The Quanjin (Shanxi province) Guild Hall, also known as the Shanxi (northern Chinese province) Guild Hall, at No14 Zhangjia Alley, off Pingjiang Rd, was listed as the municipal cultural relics unit in 1963, and as a provincial cultural relics unit in 1982.
The Pingjiang Historic Quarter is located in the northeastern part of old Suzhou on a 116.5-hectare area, with the outer ring river to the east, Lindun Rd to the west, Ganjiang Rd to the south, and East Baita Rd to the north. The area has a 2,500-year history and the best-preserved cultural-protection zone of old Suzhou.
Thi sarea sits to the southwest of the old part of Suzhou, with the Wugong Pan-Pacific Grand Hotel and Xinshi Rd next door to the north, and the Huancheng River to the south. It contains three famous scenic spots – the Land-and-Water City Gates, Ruiguang Tower, and Wumen Bridge. The new Panmen scenic area officially opened to the public on Sept 23, 1999. When the APEC finance ministers meeting was held in Suzhou, in Sept 2001, the scenic area’s Sirui Hall was selected as the venue.
The Huancheng (around the city) River in Suzhou is a part of the old Grand Canal, encloses the city, and all its charm, like a jade belt. Suzhou began work on a project to protect the townscape and area around it in May 2005, and the first phase has been completed.
This sits 3.5 kilometers to the northwest of the downtown area and has the reputation of being the most beautiful scenic spot in Jiangsu province. Su Dongpo, a famous Song Dynasty poet, spoke fondly of Tiger Hill, saying, “It’s a pity not to visit Tiger Hill when travelling in Suzhou.”