Suzhou offers great of shopping options for visitors looking for personal effects, snacks to one-of-kind handcrafts of high quality and at good prices. Consider:
Su Embroidery a major style of the four styles of†Chinese Embroidery. Vivid depictions of animals, people, landscapes and flowers are popular themes that are blended with fashionable contemporary elements, yielding a unique style of embroidery that is appreciated by both Chinese people and foreigners. .
Song Brocade silk produced in Suzhou has been considered among the best in China. The Song Brocade is woven from the outstanding silk of Suzhou and made in the style of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). To learn more about the silk culture of Suzhou and shop for silk, the Suzhou Silk Museum is a must to visit.
Suzhou Fan is a traditional folding fan that can be made of sandalwood or mandarin silk, while the newer style round fans are made of paper. They make good souvenirs as well as gifts for friends and family back home.
Taohuawu Woodblock New Year Prints Incorporates auspicious themes that portray mother and child, local stories, religious motifs and well-known fables. Taohuawu Woodblock New Year Prints are internationally recognized, and are created using a three-step process that requires the image to be drawn on paper, carved in the selected wood and then printed.
Suzhou Writing Brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper are the four treasures of calligraphy in China. The special Huzhou writing brush that is currently produced in Suzhou originated in Zhejiang Province. Brushes sold in the city today have incorporated a series of improvements, becoming a distinctive specialty of the area.
Biluochun Tea is one of the ten famous†Chinese Teas†and is known for smooth shape, fresh color, fragrant aroma and mellow taste of the leaves. The best Biluochun tea leaves are picked during March and April, and the prepared tea leaves are curled like screws and covered with white fuzz. Production of authentic Biluochun tea is very limited, making it expensive and hard to find.
Guan Qian Street this is the center of Suzhou commerce, due at least in part to the presence of shops that have been doing business here for many years. The Pine and Crane Restaurant, Cai Zhi Zhai and Huang Tian Yuan are all located here. Others, including Lu Gao Jian that is noted for its unique meat products and Sheng Chun Yang, which sells high-quality hams, are also famous in the city. If finding utensils are higher on the list, Heng Fu Silverware Shop was founded in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and enjoys a stellar reputation in China. For fashion items, the Golden Eagle Shopping Center, is the place to be.
Shi Quan Street is the hub for hotels, restaurants, clubs and pubs, fashionable clothes and handcrafts. Exquisite Su embroidery can be founded in Su Xiu Tang. And Jin Sha Ge and Bo Gu Tang are two stores that sell antiques, pottery and porcelain. Chinese paintings and calligraphy are sold in Rui Guang Zhai. This street is also popular with young people looking for fashionable and reasonably priced Japanese, Korean, and European style clothing.
Tower Department sells clothing, shoes, cosmetics, watches, furniture which can also be found at the Metro Shopping Mall.
Metro Shopping Mall
Address: No.245, Guan Qian Street
Opening hours: 9:30 am-10 pm from Sunday to Thursday; 9:30 am-10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday