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Suzhou’s Shan Tong Street

 2013-07-10    lyla    Sights    Suzhou    6872  

Shan Tong Street is located in the ancient city of Suzhou, amongst the many alleys in Suzhou, Shan Tong Street, has been acclaimed as “Suzhou’s First Street.” The “Fenqiangdaiwa” traditional style of Shan Tong Street fully reflects the integrity of historic features.
Shan Tong Street, is a 1,100 years old street and has the most representative pattern of the characteristics of Suzhou streets.

When the night comes, Shan Tong Street is alive with lights which emphasizes the beauty of the historic street. Many tourists come especially at night just to see the night scene.

Along the Shan Tong Street,there are teahouses where you can enjoy Kunqu. Kunqu was listed as one of the masterpieces of the oral and intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001. Kunqu is one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera and basically dominated Chinese theatres from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

This traditional housing on Shan Tong Street is still home to many residents and as a water city the whole neighborhood still retains the traditional folk activities from generation to generation that fully embodies the historical continuity of life. 

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