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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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  • While the old style Chinese market environment is truly charming, the new commercialisation using loud music and noise generally to attract custom is distracting to say the least. Worth a visit but th...  more »
  • It's an old street, must be the city of 1000 years ago. Most of the buildings still look very beautiful, but I think most of the shop are not match with the building, and many of the slogans outside n...  more »
  • We took a stroll down Pingjiang Road after visiting the Humble Administrator's Garden. It is a canal side road where some of the old Suzhou has been kept but it is now very much for tourists. Had a lo...  more »