The Suzhou Street (蘇州街) in the Summer Palace (頤和園) was built to resemble the water towns in Suzhou with traditional shoplots along the (man-made) riverbank. Back in the olden days, during the emperor’s visit to the Summer Palace, the street “opens for business” with eunuchs and maids from the imperial palace playing vendors to entertain the emperor.
The admission ticket to Summer Palace doesn’t cover admission to Suzhou Street so a separate ticket is required. If you don’t have enough time to go walk around the street you can still view the street from atop the bridge.
When we went to Hangzhou, it was a pity we didn’t get to visit Suzhou which is just an hour+ away. So close yet so far. It was good for me to catch a glimpse of what Suzhou would have been like at the Summer Palace.
The Beijing bean paste noodles looked fancy from the menu so Gary ordered that. I didn’t expect the noodles to come the same way as the menu but it did! With all the condiments placed in separate little dishes that made a simple noodle dish look rather grand. Kind of thought they might just put all the condiments in one bowl together with the noodles !
Summer Palace Official Website