Location: Jinting Town, Wuzhong District, Suzhou
Founding Time: Before the Yuan Dynasty
Tangli Village, also named Li Tang or Si Hao, is located in Shuiyue Dock of Piaomiao Peak. The village gradually came into being after a large family of Xu’s settling down in late Song dynasty. In the Ming and Qing dynasty, it was the place where the township government of Changshou County had been set up. During the reign of Emperor Qianlong and Emperor Jiaqing in the Qing dynasty, the village turned out to be the most flourishing. For the reason of numerous grand courtyards and most of them built a hall (‘tang’ in Chinese), it was named Tangli. On the back side of the village lays the vast Lake Tai surrounded by overlapping mountains, presenting a magnificent landscape.
From Shuiyue Dock to the port in Tangli Village flows a mountain stream with 2 kilometers in length and 3 meters in width, across which a bridge was built throughout the street center. To the north of the bridge stands Wenchang Pavilion. The cross-shaped street which is 2,000 meters long from north to south and 1,500 meters long from east to west, was paved with long bricks, presenting a neat and refined look. Alongside the street, there are architectures like Donggeng Building, Nangeng Building and Xigeng Building. More than twenty existing residences were built in Qing dynasty such as Renben Hall, Rongde Hall, Qinyuan Hall, Chongde Hall, Liben Hall, Legeng Hall, Suizhi Hall and Ningde Hall.