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Introduction
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Suzhou City that possesses the good reputation of having the heaven up, descend to have Su and Hang locates in the northeast of the Tai Lake in the southeast of Jiangsu Province, in central part of Yangtze River Delta. It faces Shanghai in the east, connects with Zhejiang in the south, connects with Wuxi in the west, and depends on Yangtze River in the north. It belongs to the subtropics climate which is geniality and wetness, the four seasons are clear, the volume of rain is abundant. The mountains outside the city rise and fall, the lakes embellish among the landscape and scenery, rivers and lanes in the city are horizontal, the city appearance of water. The total area of the whole city is 8488 square kilometers, it governs 8 areas which are Changlang, Pingjiang, Jinhe, Huqiu, Wuzhong, Xiangcheng, industrial park of Suzhou and new area of Suzhou and 5 County-class Cities that are Changshu, Zhangjiagang, Taichangm, Kunshan and Wujiang. The total population is 5,780,000 people. The inshore rivers are horizontal, the lakes are numerous, the Jinghang Canal contects with south and north, Wangyu River, Lu River, Taipu River etc. contect with east and west, Tai Lake, Yangcheng Lake, Kuncheng Lake, Dianshan Lake are in the interval.

The ancient city's area is 14.2 square kilometers in Suzhou, it is narrow from east to west, it is wild from south to north, presents the rectangular. There are two inside and outside moats in the surrounding of the city, there are seven land-and-water city gates and 1 land city gate on all sides. The rivers and streets in the city proceed together; the residents are in front of streets and behind of rivers, face the river to reside. Therefore, the structure and form of the Suzhou City can use" three pairs of" to generalize, which are double moats, double city gates and double chessboards. Although most of the ancient city's wall destroy, the city gates also were tore down, the most ancient land-and-water city gate still is reserved intact, a chessboard that a moat proceed together with the lane of water, an alley still it is thus clear that arrive. There are a lot of rivers in Suzhou City, it is total long 35 kilometers, and there are 186 every kind of arched bridges, the beam bridges above the rivers. Du Xunhe in Tang Dynasty had the poem great Suzhou:" The gentleman arrives the Gu Su see, somebody else exhausted river. The ancient temple is care freely little, the small bridge of harbor of water is many."

The famous cultural Suzhou has the long history of more than 2500 years, has more than 500 places the point cultural object protection units, including more than 10 national class cultural object protection units, 59 province-classes and 367 city-classes. In regard to quantity, it is only next to Bejing, Xian. In this numerous cultural object historic monuments, parks of Suzhou take their cleverly made, fine and careful layout, the deep cultural content of the proper quiet view, proper comparison, proper aftertaste only" parks of Chiang-Nan are the number one in the world, parks of Suzhou are the number one in China-Nan", in December of 1997, it was listed in the « the cultural inheritance of world record » by the Education Section Organization of United Nations.

As the saying goes - 'Gardens to the south of Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou gardens are the best among them'. These gardens attain their high reputation not only for their vast numbers, but also for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. At present more than 60 gardens are kept intact in Suzhou, and a series of them have been listed in the World Heritage List, including the Humble Administrator's Garden, the Lingering Garden, the Garden of Master of Nets and the Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty.

Rating alongside these classical gardens are the exquisite water townships in Suzhou. Zhouzhuang, Mudu, Tongli Town and so on should not be missed by any visitor. In any water township of Suzhou, a number of Ming and Qing dynasty preserved buildings can be found. The natural sights and human landscape enhance each other's beauty, which is a great attraction to visitors who linger there.

Being the cradle of Wu Culture, Suzhou plays a vital role in Chinese cultural history. Many great names and schools of art arose here. For example, the Wumen Fine Arts School is the finest in the history of Suzhou, represented by Shen Zhou, Wen Zhengming, Tang Yin and Qiu Ying, whose poems, calligraphy and paintings are considered to be historical artifacts. Pingtan, Kun Opera and Suzhou Opera are praised as 'three flowers' in the cultural history of Suzhou. Furthermore, embroidery, fans and brocade produced in Suzhou are noted world wide. If you want to explore more on their history visit the museum of Suzhou folk-costume for a complete description.

