Suzhou is famous tourist city in China, also has been a historical and cultural city in this country. There are a lot of featured things for tourists to buy, such as Bi Luo Chun Tea, silk, Suzhou embroidery, Suzhou style cakes, paintings and so on. Then where is the best place for shopping in Suzhou to buy these things? Here TCT would like to introduce some top shopping streets in Suzhou.
Guanqian Street is located in center of Suzhou's old city, covering an area of 0.52 square kilometers. Guan Qian Shopping Street is a long stretch of pedestrian shopping and has hundreds of shops, big and small. The area is full of prosperous business, restaurants, as well as numerous historical sites. This street has a history of over 150 years. It is home to many famous old-brand restaurants and stores, such as Da Xiang Cun Restaurant, Ken Tai Xiang Store, Huang Tian Yuan Restaurant, etc.
How to get there: take bus 38 from the railway station to Guanqian Street West station or take Bus 2 to Guanqian Street East Station.
Nanmen Business District (South Gate Business District) is located at the southern tip of Suzhou's old city. Te ferry terminal of cruise between Hangzhou and Suzhou is also sited here. Nanmen area is a more modern shopping place compared with other places in the city and the business here is very prosperous. There are nearly 10 large comprehensive shopping malls, commercial buildings, supermarkets, department stores. Also, here is home to large fish market, fruits and vegetables wholesale market, tea market and electronic market, as well as entertainment place at the same time. All kinds of flavor restaurant are up to near 20. Here convenient transportation and large shopping malls make it the most bustling site in downtown Suzhou City.
How to get there: take Bus 513 or 70 and get off at Nanyuan Bridge West Stop.
Fengqiao Bridge Street is a famous tourism commercial street with rich local featured culture. Famous Fengqiao Bridge Scenic Spot and Hanshan Temple is just nearby. The buildings along the street are in Ming and Qing style with primitive simplicity. Shops here sells all kinds of craft goods, such as silk, embroidery, painting and calligraphy, four treasures ( writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper), carved mahogany and sandalwood fan, pearl, the teapot, etc.
How to get there: Take Bus 301, 319 or 304, get off at the Muqiao Bridge.
Huqiu Street is one of the famous wedding dress production bases in China. Most of them are self-employed manual factory. Therefore, usually wedding dresses sold here are in low price, but fashionable and quite popular with local customers. In spring, autumn and winter every day, when is the peak season to get married, wedding dress would be in short supply. So you can have more free choices.
How to get there: take Bus 146, Tourist Bus 1 or Tourist Bus 2 and get off at Huqiu Stop.
Address: Shenxian Street, Suzhou
What to buy: Local snacks, handicraft, clothing
Shilu (stone road) is named for the cobble paved road. Commercial area is crowded with stores and shops which usually closed after 22:00. If you would like to do shopping in malls or department stores, Shilu (Stone Road) Pedestrian Street, is a wise choice. Here we recommend SLIS and Taipingyang Supermarket. Shilu is also a massed place for visitors cause Suzhou Railway Station is situated quite near.
This famous shopping street is located in Jinchang District and it is said that it was already very prosperous in ancient times. Reconstructed in 2003, it has become one of the best shopping centers in Jiangsu Province. Xinfeng Lane has also been restored and is filled with cafes and pubs where visitors can enjoy the leisure life after a full day shopping.