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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. Use our Suzhou trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Pingjiang Road and other attractions in Suzhou.
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  • We walked the length of Pingjiang and did find some really nice spots to appreciate the canals and the buildings. It would be better served if they did not have any vehicle traffic as the motorbikes c...  more »
  • Shops are nice. Fun to explore but many duplications, touristy. Too many scooters weaving among the people. Should be closed to just walking 
  • The canals and the buildings right next to them are picturesque. Lots of tourists and tacky gift shops.