As one of the famous tourist cities in China, Suzhou has made a great improvement to its basic facilities and tourist functions. Suzhou is accessible by plane, train and bus. Star-rated hotels with good services and reasonable guesthouses and hostels provide a range of lodging. Of course, tasting local delicacies should not be forgotten in your journey. Authentic Suzhou cuisines and snacks can be found in Guan Qian Street, where delicious food and friendly service are memorable. When night falls, Suzhou City is quiet and peaceful. You can enjoy it while sipping a cup of tea in any teahouse.

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History
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Suzhou was called Wu in the past. In the end of Shang Dynasty, Taibo and Zhongwei who were the sons of Zhou King went to south in order to avoid the scepter, set up Wu Country. Spreading to the Shoumeng, Wu Country was more prevalent. In 514 B.C., Wu King asked Wu Zixu to found a capital at the city address of Suzhou now.

Qin established Wu County, which was governed the Kuaiji County. It belonged to Wu Country in the period of Three Kingdoms. In 549, Hou Jing revolted, the city was persecuting. In 589, it was called Suzhou. After 2 years, Yang Su moved the city in HengMountain. In 624, replied to move the old city. In 778, Suzhou became unique the male state of China-Nan. In 1113, Sushi was raised as Pingjiang Mansion. In 1130, soldiers of Jin Dynasty invaded in south to ruin the city. In 1229, Suzhou was compiled the city and reconstructed. In 1275, the Mongols captured China-Nan, the city was defended the breakage again. In 1276, Suzhou was groverned by Pingjianglu. At the end of Yuan Dynasty, Zhang Shicheng called the king in the city. In 1724, it was the provincial capital of Jiangsu, the Suzhou Mansion governed 9 counties, the Changzhou County, Yuanhe County, Wu Country were together the city but cure. In 1860, the Peace soldiers fought against the soldiers of Qing, the Suzhou City was break severity, and the population was down sharply. In the next year, the Peace Kingdom of Heaven built up Sufu Province, took Suzhou as the provincial capital. After three years, the Peace soldiers were failure, instauration establishment as before.

After the revolution of Xinhai, the provincial capital moved in west, discarded Suzhou Mansion, and merged the Changzgou, Yuanhe and Wuxian to Wu Country. In April 1949, Suzhou City established. In 1983, it merged with the region of Suzhou.

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Geography
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Suzhou is located on the shores of Lake Taihu in the lower reaches of the Yangtze. The city covers a total area of 8,488 square km with 1,650 square km of urban area. It enjoys a mild, humid climate with an annual rainfall of 1,100 mm, an average annual temperature of 15.7C. Suzhou has a vast number of ponds and streams. The Grand Canal flows from north to south through the city, with rivers like Wangyu, Loujiang and Taipu connecting the east and west. Dotted in this chessboard are lakes like Yangcheng, Kuncheng and Dianshan. The scenery of hills and water in Suzhou is beautiful. Of the whole area, 10 per cent is cultivated fields, 30 per cent hills, and the rest covered with water. The average altitude of Suzhou is 4 meters.

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Climate
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The four seasons in a year of Suzhou are all proper to travel, from Aprial to October are the best. In this period, you since can enjoy the beautiful natural landscape, can taste the season special products, such as fresh peach, Biluochun, the sugar Ou ...etc. again. Visiting the parks of Suzhou, or finding out the ancient town or water country like Zhou, Tongli etc., you had better avoid the weekend and the stanzas. Only at the time of a few of persons, then you can feel her special lingering charm flavor.

Reminding: The beauty spots of Suzhou close doors mostly before 17:30, the stanzas are no exception, if it is self-help to visit and you will notice this specially and arrange reasonably time.

