Shantang Street
Shantang Street
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  • Kung Chhay P
    34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking in former Suzhou street
    Nice overview on Suzhou old street with river. Here you can rent clothes and dress up as it is in Han dynasty. It’s advised to visit end of afternoon if you want to enjoy day and night landscape.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Kemo P
    Lake Conjola, Australia83 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Summer boating Suzhou style
    Had heard before coming to Suzhou that any trip should include a visit to its famous canal streets of which Shantang Street was a unique highlight. Took the long slow ferry ride down the bustling street canal. Houses of the canal residences are so close to you, it’s a sort of China’s version of Venice minus the romance and glamour. As illustrated, side road shopping strip was teeming with summer visitors.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Maree R
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy
    It's busy and bustling. We walked up the main street and found a nice dumpling spot, lots of shops eateries and people. We then took a boat up the canal at the back of many houses and under bridges. Interesting place to people watch and wander.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2024
  • Fabian B
    Singapore, Singapore158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of walking but also lots of nice food to try out!
    Shan Tang Jie is a worthy place to visit, easily accessible by train. Take the train to ShanTangJie Station on the Red Line (Line 2). Come out via Exit No. 3 and you will be right next to it. Lots of scenery to see here, scenic rivers, ancient bridges, narrow walkways lined with shops on both sides selling all sorts of trinkets, food and drink. There are also costume shops where you may rent a costume for a few hours and have your picture taken while dressed up looking like someone from the 9th century. Try the ice cream that comes in a bamboo cup, it looked so pretty I put off eating it as long as I could resist. Wear comfy shoes as there is a lot of walking as well as boat rides. Nearby is another attraction worth visiting called the Tiger Hill Pagoda, about 400 metre walk from Shan Tang Jie.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 June 2024
  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore10,097 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy shopping areas but quite touristy!
    The Shantang Old Street is an ancient pedestrian street (or rather area separated by the highway into 2 sides) flanking Suzhou’s famous canals and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Spanning a length of over 3km through the heart of Suzhou’s old town, the street offers quintessential views of the area’s traditional architectural themed buildings, small little lanes, bucolic waterways and more. The area has retained its original layout for over 1200 years and features typical Suzhou-style houses with whitewashed walls and black tiles. The buildings are built on the banks of an ancient canal, where visitors can see the traditional wooden boats meander beneath arched stone bridges, the most famous of which is the scenic Tonggui Bridge. The streets and its buildings have been restored but retain their historic charm. Visitors can also take a cruise aboard a traditional wooden boat along the canal beside walking for a more leisurely and up and closed view of the neighborhood. The street is particularly scenic in the evening, especially when the red lanterns hung along the canal/trees get lighted up with their images reflected in the waters. Because of its history and atmosphere, Shantang Old Street is a popular destination for tourists and having said that, its touristy. Be prepared for crowds, especially in the evenings and on weekends and look after your belongings and also always bargain for prices if you buy more items.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2024
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Zfy Ed
Singapore, Singapore10,097 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The Shantang Old Street is an ancient pedestrian street (or rather area separated by the highway into 2 sides) flanking Suzhou’s famous canals and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Spanning a length of over 3km through the heart of Suzhou’s old town, the street offers quintessential views of the area’s traditional architectural themed buildings, small little lanes, bucolic waterways and more.

The area has retained its original layout for over 1200 years and features typical Suzhou-style houses with whitewashed walls and black tiles. The buildings are built on the banks of an ancient canal, where visitors can see the traditional wooden boats meander beneath arched stone bridges, the most famous of which is the scenic Tonggui Bridge. The streets and its buildings have been restored but retain their historic charm.

Visitors can also take a cruise aboard a traditional wooden boat along the canal beside walking for a more leisurely and up and closed view of the neighborhood. The street is particularly scenic in the evening, especially when the red lanterns hung along the canal/trees get lighted up with their images reflected in the waters.

Because of its history and atmosphere, Shantang Old Street is a popular destination for tourists and having said that, its touristy. Be prepared for crowds, especially in the evenings and on weekends and look after your belongings and also always bargain for prices if you buy more items.
Written 18 June 2024
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Fabian B
Singapore, Singapore158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Shan Tang Jie is a worthy place to visit, easily accessible by train. Take the train to ShanTangJie Station on the Red Line (Line 2). Come out via Exit No. 3 and you will be right next to it.

Lots of scenery to see here, scenic rivers, ancient bridges, narrow walkways lined with shops on both sides selling all sorts of trinkets, food and drink. There are also costume shops where you may rent a costume for a few hours and have your picture taken while dressed up looking like someone from the 9th century. Try the ice cream that comes in a bamboo cup, it looked so pretty I put off eating it as long as I could resist.

Wear comfy shoes as there is a lot of walking as well as boat rides. Nearby is another attraction worth visiting called the Tiger Hill Pagoda, about 400 metre walk from Shan Tang Jie.
Written 2 June 2024
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand1,181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It's busy and bustling. We walked up the main street and found a nice dumpling spot, lots of shops eateries and people. We then took a boat up the canal at the back of many houses and under bridges. Interesting place to people watch and wander.
Written 28 March 2024
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Kemo P
Lake Conjola, Australia83 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Had heard before coming to Suzhou that any trip should include a visit to its famous canal streets of which Shantang Street was a unique highlight. Took the long slow ferry ride down the bustling street canal. Houses of the canal residences are so close to you, it’s a sort of China’s version of Venice minus the romance and glamour. As illustrated, side road shopping strip was teeming with summer visitors.
Written 10 September 2023
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Kung Chhay P
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Nice overview on Suzhou old street with river. Here you can rent clothes and dress up as it is in Han dynasty. It’s advised to visit end of afternoon if you want to enjoy day and night landscape.
Written 28 August 2023
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Bruce S
Hat Head, Australia75 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The boat ride was interesting enough as a one-off experience but the old waterfront dwellings were all much of a muchness. We were close enough to the houses to narrowly miss being water-bombed by a resident tipping a bucket of dirty water into the canal! You can also get a good sighter of the Shantang Street canal from one of the bridges overhead.
Written 20 August 2023
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TOMOSUMIC
Trogir, Croatia816 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A wonderful modern industrial city.
Which has many big holiday companies.
And they preserved a part of the old city with many canals.
A lot of small souvenir shops and a lot of restaurants.
I was lucky that there was no crowd, because there is still no tourism like it was before the Corona virus.
And when it starts again, I believe it is not pleasant.
But that's part of life and tourist offers.
Written 6 May 2023
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,320 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
We thought this area was too busy and the items for sale were overpriced. The views can be nice when you are not fighting for positioning for photographs. There are some areas that are not too busy but again the shops are a bit pricy for the offerings.
Written 8 April 2021
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Easily accessed by metro. The streets by the canal are very narrow and congested with tourists. Many shops selling snacks, food, drinks, clothes and souvenirs. If you like peace and quiet, you may not enjoy jostling with the crowd here. We came during the May day holidays. Talk about timing! Came in late afternoon. You can take a boat ride on the canal.
Written 5 April 2020
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SZPlum
Ningbo, China80 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Just like half of Suzhou, no matter if resident or tourist that has just arrived, no foreigners can enter, only Chinese nationals. No explanation offered other than you need an appointment. When you try to make an appointment they tell you foreigners cannot make appointment, even with passport and proof of where you've been recently.

Virus causing people left and right to loose what little sense they may have had.
Written 7 March 2020
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