Suzhou Street @ Summer Palace, Beijing China

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Beijing China

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.  

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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.

Boat rides are available.
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Souvenirs in some of the shops.

We ate lunch at one of the eateries serving Jiangnan delicacies along the street and the food was surprisingly good!

The set up of the restaurant really made us felt like we were dining in the Qing Dynasty era!

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 !

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My Sichuan sour and spicey noodles was really scrumptious too.  The potato starch noodles was chewy ,bouncy and absorbing all the unaltered spiciness that had my nose running.

Crunchy wood ear mushroom in vinegar sauce.

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For a simple eatery, the menu is comprehensive from simple appetizers to the Peking duck.  Check out more of their items in the menu below 🙂

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More Info
Summer Palace Official Website




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