Suzhou is not only famous for its water towns and gardens in China, but it’s a wonderful place for visitors to shop. As far as Suzhou souvenirs are concerned, you are highly recommended to purchase Suzhou embroidery, which is listed among the four famous Chinese embroideries along with Xiang embroidery, Shu embroidery and Yue embroidery.
In addition, Suzhou Biluochun Tea, Taohuawu New Year Woodblock Prints and Su fans are also ideal choices during your Suzhou travel, and the popular shopping streets in Suzhou include Guanqian Street, Shiquan Street, Fengqiao Avenue, Huqiu Wedding Veil Street, Pishi Street and Huaihai Street
Lined up with many famous stores Guanqian Street has long been famous in the Qing Dynasty (1616 -1911), where you can purchase clothes, headwear, tea, bonsais, glass wares and even musical instruments used in Taoist masses, and it features local cultural atmosphere.
Guanqian Street is the commreical, cultural, religious and tourist center of Suzhou, where the famous stores are highlighted by Dao Xiang Cun Store, Qian Taixiang Store and Huang Tian Yuan Store, and you should visit Xuanmiao Temple on the street if you are a Taoist practioner.
Address: Canglang District, Suzhou
Transport: bus 178, 202, 204, 309, 501, 518, 529, 55, 811, 923, 112, 146, 2, 307, 32, 60, 68, 800 and 900
Nearby attractions: Humble Administrator's Garden, Lion Grove and Xuanmiao Taoist Temple
Stretching for 1,800 meters (1,969 yards) long from Anli Bridge of Fengmen Gate in the east to Sanyuanfang of Renmin Road to the west, Shiquan Street is lined with stores of the Ming (1368- 1644) and the Qing (1616 -1911) styles, with walls and dark grey roof tiles matching one another in tranquil elegance. Shiquan Street specializes in selling silk products, embroideries, curios, calligraphic works and paintings, and you’re highly recommended to buy souvenirs and specialties Qin Han Tang Store and Gu Lin Ge Cheongsam Store and Mao Ren Store.
Address: North of Pavilion of Surging Waves, Canglang District, Suzhou
Transport: bus 204, 47, 501, 511, 47, 592, 55, 811, 931, 101, 102, 103, 1, 308, 309 and 5
Nearby attractions: Pavilion of Surging Waves and Master -of -Nets Garden
Fengqiao Avenue is a famous cultural and tourist avenue in Suzhou, where stores of the Ming (1368- 1644) and the Qing (1616 -1911) styles stand in great numbers, and it’s a wonderful place for visitors to purchase Suzhou embroideries, the four treasures of the study (i.e. writing brush, ink stick, ink slab, paper), sandalwood fans, rosewood carvings and silk. In addition, a number of curios stores, pearl stores and teapot stores are also available on the street.
Address: Fengqiao Avenue, Huqiu District, Suzhou
Transport: bus 33, 44, 301, 307 and (?) 3
Nearby attractions: Hanshan Temple, Suzhou Amusement Park and Fengqiao Bridge
Shilu Walking Street
Paved with cobblestones, Shilu Walking Street was built in the late Qing (1616 -1911) Dynasty, where a great number of noted stores are distributed, represented by Xin Su Tian Di, Shilu International Commercial City, Asia Mansion, Chengtai Department Store and Five Star Appliance Store.
Address: Guangji Road, Jinchang District, Suzhou
Transport: bus 300, 301, 303, 304, 307, 313, 333, 33, 34, 35, 45, 501, 54, 69, 7, 932, 933 and 949
Nearby attractions: the Lingering Garden and Guangji Park
Pishi Street is a wonderful place for those who prefer plants and animals, and you can not only purchase various kinds of ornamental plants, but you can also buy different species of pets such as dogs, birds and cats. Pishi Street is also a favorite place for locals to ramble about during the weekend, where the fresh flowers are on sale throughout the year.
Address: Canglang District, Suzhou
Transport: bus 33, 38 and 103
Nearby attractions: White Tower Park, Bao'en Temple and Suzhou Museum