七里山塘 Seven-mile-long Shantang

 

中國歷史文化名街——七里山塘 

山塘街位於古城蘇州的西北部,東連“紅塵中一、二等富貴風流之地”閶門,西接“吳中第一名勝”虎丘,全長約3600米,為西元825年中國唐代大詩人白居易任蘇州刺史時募工鑿河堆堤而成。由於其獨特的地理位置和優越的水陸交通條件,山塘街曾是明清時期中國商貿、文化最為發達的街區之一,被譽為“神州第一古街”。修復的山塘街市蘇州古城自然與人文景觀精粹之所在,堪稱“老蘇州的縮影,吳文化的視窗”。街道呈水陸並行、河街相鄰的格局,建築精緻典雅、疏朗有致,街面店肆林立,會館聚集,再現了山塘街的盛世繁華。有民歌唱到:“上有天堂,下有蘇杭。杭州有西湖,蘇州有山塘。兩處好地方,無限好風光。”這便是對山塘街的生動寫照。

時長: 12分鐘

Historical Culture Street in China: Seven-mile-long Shantang


Located northwest of the ancient city of Suzhou, Shantang Street was once one of the most developed commercial, trade and culture street blocks of China in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.  Shantang Street is now known as the “epitome of the old Suzhou, and the window to the culture of the Wu region”.  The street features fine and graceful densely-built buildings with a waterway running between t hem.  These buildings are now filled with shops, much like the bustling sight of the Shantang Street in its heyday.

Duration: 12 minutes