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Pingjiang Road | Pingjiang Historic Street

With the length of 1,606 meters, Pingjiang Road parallels with Pingjiang River. The typical houses of ancient Suzhou with white walls and black tiles are standing by the street, simple and unsophisticated. Today, the old town of Suzhou centred around Pingjiang Road in the northeast, remains little changed since Song Dynasty, some 800 years ago.

For many centuries, Pingjiang Road has been a center of Suzhou's cultural life. The street is lined with bookshops and local opera theaters. There are also many teahouses, where people gather for performances of Suzhou Pingtan, an elegant performance of storytelling and ballad singing in Suzhou dialect. Besides, the Pingtang Museum and Kunqu Opera Museum and School are along the road.

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Pingjiang Road A handicraft shop at Pingjiang Road

Walking along the street, you'll see punt-style boats down the Grand Canal that runs alongside it. As they pass, you can hear the boaters, mostly in traditional garment, singing traditional Chinese songs to their passengers. You'll soon find a unique leisurely lifestyle here.

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Pingjiang Road Bookstore hidden at a lane

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