Photographer's Note

Inspired by some really fine Tongli pictures that ChrisJ posted here, I did some serious fossicking in my Chinese archives and came up with this one.


Once upon a long time ago the world's longest canal, meandered for almost 1800km from Beijing in the north all the way to Hangzhou in the south.

These days, with depths up to 3 metres and stone bridges spanning the route, canal use is restricted to fairly small, flat-bottomed vessels, and even then only parts of it are seasonally navigable.

The canal area in southern Jiangsu and northern Zhejiang has seen rapid economic development (what else is new?) and has become an economic stronghold in modern China.

Yet, in the midst of all this, pockets of authenticity survive, and many of them are now being promoted as tourist destinations.

They offer fascinating glimpses in the past, when economic growth somehow seemed to have more of a romantic ring to it.


Tongli is one of those famous old canal town, it's just a couple of hours north of Shanghai.

Most guidbooks mention it because its unique Chinese Sex Culture Museum, which is all very interesting, of course, but there is a lot more to this wonderful little town, plus: there are some really great places to stay!


This picture was taken while slowly cruising the canals and creeks of Tongli. Not intended to get your adrenaline level rising, but a nice way to pass a slow and languid afternoon.


song title reference: The Fall

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