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Shopping in Suzhou - What to Buy and Where to Buy

Written by CindyUpdated Jan. 14, 2021

Having a history of more than 2,500 years, Suzhou was a flourishing city of Southern China in ancient times, with abundant products and highly-developed economy.

The ancient painting of "Gusu (the name of Suzhou in ancient times) Prosperity" demonstrates exactly the prosperity of Suzhou during the reign of Qing Qianlong Emporer (1736-1759).

Today shops with varieties of commodities are standing along the street corners of Suzhou. A trip to this ancient city would certainly amaze you.

Local Products and Gifts

Suzhou has a concentration of over 2,000 kinds of goods featuring local flavor, such as Su embroidery, mandarin coats, pure silk clothing, carvings, carpet and tapestry. Anyway, Suzhou provides tourists with various kinds of souvenirs according to their different requirements.

Su Embroidery

Suzhou embroiderySuzhou embroidery

Suzhou embroidery, multi-colored and gorgeous, is regarded as a pearl of Chinese art. The vivid descriptions of animals, people, landscapes and flowers are popular themes of Su embroidery. Contemporary embroidery in Suzhou is blended with fashionable elements, yielding a unique style of embroidery that is popular all over the world.

Su Embroidery Museum

  • Address: No.262, Jingde Road

Jade Carvings

SilkSuzhou Silk

Suzhou jade carvings are well-known for their exquisite workmanship. There are two types: plain or three dimensional. The designs are made based on the different shapes of materials and fine carvings are done with appropriate skills.

Suzhou Jade Carving Department Store

  • Address: No.33, North Pagoda Road (west), Suzhou

Suzhou Fan

Suzhou fansSuzhou folding fans are beautiful with the lively paintings and calligraphy。

Besides the function of cooling people down, Suzhou fan has another function of giving people a chance to appreciate the great charm of traditional Chinese culture.

Well known for its long history and refining craftship, Suzhou fan is a kind of folding fan which attracts many experts to write poems and draw pictures on it.

The "Old Fan Face", well-known for its fine, strong, even and endurable quality, is the best among all the Suzhou fans. The area of Peach blossom Shipyard of Changmen has been the centralized place for Suzhou fan ever since.

The Marketplace of Sandalwood Fan, Suzhou

  • Address: No.58, Northwest Street, Suzhou

Biluochun Tea


Biluochun green tea is well-known for its smooth shape, fresh color, fragrant aroma and mellow taste. The best Biluochun tea leaves are usually 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 quite expensive and hard to find.

The No.1 Silk Factory

Products include Suzhou Silk, Qipao, Silk Scarf,Tang silk top, Chinese Top, Evening dress.

  • Recommended Shop: No.1 silk factory
  • Address: Hengfeng Mansion, North Tongjing Road (苏州市桐泾北路26-6号恒峰大厦201-202室)
  • Tel: 0512-6515 5732 / 6515 1469

Recommended Shopping Sites

In City Plaza 印象城购物中心

  • Address: No.1699, Xiandai Avenue, Gongyeyuan District (工业园区现代大道1699号)
  • Tel: 0512-6280 2222
  • Average Price Per Person: 262 yuan

Jiuhuang Department Store 久光百货

  • Address: No.268, Wangdun Road, Gongyeyuan District (工业园区旺墩路268号)
  • Tel: 0512-6733 3600
  • Average Price Per Person: 773 yuan

Yuanrong Times Square 圆融时代广场

  • Address: No.268, Wangdun Road, Gongyeyuan District (工业园区旺墩路268号)
  • Average Price Per Person: 147 yuan

Meiluo Shopping Mall 美罗商城

  • Address: No.245, Guanqian Street, Pingjiang District (平江区观前街245号)
  • Tel: 0512-6522 7777
  • Average Price Per Person: 868 yuan

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