This lovely little street runs alongside a small river near the centre of Suzhou. Named a “cultural street” or “historic street” because of the typical ancient houses lining the street, there are also many modern features such as small bridges and mini pagodas – making it a very charming pedestrian street.

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All along the street and down the small alleyways branching off from it, you can buy the usual tourist tat, local Chinese snacks or sit down meals in local restaurants.

I would say that although it is very picturesque, Pingjiang Street can feel rather touristy and commercialised. In particular, when I visited in the evening (admittedly during peak tourist season…) it was very crowded.

Although not a must-see in Suzhou, it makes a nice street to walk along if you’re passing through that way and feel like soaking up the vibrant atmosphere, eating some snacks or admiring the lights.

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7 thoughts on “Suzhou – Pingjiang Cultural Street

    1. Me too! Pingjiang street was very cute, unfortunately also very busy! Interestingly I don’t think I’ve ever properly explored small streets etc. in Europe – whenever I’ve travelled in Europe it’s always just been for a very short period of time, see all the main sights in a city then leave 😦 I’d love to spend some more time exploring someday 🙂 Anywhere in particular you would recommend?

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      1. What a question. I love that one. Italy and the south of france. They have the cute factor! Also towns in Germany. But I love the south and Greece aswell. The while mediterranen area!

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      2. Ooh, so many places to visit haha! I remember a short visit to Italy with family several years ago, the old buildings were amazing! Ah, everyone says the South of France and Greece are both very beautiful and warm – definitely on my list! Thanks so much for the suggestions 🙂

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