Yes it's a tiny bit commercial these days, but a walk down this street is worth it. Good on your way to or from Master of the Nets or IM Pei-designed museum.
Parallel to Pingjiang Canal, you can find this street by turning right when exiting the Humble Administrator's Garden. The first intersection is Pingjiang Road; you can check it out by walking a short distance and looking for the sign about Pingjiang Canal. It doesn't look special at this point, but the further south you go, the more restaurants and shops... More
Great little pedestrian way tucked into old Suzhou, with varieties of retailers & foods, ancient and modern, a wonderful area to stay in or near, and close to the rest of the city via subway or bus connections. Scooter traffic is a big distraction; maybe they will eliminate the scooters some day and leave the street to peaceful pedestrians. Don't... More
It's almost a wonder how different this city can look when you go a bit away from the main traffic zones. Very authentic feel and look on this small walking street going next to one of the city canals. Stone plated road, lots of small shops and restaurants. Take your time and walk through it. It's lot less noisy and... More
In Suzhou, there are a lot of MUST for tourists. Gardens are certainly a big part, and they worth your visit and taking photos, but historically they were residences of big officials and politicians. That's why they are luxury. Pingjiang Road is another MUST with equal value for your visiting and feeling, maybe more. Here you get a picture of... More
If you take time to enjoy the sights, the food, and maybe the people as well, you will love this place. We stayed two nights at the Pingjiang Kodge, a good base to explore the narrow alleys. There was a museum displaying Kunju Opera, an ancient operatic art form we found fascinating, a tavern where an opera singer displayed her... More
This is actually a narrow pedestrian lane, with the occasional cyclist or scooter rider. It's long and is flanked on one side by neat little shops and cafes, with a lot of homes that face a canal. At night - well, anytime, really - it is romantic and laid back. If you go during the day in the warmer months... More
Pingjiang Lu is a great way to rest from the beautiful gardens visits. First of all it is free (while tickets to gardens can be quite costly) and you can have a great feeling about the town as it is used to be in the old days (Pingjiang Lu is going along one of the waterways). In Pingjiang Lu you... More
Fantastic to wander the markets and stalls - be aware of personal space with Chinese sellers - they don't have any!!! You can buy from all end of the market here with a huge variety of everything - and also same same!! Worth returning to visit more as we have been 4 times now and every visit is different.
This place should be preserved. Checked yourself into one of a few lodges around. There are a few cafes, including one that can post cards/letters home. Also, eat snacks like the locals do at the many food stalls. Walking distance to Humble Administrator's garden and the shopping street.
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