Tourist salvage and consulting phone

Burglar alarm 110
Fire alarm 119
Infomation directory desk 114
Information directory desk online www.114.china.com
Time desk 117
Medical emergency desk 120
Civil aviation info query station 2580
Railroad info query station 2585

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Festivals Celebration
Festivals Celebration Festivals Celebration Zha Fairy Baoshufanjing

The silk tour stanzas of Suzhou in 2005

The international silk stanza of Suzhou in China and Gold Autumn Travel Month Activity is autumn tour festival activities which are held conjointly by national spinning total committee and the people government of Suzhou City. The international silk stanza of Suzhou in China takes silk as the topic, contacts the series of festival activities of tour trade and the extrovert economy. Gold Autumn Travel Month Activity is the important drama of the silk stanza, is also the series tour activity that Suzhou release in the autumn, the main contents include Huqiu temple fair, Panmen Mid-Autumn appreciating moon evening party, crab cultural stanza of Yangcheng Lake, Luweidang cultural stanza of Shajiabang, chrysanthemum exhibition in each parks' beauty spots of Suzhou, red maple stanza in Tianping Mountain etc.

Traditional folk festivals in region of Suzhou

Zha Fairy

Zha FairyOn annually April 14th of Chinese calendar, a lot of citizens of the cities and countries of Suzhou will flow inside the fairies' temples which are neighborhood of Xiatang Street in Laohemen to Zha Fairy. It is said that the day is the birthday of Lu Chunyang who was one of the Eight Fairies; he would change into the mendicant to arrive at the human life that day, help persons. Hence people all come here in this day, hope to meet the fairy, go to the diseases and prevent disasters; the lucky star is high to shine on. It is just a civil religious activity at first, changes into a grand temple fair once a year. Then, the small stands nearby of the fairy temple stand up like a forest, each kind of snacks, handicraft products, the flowers, birds, insects and fishes complete with everything. Currently, the Nanhao Street has become the very thick Suzhou's type ground with city's culture of Suzhou, there are the traditional taste snacks, special features food, civil handicraft products, small merchandise, flowers, birds, insects, fishes, curios and embroiders. It loads the folk tales and the history stories of Suzhou in the past and drew on numerous Chinese and Foreign visitors, is the new hot point of tour in Suzhou.

Baoshufanjing

On annually June 6th of lunar calendar, Suzhou has the custom of basking the books. Each temple moves away the books to insolate, the monks take advantage of an opportunity to call the old women of country to open the Fanjing Meeting, turning over to bask under the hot sun from them, enounce that they turn over for ten times, can change to the male in the future life. There is folk's words to say June six, the dogs have bath. In that day, people lead the dogs and cats to take bath in the river, they can avoid the flea.

Eat Leizaisu

It is rumored that the birthday of Leizun is on June 24th of lunar calendar. Eat Leizaisu is to eat vegetable for respecting the Leizun, it is said it can prevent disaster and avoid the epidemic disease to protect peaceful. In the past, the persons of Suzhou eat the Leizaisu, it generally started from June 1st to the birthday of Leizun, lasted nearly a month. In this day of breaking vegetarian fast, the Songhe Building Restaurant in the Guanqian Street specially released Luya Noodles at this time; therefore, there is a riddle in Suzhou, The Leizaisu break vegetarian fast-- Luya Noodles.

The Qiqiao Stanza Winter Solstice Festivals Celebration Festivals Celebration

The Qiqiao Stanza

It is called Daughter Stanza again. It is said that in this evening, the magpies form into groups to fly toward Milky Way, take the magpies bridge, and let Niulang meet Zhinv on the intergalactic magpies bridge. The civil custom is to offer sacrifices the Zhinv in the night of the seventh night of the seventh moon, begging humbly the intelligence and skill toward her, being called the Qiqiao.

Winter Solstice

About on annually December 22th of Christian, persons of Suzhou all have reunion of the whole family, eat the Winter Solstice night meal, and drink the Dongniang Wine. According to the old rules, people visit toward elders in the Winter Solstice still like in the New Year. Persons of Suzhou pay atation to Winter Solstice, because Winter Solstice is the beginning of a year according to the style of Zhou Dynasty. The royal ancestors of Wu Country were the posterities of Zhou King; the Winter Solstice is exactly the keepsake of Zhou Dynasty's style.

