How to Visit Pingjiang Road in Suzhou

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Plan your Suzhou tour? You cannot afford to miss the stroll along Pingjiang Road (平江路) in Suzhou! The name “Pingjiang Road” originated from the old city name of Suzhou – “Pingjiang”. This 800-year old street is the best preserved ancient “water lane” ( in contrast with “water town”) in Suzhou. It is a 1600 meters long street set alongside with a north-south canal, starting from East Beita Road (北塔东路) in the noerth to East Ganjiag Road (干将东路) in the south.

People often choose to walk along Pingjiang Road after visiting either the Humble Administrator’s Garden (拙政园) or the Lion Forest Garden (狮子林) since Pingjiang Road is located just a 10 minute-walk from both of them.

Let’say if you are going to visit Pingjiang Road after your visiting the Lion Grove Garden, you exit from Lion Grove Garden, then you walk across Yuanlin Road (园林路), to the  east, and come to the street named “Pingjiang Road” running parallel to Yuanlin Road to the west. You walk down south along Pingjiang Road and across Beita Road further to the pedestrian section of Pingjiang Road (about 1600m long from north to south).

You cannot find a better place in China in which modernity and tradition match hand in hand. The 1600-meter cobblestone path runs alongside with a canal with willows dipping their branches in the water, cute little bridges that cross and all flanked by old white-washed local houses. The paddle boats rows on the canal while people stroll along the cobblestone path.

There are eccentric cafes, quirky  postcard shops, beautiful restaurants, lovely jewelry shops and roadside food vendors. people are sitting at wonderful teahouses, drinking at trendy cafes, tasting food at stalls, or just looking at the windows of stylish shops.

If you are tired of the makeover studios and hordes of tourists, duck down some of the back lanes or side streets that branch off from the main cobblestone path for a glismpse of the slow-paced local life. What a romantic place to spend the day!

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Follow me to walk the Pingjiang Road.

Walking from the north start of Pingjiang Road with the canal on the right side of the cobblestone path.

Walking from the north start of Pingjiang Road

 A small section of the cobblestone path is lined with traditional white-washed houses on its two sides.

A small section of the cobblestone path is lined with traditional white-washed houses on its two sides.

 The north start of the Pingjiang Road is also the Rowing Dock’s paddle boat fleet.

The north start of the Pingjiang Road is also the Rowing Dock’s paddle boat fleet

 A teahouse flanks the canal.

A teahouse flanks the canal.

A side street that juts out from the main cobblestone path. The canal is flanked by the white-washed house and the cobblestone path.

The canal is flanked by the white-washed houses and the cobblestone path.

 The Celeste House, a traditional house turned boutique hotel.

The Celeste House, a traditional house turned boutique hotel.

 A quirky bookstore.

A quirky bookstore.

A paddle boat rows on the canal fanked by the cobblestone path and the old white-washed housed.
A young couple being photographed for wedding photos.

A young couple being photographed for wedding photos.

A local white-washed house. The old local house turned teahouse by the canal.

The old local house turned teahouse by the canal.

A vendor sells local flavor snacks. Suzhou Midtown Youth Hostel. 

Suzhou Midtown Youth Hostel

A cute bridge straddles the canal

A cute bridge stradles the canal

 A beautiful restaurant

A beautiful restaurant

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