Although long outshined by Zhouzhuang, Tongli has a similar history and natural scenery, but is much less crowded. The well-preserved waterside town also has a history of more than 1,000 years. Tongli is divided into seven islands intersected by 15 canals. Because of the landscape, almost all of the buildings in the town are along the waterfront. In front of the buildings, small stairs leading to the canals were built, which are convenient for residents to wash clothes and for travelling around the town by boat. This trip will give you a great insight to how life once was on The Grand Canal. The day includes a gondola ride and visits to the ancient gardens Tuisi Garden and lane ways.
The “Ancient China Sexual Cultural Museum” in Tongli explores more than 6,000 years of human sexuality in this most unique of museums. It features a large collection of historic and erotic artwork and artefacts relating to sexual culture. With more than 3,500 pieces, the collection ranges from stone and jade sculptures, antique sex toys, fertility idols, porcelain figures and paintings. The pieces are organized into various categories, including the evolution of sex, sexuality in religion, development of the marriage system, sexual oppression of women, erotica and sexual health. Parts of this world-famous collection had previously been shown to great acclaim in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Yokohama, Melbourne, Seoul, New York, Rotterdam, and Berlin.