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Once upon a long time ago the world's longest canal, the Grand Canal, meandered for almost 1800km from Beijing to Hangzhou.

With depths up to 3m, banks that can narrow to less than 9m and stone bridges spanning the route, these days 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.

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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 a couple of really great places to stay!

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This picture was taken from the window of a restaurant. We got the big private aircon room at the back, not that we particularly care for rooms like that. And the aircon is usually too cold, anyway.

But: this room had a great view!

For this shot I used the window sill as tripod.

PP was applied, in fact a bit more than I usually do, mainly playing with levels, all very intuitively... I'll include the original in WS for those who wish to compare.

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