Shihuchuanyue

On annually August 17 and 18 of lunar calendar, the persons of Suzhou has the custom of visiting the Stone Lake. It is rumored that in this several days' night, on the surface which is in the north of Jiuhuan Holes of Xingchun Bridge above the Stone Lake, each hole has the shade of moon, nine moons' shade connect to become the grand view.

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Cuisine
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China has the four greatest dish departments of Su, Lu, Yue, Chuan, the taste is each not same, the persons call" the east sour, the west hot, the south sweet, the north salty", the dishes of Su belongs to the taste of the south sweet. The characteristics of Su's dishes are to choose to anticipate carefully, do the work fine, depend on material to boil, have differences all the year round, excel to braise, steam, burn, fry on the cooking, lay equal stress on to see to adjust the soup, keep the juice taste. The taste is simple elegance to tend sweet, nuance diapason. The famous Su's type placard dishes have: Songshuguiyu, Qingtangyuchi, Xiangyousanhu, Xiguaji, Muyouzhengji, Taihucuncai Soup, Feicuixiadou, Hehuajijindun etc. The snacks of Suzhou also are known in the world, Mizhidoufugan, Songzitang, Meiguiguazi, the shrimp sauce, the Zaonimabing and the lard New Year pudding etc. are all very popular delicacies, must be tasted.

Deyue Building and Songhe Building are the famous Su's type restaurants. The Old Tea Wine Shop of Suzhou is known with the traditional Su's dishes; Zhuhongxing Nooldes Reserant and Luyang Wonton etc. have beautiful things and low price, they are fit to public consume.

The main delicacies streets of Suzhou have: The Eunuch Lane, Shiquan Street, Xueshi Street, Jiayufang, Phoenix Street, Ganjiang Road and Shilujinmenshangshi Delicacies Street etc.

Su's Type Placard Dishes

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The mutton of Changshu Town

The mutton of Changshu Town is known for the whole country. The mutton of here is the handing over specie of goats in Dongshan and Australia home meat sheep, fresh, delicate, in spite of braising in soy sauce, boiling in the white water, it has no flavor. Their associations in Cangshu Town assessed star-class of the mutton restaurants, the doorway contain Bronze Medal, about 3 star-classes have 7 or 8, the prices are all about, they are slightly expensive than not 3 star-classes, but 7 people have already eat very well to spend about 200 Yuan. The Eastern Hotel is famous one of them.

The dinings of Cangshu are very abundant, the delicacy and good dinners are numerous, and mostly quality goods at reasonable price, the color, joss-stick, and flavor are complete. There are ten famous dishes which are Jiaohua Chicken, Baizhixilusun, Chugudayuqiu, Zhuangguoyou Chicken, Qingtangtuofei, Furongxiedou, Chugushengtuo Duck, Songshucaoyou, Xiangyousanhu and Qiyou Bean Curd Soup, eight famous snacks which are Binghulu, Panxiangbing, Lizigeng, Chaoxuezu, Shanyaogao, Biandousu, Yinzigao, Zayuanxiao, still the tasty laurel blossom wine. The Jiaohua Chicken is delicate, fresh and beautiful, is most famous, you can arrive at its source which is well-known Wangsi Girlie Restaurants to taste the orthodox taste. Various desserts are made of the blood glutinous rice, the flavor is quite good, and it is well worth to taste. Be as the water country of China-Nan, gets close to Kuncheng Lake and Yangcheng Lake in the south again, the marine products in Cangshu are special abundant and rather famous. While visiting in the famous spot historic monuments, taste the fresh products in river which is Dazaxie in Yangceng Lake, the natural flavor is thicker, even enriching the interesting aspect.

Beggar's chicken

It is rumored that a beggar got a Sanhuang Chicken whose mouth, feet and skin were yellow in the Manchu Dynasty in the Yu Mountain, since had no cookers or adjust to anticipate, couldn't boil the food, hence roasted the food with the native method. Killed the chicken firstly, went to its internal organs, took the hair to draw the mire, took the leaves to become the fire, baked the chicken, waited for the mire stem maturity, knocked to the mud, the chicken hair took off with the mire hull, the chicken was delicious, was an unique in China-Nan.

