My 5: Tonggui Bridge – Suzhou, China.

Tonggui Bridge Shantang Street Suzhou Jiangsu Province China

1. December 2018. Championed as “The Venice of China”, the city of Suzhou is home to a network of beautiful canals and ancient bridges. Two of the most historical bridges, Hu Xiang Shi Bridge and Si Po Bridge, can be found on the cobbled pedestrian stretch of Pingjiang Road. The other, and perhaps the definitive canal bridge of Suzhou, lies here in a short alley running off Shantang Street.

Tonggui Bridge Shantang Street Suzhou Jiangsu Province China

2. December 2018. Straddling the Shantang River, Tonggui Bridge is a chunky, 19-metre single stone arch structure that features heavily in most city paintings and sketches sold around town.

Tonggui Bridge Shantang Street Suzhou Jiangsu Province China

3. December 2018. Tonggui Bridge translates as something like “the bridge leading you to riches and honor”, although all it actually led me to was an annoying woman trying to get me into her café for drinks and not taking no for an answer. The views over the canal are really pretty, with Bantang Bridge in the distance.

Tonggui Bridge Shantang Street Suzhou Jiangsu Province China

4. December 2018. It’s quite the challenge to build a My 5 solely upon a little bridge. So here’s the inevitable selfie to round things off. This is my take on the silly selfie pose the girl was doing next to me, a fairly typical selfie face here in China. As with the famous bridges on Pingjiang Road, it only takes half a dozen people for things to get cramped. So be prepared to sit back for a bit and let the traffic subside.

Tonggui Bridge Shantang Street Suzhou Jiangsu Province China

5. December 2018. Tonggui Bridge is an essential part of a stroll down ancient Shantang Street. In better weather I imagine it must be great to sit at one of the tables outside the cafes and soak up the view.

You can read more about this cool city with my travel guide to Suzhou, or maybe delve further afield with my stacks of 5s from across China.

I’ve been living, working and traveling all over the world since 2001, so why not check out my huge library of My 5s from over 30 countries.

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