Suzhou, offers visitors some of the best shopping options in China and this is one of the most popular things to do. The city retains a lot of the charm from years gone by, with its variety of local markets and traditional style shops that dot the city. There are also some particularly extravagant shopping malls in Suzhou that are sure to impress those looking for a taste of luxury. Whatever your style, Suzhou is one of the best places in China to spend a day or two shopping. Hotels in Suzhou are located in convenient locations throughout the city.
The best way to enjoy the outdoor shopping scene in Suzhou is to head to one of the amazing markets that seem to be located around every street corner. The noise, aromas and sounds of Suzhou markets are something incredible that all visitors should experience. Some of the less hectic, but most intriguing markets are actually old factories that have been converted into markets.
Suzhou Sandalwood Fan Factory
The Suzhou Sandalwood Fan Factory is perhaps one of Suzhou’s busiest and liveliest markets. Suzhou Sandalwood Fan Factory is synonymous with excellent quality silk. Locals make this one of their first stops when they need to buy some quality sandalwood and traditional silk fans. English speakers can be easily found at this market place, making it particularly easy for visitors to shop here.
Dang Wu Silk
Dang Wu Silk should be one of the first places that visitors head to when they arrive in Suzhou. The stunning range of silks at Dang Wu Silk is hard to believe without seeing it for your own eyes. This is a popular place to pick up some lovely gifts for relatives and friends. If you wish to purchase silk and have your own beautiful garment made, simply approach one of the tailors that are located in the Dang Wu Silk Market.
If you’re looking for a bit of luxury, or perhaps you just want to escape the winter’s cold or summer heat, the marvellous indoor shopping options in Suzhou are sure to please. Shopping malls are popular with local residents, and visitors will have to be willing to battle large crowds at anytime of the week in Suzhou. Nevertheless, these are great places to enjoy some top quality shopping and should not be missed.
Metro Shopping Mall
The Metro Shopping Mall has everything from local brands to some of the fashion world’s best-known labels. This huge variety is one of the reasons that Metro Shopping Mall is so popular in Suzhou. If you come here on the weekend you will experience the true vibrancy of Metro Shopping Mall. Many expats living in Suzhou like to come to Metro Shopping Mall to pick up clothes in western sizes and styles.
Su Xiu Tang Embroidery
Su Xiu Tang Embroidery is one of the most exquisite places to shop in Suzhou. This is one of the most traditional and historic shops in Suzhou, and it is worth taking the time to come and browse the stylish range of embroidery and silk products. The shop is also very peaceful, and many visitors find that this is a great place to come to escape the noise of the streets and the larger malls. Once you’ve started looking at the products on offer in Su Xiu Tang Embroidery, it will be hard not to purchase something beautiful to take home with you.
Tower Department Store
Tower Department Store is the place to go to shop amongst the glamorous and the who’s who of Suzhou. Many of Suzhou’s wealthy like to come here to pick up the latest accessories and clothes that come from leading fashion houses such as Armani, Gucci and Versace. The furniture stores in Tower Department Store are also popular places for many locals to come shopping. These stores can even arrange shipping back to your home country.
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