culture of China in the olden days, about marriage, the dynasties and others.

There is also an islet called "Luo Xing" islet to be traveled by ferry.

Jiayin Hall is also of note, and is the former home of Liu Yazi, an early 20th century actor known for his collection of gauze caps
Ming official headwear
The headwear of a Han Chinese official during Ming Dynasty China consisted of a black hat with two wing-like flaps of thin, oval shaped boards on each side called the wushamao...


In 2004, the China Sex Museum moved to Tongli from Shanghai
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