Along the Back Lake, Suzhou Market Street (Suzhoujie) design imitates the ancient style of shops on the banks of rivers in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province. The area served as an entertainment place where Emperors and concubines could feel as if they were strolling on a commercial street. When the royals went there, eunuchs and maids of honour would play-act as peddlers, customers and shop assistants to mimic market activities. It was burned to the ground by the Anglo-French Allied Forces in 1860 and restored in 1990. Suzhou Market StreetSuzhou Market Street

 

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