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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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  • Always looking for oddities Chinese, we cannot miss also in Suzhou a known to be a destination for curious, both tourists and locals. No shortage of street food stalls, shops, and invite you to watch and try to understand what proposes trader on duty.
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  • I came here to what the street can offer as this is the first place i was asked if I’ve been here since it’s my first time in Suzhou (also first time in China ). It’s about 10mins walk from Xiangmen s...  more »
  • Known as the Venice of the Orient seems to be. Waterways and old town and the Venetian was. (Never was on Venezia...) It was like China of a decade ago as a more honest opinion often comes out to Chinese film. Feeling of the countryside has been in the good sense, and also different from the Shanghai City good taste to it. Boutiques cafés and souvenir shops along the flat River Road, the fun is.
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