Dazaxie in Yangcheng Lake

Cangshu is a point production area of Dazaxie in Yangcheng Lake. This crab is large, heavy the half catty, green back and the white belly, yellow hair and golden claws, the cream fat is plentiful full, the meat quality is delicate, once being the contribution to dedicate into the palace, now it is also to spread fame Chinese and Foreign.

Xieru

Be so called the Yaxieru, a skin and hull of the valley present shallow purple, the grain of rice is deep red such as the duck blood. Make the foods, such as Jiuniang, Fentuanzi, eight-treasure rice pudding, Hongmisu, Mifen...etc. with the Xieru, not only the color is beautiful, and it is sweet and tasty, the nourishment is abundant, it has become the imperial government's contribution since Ming Dynasty, in the late Qing Dynasty the Cixi Queen Mother was favorite to eat, she asked to carry the Xieru from Cangshu every year to provide for her to enjoy.

Laurel Blossom Wine

"Ten miles of Yu Mountain is green and green, the laurel blossom and white spirit enter in Beijing", this was a folk song that spread in the society in the 1950s. The laurel blossom wine is good wine in Cangshu, is famous in China, Chairman Mao Wrote a poem to prise it.

Songsugui Fish Yuba Lung Soup Su's type placard dishes Su's type placard dishes

The special features vegetables--- the Yuba Lung Soup

It is the traditional famous dish of Mudushijia Hotel in Suzhou. The fish stomach is white, the back is the green ash, there is striped patterns, it can take air like balls floating in surface, is the special product of Suzhou. This fish appears on market in annual autumn, the meat quality is delicate. The Lung Soup cooks with the fish liver and fishes, the soup is pure, fresh and beautiful, the fish liver is fatty and delicate, going together with the ham, bamboo shoot slices, the greenery vegetables...etc., it is delicious, fresh and beautiful, the guests who know it to taste are form a continuous stream.

Special features dish ---- Songsugui Fish

It is rumored that Qianlong went to China-Nan, arrived at Songhe Building in Suzhou, saw the absolute being frisky carp which was live to leap on the stage, indicated to ask the cook to boil for him to eat then. The cook knew that the emperor arrived, dare not to neglect the slightest, not only putting forth effort on the taste, but also raising head the tail the fish burn of squirrel shape, after Qianlong eat and added the applause greatly, Songsu Fish was famous then from here. Now, the Songshu Fish takes the Gui Fish as raw material more, the color is sauce red, outside frailty and inside delicate, it is sweet, sour and proper, the color, joss-stick, flavor are complete, it makes persons drool.
Biluo Shelled Shrimp

The special features dish --- Biluo Shelled Shrimp

Adjust to anticipate with the pure fragrance tea juice of the new Biluochun, cook together with shelled shrimp in the river, it has the fresh flavor of the shrimp in river, the subtle fragrance of the well-known tea again, has the taste.

Special features dish --- Watermelon Chicken

Regard fatty and delicate hen as principle to anticipate, put the chicken into the watermelon, pour into the chicken soup, and put into the ham slices, bamboo shoot slices, black mushrooms...etc., add the original soup, cover the melon cover, then it can be ascended the table after steaming for several minutes. The Watermelon Chicken has beautiful and subtle fragrance flavor, the soup is pure and the melon is joss-stick, the nourishment is abundant, it is the traditional famous dish of Suzhou.

Special features dish --- Baizhijuncai

Juncai is a terrapin or turtle in fact, its nourishment composition of protein, fat, sugar, vitamin etc. are very abundant, they are most fatty and strengthen with the Caihua turtle of the spring and the laurel blossom turtle of the autumn. So the persons of Suzhou have the custom of eating Baizhijuncai and Qingdun turtle to nourish to keep the body in the spring and autumn. It is to cook turtle to cut into a piece of form, assist to adjust to anticipate with the yams, bamboo shoots, black mushrooms, spring onion gingers, salt, wine...etc., after cooking the marinade is brightness, dense and thick, the taste is salty to take sweet, it is the traditional famous dish of Suzhou.

