Tongli is a small water town outside of Suzhou, known as Little Venice. The best way to get around is, obviously, to hire a boat and a gondolier to maneuver through the canals.Â Below are a few thousand words. There are plenty of boats to take you around, Tongli isn't a huge tourist destination, yet. I think they are trying to make this into a resort town, which seems a little odd. But I saw several renderings of resorts and condos featuring some very happy German Looking families in the renderings.
All boats come with a Chinese Gondolier. She was strong and somewhat intimidating, and I said "xie xie" a lot.
Tongli is still very simple and traditional. But this water seemed a little dirty to do your laundry in.
We had just eaten crayfish 30 minutes before I took this photo. They came out of the dirty river, and were sitting here alone (aside from the flies) for god knows how long. Bon Apetit.
Just some roofs.
"Healthy citizens, happy families and harmonious socicty (sic)". My favorite sign in all of China, it makes communism seem so quaint.
And then in the middle of this quaint and simple old town, I ran into this sign:
Hmm, restaurant, garden, toilet, sex museum....which one should I visit?
Yep, that one!
Well, there goes that stereotype.
This one was titled "Women's Dependence."
Dick in bush. These captions write themselves.
Number one is supposed to read "after the death of husbands". But the reduction of men to a sex object through this typo is great. And the dildo selection at this museum was impressive. There were double headed dildos made of stone dating back 2000 years. There were also some other very bizarre sexual contraptions that my innocent mind has never even dreamed of, such as a saddle with a giant steel dick welded onto it. I was later told that this was a torture device. Sexy.
Words can't describe how much I miss those Jackie-O Chanel sunglasses.
There are strange things about this museum. The first is the location. This really seems like a sleepy, conservative, traditional town. The fact that there is a very freaky sex museum within it is confusing. You expect it in Amsterdam, LA...the debaucherous cities. But Tongli?