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How to Visit Guanqian Street in Suzhou

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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Plan your Suzhou tour? Suzhou has a century old street known as “Guanqian Street”(观前街). After having visited some big tourist draws in Suzhou, you may stroll along Guanqian Street to have a real feel of the local life.

Guanqian Street literally means “a street before a Taoist temple”. Guanqian Street is named after a Taoist temple called “Xuanmiao Temple”(玄妙观). This Taoist temple has a long history dating back to 276AD and it was originally built in the Western Jin Dynasty. 

Guanqian Street was renovated and widened in 1930 during the republic era. On June 1982, it was designated as “Pedestrian Street”, a night market as well by the local Suzhou Government. The street has been reputed as one of the best known walking streets in China including Wangfujing Street in Beijing, Nanjing Road in Shanghai and Fuzimiao in Nanjing.

Guanqian Street is located in the city center of Suzhou with a length of 760 meters from east to west. The street can be divided into three sections: east section ( teeming with old buildings), middle section ( the temple itself) and the west section (trendy shops and restaurants).

There are a bunch of time-honored shops like Songhelou, Caizhizhai, Sanwanchang, Deyuelou and Huangtianyuan. A slew of fashionable stores, chic shops and quality restaurants line the street. The street has become a pastime, a must see attraction in Suzhou. Your Suzhou trip is incomplete if you miss the street.

You can bus it since there are numerous bus lines running past Guanqian Street: Tourist Bus line Bus 1、2、4; Public Bus 1、101、102、103、33、38、313、146 and the list could be much longer. You may walk to Guanqian Street which is walking distance within the city proper of the old Suzhou city.

Best visit time: from 10:00am to 9:00pm

Guanqian Pedestrian Street is just ahead of Xuanmiao Taoist Temple.

Guanqian Pedestrian Street is just ahead of Xuanmiao Taoist Temple.

East Section of Guanqian Street lined with old buildings.

East Section of Guanqian Street lined with old buildings

West Section of Guanqian Street teeming with modern and chic shops and restaurants.

West Section of Guanqian Street teeming with modern and chic shops and restaurants

The KFC ads dominate some area around Guanqian Street.

The KFC ads dominate some area around Guanqian Street

The Century-old Restaurant Deyuelou

A century-old Restaurant Deyuelou

A time-honored restaurant Zhuhongxing

A time-honored restaurant Zhuhongxing

 
Palatable steamed buns with minced pork fillings at Zhuhongxing Restaurant.

 

Palatable steamed buns with minced pork fillings at Zhuhongxing Restaurant

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