We just spent a weekend in Tongli - it's a small town west of Shanghai with a maze of small canals and old stone houses. Despite the bitter cold a happy wedding group set off to the ear-splitting sound of hundreds of confetti fire-crackers, followed by an entourage of friends and family as they walked beside the canal on their way to good food and a day of celebration.
Now, in Tongli there are 49 stone bridges criss-crossing the canals, but three are particularly famous - the Taiping (peace) bridge, the Jili (luck) bridge and the Changqing (celebration) bridge. Newlyweds should walk over all three to guarantee a long and harmonious marriage filled with good fortune.
Labels: firecrackers, Tongli, water towns, weddings