Suzhou Market Street
Suzhou Market Street
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Stephen G
Townsville, Australia579 contributions
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May 2019 • Couples
Suzhou Market Street is a little way in from the North Gate to the Summer Palace (take Metro Line 4 to Beigonmen Station and the entrance is about 150m to your left - follow the crowds). It is at the base of Longevity Hill.
It was built to imitate the water towns which were to be found along the Yangtse River and was built by the Emperor Qianlong mainly as a place where his concubines could pretend to shop in 'shops' clustered around a waterway. It is about 300m long (the shops are on both sides of the waterway which you cross via an arched bridge) and contains about 200 shops most of which are now dedicated to catering for tourists. Somewhat surprisingly the prices for the souvenirs etc sold here are quite reasonable - perhaps a consequence of most of the tourists who visit being locals. We picked up a couple of things which were much more expensive elsewhere. Really worth a visit before you tackle Longevity Hill.
Written June 3, 2019
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