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Tongli Transportation

The water town of Tongli lies 105 kilometers (65 miles) from Shanghai. Several direct buses travel from Shanghai to Tongli (2 hours). Buses leave Shanghai Stadium (Shanghai Tiyuguan) (Tel: 021 6426 5555) and Hongkou Football Stadium (Hongkou Zuqiuchang) (Tel: 021 5696 3248) at 8:30 a.m. every day. Remember to book tickets in advance. Also, a 1:35 p.m. bus to Tongli departs the Long-distance Bus Station at the intersection of Zhongshan Bei Lu and Hutai Lu every day (Tel: 021 5653 8590 / 5652 4263 / 5653 8064).

Some passengers travel first to Suzhou and then transfer to Tongli, just 18 kilometers (11 miles) away. Suzhou's three bus stations all operate routes to Tongli. Buses depart Suzhou South Bus Station (Tel: 0512 6577 6577) every 20-30 minutes from 7:10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.; every half an hour, Tongli-bound buses leave Suzhou Wuzhong Qu Bus Station (Tel: 0512 6525 1088) from 7:10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Suzhou North Bus Station (Tel: 0512 6577 6577) operates buses once an hour from 7:25 a.m. to 5:25 p.m.

Daily trains run from the Shanghai Railway Station (Tel: 021 6317 9090/9510 5123) and Shanghai South Railway Station (Tel: 021 6451 1039) to Suzhou (1 hour). From Suzhou, passengers take a bus to Tongli (30 minutes).