Shantang Jie, also known as Seven-Mile Shantang, is located in the northwest of Gusu District, in Suzhou Old Town. The street connects Changmen to the east and Huqiu to the west, and the total length of it is about 3.8 kilometers. In the Tang Dynasty, Bai Juyi, a famous poet and politician, started the project of building the dam and digging the canal along which the street is built. Shantang Jie has a long history about 1200 years.
There are lots of small shops selling souvenirs and handicrafts along Shangtang, plus outdoor cafes where visitors can sit and watch the boats go by on the canal. There are regular Chinese opera and Suzhou pingtan performances at the outdoor stage. There are also food stands with typical Suzhou snacks to be found in Shantang Jie, such as Pan-Fried Mantou, Suzhou styled Huntun, Xiaolongbao and more.
Many rich and colorful folk activities also take place at Shantang Jie, such as the dragon boat race, temple fairs, flower fairs, festival fairs, Chinese New Year's parades and more.
Admission fees and opening hours
Opening hours: 08:30-17:00 (Ticket sales stop at 16:30)
Admission: Admission to the street is free of charge. Boat trips 55 RMB (08:30-21:00), hand-rowed boat ship 80 RMB (08:30-17:00).
Special points of interest
Pan-Fried Mantou, Suzhou styled Huntun, Red Bean Dessert, Xiaolongbao.
Address, phone/contact person
Shantang Jie, Suzhou
Tel: 0512 6723 6980 (CN)
门票：街区不收费。游船 55元/人 (08:30-21:00)，手摇船80元/人 (08:30-17:00)。
电话：0512 6723 6980