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Shopping
Special Product

Suzhou is home to many fantastic Chinese traditional commodities, such as silk, embroidery, Song brocade, carved handicrafts and so on. The talent of Suzhou people has made the city full of surprising elements, all of which can be gifts from your great journey to Suzhou.

There is no doubt that Suzhou silk and embroidery are the best gifts to purchase while in Suzhou. However, shopping in China is an art to itself, and careful consideration must be applied as to where such gifts are bought. The Number. One Silk Factory is a fantastic place for any shopper. In addition, the Embroidery Street, near Taihu Lake, is full of embroidery workshops and products for sale. The Embroidery Research Institute is also an excellent place to get world-class embroidery, at a price!

Besides being famous for silk and embroidery, Suzhou offers many must-buys, such as sandal wood folding fans, silk fans, wood cut paintings, jade carvings, calligraphy, paintings and silk lingerie. Green teas, velvet blankets, moon-cakes and pine-seed sweets are also ideal gifts. You can also go to handicraft factories or workshops to buy them, such as the Sandal Wood Fan Factory, Suzhou Jade Carving Factory, Suzhou Silk Garment Factory, Suzhou Mahogany Carving Factory and so on.

Although the place in Cangshu is not big, remits to gather everyplace equally particularly various merchandise of the mainland in Jiangsu. Food, clothes and things for using all have. Particularly eye-catchers are various quality goods at reasonable prices small merchandise or local special products, including the curio. Those refined runts in the merchandise heap of the feast for the eyes are special attractive. Accidentally on looking at, they give out flickering light in the sun, send forth a captivating brilliance. If you draw the ancient machines and ancient relics to have the research to the ancient word thou by happy chance, meet with the luck, can still discover that the treasure. In the making copy curio articles, sometimes the bad sun is wrong, return and really there will be the priceless treasure to spread to fall among them. But unless you are Bole, otherwise is to not identify something to come out.

If you just want to explore and shop along the way, there are some shopping areas that come highly recommended. These streets will offer something for everyone, including you, so be prepared to spend.

Shopping Places

Markets Markets Shopping Place Shopping Place

City

Markets' Names

Telephone

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Suzhou City

Shopping center

0512-5239572

No.412 of People Road

Suzhou City

Bairunfa Bussiness Building of general merchandise head office of Suzhou

0512-5116322

No.168 of Donghuan Road

Suzhou City

The first general merchandise store

0512-5233560

No.440 of People Road

Suzhou Renming Department Store

Address: No.22, Little Park, Northern Block, Suzhou , China It is the largest department store in Suzhou , has a history of 63 years. Its new building was built in 1996, with a serving area of over 15,000m2. Currently it has over 2,000 employees. The building, enclosed with Dining hall and entertaining park, is delicately decorated and sells products of middles and high classes. The shops continuously adjust its operating system and take a strategy of famous brands. These bring good effects. It has ever gained these honors : the National Commercial Enterprise of Credit, Good-quality Shop, etc.

Guangqian Street Shiquan Street Shilu (Stone Road) Pedestrian-zed Shopping Street

Guangqian Street

Guanqian Street has long been recognized as the commercial center of Suzhou. Since the Qing Dynasty. all sorts of shops of brands, dozens of department stores gather here, turning it into a resort for native people at night and on the weekends. In year 1999, Suzhou Municipal Government reconstructed this famous street, which infused this ancient street with fresh blood. The present Guanqian Street remains the original style expect that it is more prosperous.

Besides modern industrial products, curios and art crafts are also available in some craftwork stores in the Shiquan Street. Stepping into these shops, you will find the shops themselves are also great crafts. From embroidery to pottery, most ancient Chinese articles can be found in these specialty shops. Suzhou Shopping Center, established in September 1990, is a large state-owned detail enterprise under the charge of Suzhou Wujiao Group.

Nearly 120,000 kinds of commodities in over 30 categories are sold here. Its service includes purchase, relaxation, culture, entertainment and food. The center aims at middle and high classes of consumers and strategically uses excellent service to animate the market. Managers of the center take the customers satisfactory as their responsibility, which brings great social reputation and profits. This shopping center won the honors: Satisfactory-Service Commercial Building of the Nation, Commercial Enterprise of Credits of the Nation, etc.

