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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.
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  • Interesting shops along the street. We walked from the Suzhou Museum end to our hotel in Guan Qian Street. The end near the museum have only a narrow end and there are still motorized vehicles using.....  more »
  • Old city narrow streets, boats 🚣‍♂️ in canals, souvenirs, clothe shops, drinks 🍷, coffee ☕️ shops, many type of snack. Definitely crowded in summer and surprisingly full during cold 🥶 winter days.....  more »
  • We spent a very pleasant afternoon exploring the shops and galleries in this UNESCO-recognized restored neighborhood. Not everything on sale is to a foreigner's taste but there's a age diverse range.....  more »
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