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Pingjiang Road, Suzhou

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Explore Pingjiang Road, which has been the city's center of cultural life for 800 years since the Song Dynasty. The road stretches for 1,606 m (5270 ft) parallel to the Pingjiang River and contains series of ancient sophisticated houses designed with characteristic black tiles and white walls. As you take a stroll along the historic road, visit artsy bookshops, museums, opera theaters, and especially teahouses, where locals perform Suzhou Pingtan--a form of Chinese musical narrative. You can also go on a boat ride down the Grand Canal, where traditionally dressed boaters sing their native songs. Watch for traffic, as scooters regularly whiz by close to sidewalks. To visit Pingjiang Road on your holiday in Suzhou, and find out what else Suzhou has to offer, use our Suzhou journey planning tool .
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  • Great way to spend an idle hour in suzhou. Start at one end and wander along the canal and when you get tired of the tourist shops, head down another canal and side alleys. Very picturesque.  more »
  • Spent a few days walking up and down this street, love the old feel of the place, with the canals and old buildings. Get off the street and find some small local places.  more »
  • Don’t think about coming here on weekend or holiday. The road is packed with people and it’s really hard to walk around comfortably. However, there are a few cafes on this road by the side of the rive...  more »

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