Pingjiang Road
Pingjiang Road
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
We came here in the late afternoon/ early evening before they closed the road. Nice walk beside a small canal. Still plenty of people in the area. Lots of old buildings converted to tea houses and shops selling souvenirs, food, snacks, coffee etc. You get a feel of the old Suzhou and the laid back atmosphere.
Written April 5, 2020
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore7,439 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A must visit. It is a relatively short stretch but packed with restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, historical buildings and lovely bridges.

It can get quite crowded, and there are many couples and girls who dress up in style of olden days to take photos. This is also a good location to try the famous dish, sweet and sour squirrel fish, which is artfully sliced and then fried. They also have dong po pork, which is delicious.
Written June 1, 2024
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Fabian B
Singapore, Singapore158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Not far from the Humble Administrator's Garden is Ping Jiang Road. This place is a must visit if you are a tourist. A lot like Shan Tang Jie, this place is a whole lot busier with more shops and more delicacies to try out. From the Humble Administrator's Garden, walk along YuanLin Road, past the Lion Grove Garden then turn right at the next intersection onto Shi Lin Si Lane. Keep walking until you cross the river and you will have arrived at Ping Jiang Road. The distance should be about 300 metres.

Many shops to check out here, be sure to try the local delicacies, especially the locally brewed alcohol, has a strong fruity taste to it! There's also meat on skewers, fried cuttlefish, diced fruit, rice crackers (really filling these are!).

If you tired from all the walking, there are trishaws that you can take to get to a nearby train station, the nearest one i saw on the map was Beisita, the fare is about RMB10. Beware though, the trishaw riders will try to scam you, one of them quoted me RMB50, inclusive of "admission fees" into the North Monastery Pagoda, another quoted me RMB20. I negotiated mine down to RMB10 from RMB20.
Written June 2, 2024
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Travel Trooper 194
Hong Kong, China307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Wonderful street to walk down to get a feel of old Suzhou. Lots of tea shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and souvenirs shops to browse. Great place to people watch as lots of locals love to wear traditional Han clothing while walking around the street
Written March 23, 2020
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JS&BS
Manchester, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We visited this area the day after a trip to Tongli and found it to be a much easier location for visitors to access. A few minutes walk from a metro station and well signposted.
Only Negative was the number of bikes and scooters in the pedestrian area.
Written January 10, 2020
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Lots of shops, beautiful traditional buildings and nice street art. They even had singing boat operators. If you're looking for good food in this area try Finland Home Cafe.
Written April 8, 2021
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Yifei C
Suzhou, China7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Pingjiang Road, an old traditional commercial street. visit here is a necessary link when you are in Suzhou. Here retain the architectural style of ancient times. you can see all kinds shops over here, Suzhou traditional snakes and toys, old collections, traditional restaurants, hotels and so on. I would stronglty suggest traveller to book an hotel in the alley, lay down your gears, head out and enjoy the prosperous old Suzhou. You will found the fashion of the old Suzhou.
Written April 1, 2021
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Jo-Ann
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia17,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Great big area of shops after shops! There are lots of restaurants, souvenir shops, museum, boutiques, hotels, tea shops, wine shops, snack shops, and even Starbucks! Lots to see. Lots to photograph. Do spend a day and evening there for day and night are 2 very different feelings there.
Written November 5, 2020
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Roddy P
Johannesburg, South Africa927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Its a charming walk after visiting the gardens of the Humble Administrator. Its full of little shops, lots of street food places (go to the ones with the long ques of the locals as they will serve the best of what ever they are serving) and a lovely canal with ancient stone bridges.

Great way to see some better arts and crafts and get a sense of the locals at play.
Written April 4, 2023
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chinkinthearmour
Montreal, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Solo
I went on a cold afternoon and evening in March 2013. Contrary to one review, I did not find it accessible by metro but it was accessible by pedicab and taxi. The Pingjiang district is one of the most historic in Suzhou and indeed in all of China. The tourist part of Pingjiang Street runs along one side of a canal between Bai Ta Dong Lu and the Ganjiang Canal and Road. It takes about half an hour to walk from one end to the other, but much more if you stop at some of the dozens of shops and restaurants. Suzhou is generally ill equipped for foreigners who do not speak Chinese. I speak and read a fair amount and even I find the lack of a map in pinyin and of a comprehensive guide in English very daunting, in addition to the fact that most staff in hotels seem to speak nothing but Chinese, and that often in a heavy regional accent. Nevertheless, there are signs in this street, and even a map or two, with translations in English and French. After having travelled for many years in many parts of China, I still find Suzhou however to be one of its most attractive cities. It has lost much of its beauty and character, but it retains far more than most of the others. And Panjiang Road encapsulates much of the refinement, the elegance and the mystery that many visitors to China seek in vain in say Shanghai, only half an hour away. Almost all the shops sell handicrafts, clothes and other items of interest to visitors or indeed sinophiles, and almost none sell cheap souvenirs. Some boast the handiwork of highly honoured artists. The prices can be high but often they are lower than elsewhere in Suzhou, especially near the Humble Administrator's Garden, and the quality of the silk, the pottery, the wood carvings and the paintings is generally extremely high. There are good hotels and youth hostels either facing the street or in lanes issuing from it. There are at least three shops selling extremely traditional Suzhou pastries, which are famous all over China. I dined at the Fish and Rice Epic Restaurant, which serves very authentic and delicious local dishes very cheaply. It has a pleasant atmosphere and staff and a menu in English and Chinese with photographs of the dishes in colour. I recommend this street to any visitor seeking the flavour of traditional China and Suzhou without most of the tedium of negotiating through the majority of Chinese streets. Although scooters and bicycles are a nuisance, there is no vehicular traffic and especially in the evening there is almost a hush that renders the atmosphere magical. This is not a theme park. Nearly all the buildings are old and many are ancient and magnificent, especially in the lanes extending from the street. The street is full of relaxed locals as well as tourists, and it is contains much to attract almost anyone, from children to the old and of any level of knowledge of Chinese life and culture. It is particular suitable for visitors who want to make the most of their time in a few hours, as one can sample there almost everything that Suzhou is famous for. There is even the Couple's Garden near by.
Written March 13, 2013
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