A Walk Along Shantang Street

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October 4th 2009
Published: October 5th 2009
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Shantang Street is the most famous ancient street in Suzhou, said to be almost 1200 years old, built in the Tang Dynasty in 825AD. The founder was Bai JuYi, a famous poet of the time. The canal along the back of the shops and houses is called the Shantang River. The area has been home to many famous Chinese people in the past. It was - and still is - an important business center. There were some famous buildings along the street, but the signs were all in Chinese, so I have NO idea what they were! The street runs between the Dusengqiao Bridge in the Changmen Gate business district and the Washanqiao Bridge near Tiger Hill. It is 4 to 4 1/2 miles long and we walked about 1 1/2 miles of it.
It was one of those areas that "overloaded" my senses being there for the first time! It's all so different, I never know which way to look first. Now, when I look back at my pictures, I wonder why I didn't take pictures of certain things, but I guess I was just too busy taking it all in! I really have none that show the old shopping area! If anyone is interested in seeing it, do a search for Shantang Street Suzhou and you'll find lots of pics online! I thought the canal side was much more picturesque.
This was only about a 10 min walk from our hotel and I was hoping we could get back at night, but we never did.

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The Grand TheatreThe Grand Theatre
The Grand Theatre

It looked like you could pay and dress up to have your photo taken here

Along Shantang Street, looked pretty, don't know what it is
Leah Leah

At newer are near end of street by entance gate. Our hotel, the Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou, is in the distance (with the orange roof).
Embroidery loomEmbroidery loom
Embroidery loom

This was in a little store in a newer arts section
Changmen GateChangmen Gate
Changmen Gate

I'm guessing at this identity because we were at the end where this is supposed to be!
Bridge Bridge

Maybe the Dusengqiao Bridge

This was a newer area at the end of Shangtang Street

These drivers must have needed a break!

This was in the middle of a parking lot near McDonalds between our hotel and Shantang Street

8th October 2009

Are the open-air red vehicles (with the drivers "on break") their taxis? I like the canal area - kind of like a boardwalk with all its unique shops, etc.
9th October 2009

Those are called pedicabs, they are an alternative to a taxi if you're going a shorter distance. Leah is planning to do a blog entry soon about the different types of transportation.

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