Shiquan Street

Guanqian Street has long been recognized as the commercial center of Suzhou. Since the Qing Dynasty. all sorts of shops of brands, dozens of department stores gather here, turning it into a resort for native people at night and on the weekends. In year 1999, Suzhou Municipal Government reconstructed this famous street, which infused this ancient street with fresh blood. The present Guanqian Street remains the original style expect that it is more prosperous.

Besides modern industrial products, curios and art crafts are also available in some craftwork stores in the Shiquan Street. Stepping into these shops, you will find the shops themselves are also great crafts. From embroidery to pottery, most ancient Chinese articles can be found in these specialty shops. Suzhou Shopping Center, established in September 1990, is a large state-owned detail enterprise under the charge of Suzhou Wujiao Group.

Nearly 120,000 kinds of commodities in over 30 categories are sold here. Its service includes purchase, relaxation, culture, entertainment and food. The center aims at middle and high classes of consumers and strategically uses excellent service to animate the market. Managers of the center take the customers satisfactory as their responsibility, which brings great social reputation and profits. This shopping center won the honors: Satisfactory-Service Commercial Building of the Nation, Commercial Enterprise of Credits of the Nation, etc.

Once the old downtown of Suzhou, it is home to many hotels, including the famous Nanlin Restaurant, Suzhou Hotel, Nanlin Hotel as well as the classical Master-of-Nets Garden. Ming-and-Qing-Dynasty-style architectures can be found dotted along this famous street. Shiquan Street is well known for its art and craft products, such as chinaware, silk, inscriptions, jade, rosewood, etc. Other general shopping items can also be found here.

Guangqian Street Shiquan Street Shilu (Stone Road) Pedestrian-zed Shopping Street Shopping Place

Shilu (Stone Road) Pedestrian-zed Shopping Street

Shilu Pedestrianized Shopping Street is located in Jinchang District, it is named after “Stone Road in English as it was paved with stones in late Qing Dynasty. It is said it had already been very prosperous in ancient time. Since late 2003, Suzhou Municipal Government has injected a huge amount of capital to reconstruct the street, aiming to forge it one of the best shopping centers in Jiangsu Province and top-ranking in China by integrating its modern image with ancient culture of Suzhou.The project was completed by the end of 2003 and open to public on New Year's Day of 2004.

The renewed street is sprinkled with large-sized musical fountains, towering trees, beautiful neon lights and clean rivers. The commercial arrangement of Shilu pedestrianized shopping street has a new adjustment as well. Xinfeng Lane is to be restored and become a special street with cafes and pubs. Stores in the street are busy with decoration now. People can enjoy the leisure life there after doing shopping. The formal opening of Shilu pedestrianized shopping street also stimulates consumers' popular enthusiasm on the market at night in the Shilu commercial area. The business time of the stores on Shi Road is prolonged to 10 o'clock pm .It is becoming beautiful scenery for home and foreign travelers at the time of acting as a shopping center.

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Suzhou Renming Department Store

Address: No.22, Little Park, Northern Block, Suzhou , China It is the largest department store in Suzhou , has a history of 63 years. Its new building was built in 1996, with a serving area of over 15,000m2. Currently it has over 2,000 employees. The building, enclosed with Dining hall and entertaining park, is delicately decorated and sells products of middles and high classes. The shops continuously adjust its operating system and take a strategy of famous brands. These bring good effects. It has ever gained these honors : the National Commercial Enterprise of Credit, Good-quality Shop, etc.

The Special Product in Suzhou

The embroider of Suzhou Special Product The Fans in Suzhou Special Product

The embroider of Suzhou

The embroidery craft of Suzhou and the embroidery of Hunan, the embroider of Sichuan and the embroider of Guangdong are called the four famous embroiders in China. The embroider of Suzhou has the history for more than 2600 years up to now, now, the needle methods of the embroider of Suzhou can be divided into 48 kinds of 9 major types, use the diapason and cultured color, do not show the trace of the smooth flutter, go the needle consistently, have no the not even places. The topics of embroider of Suzhou regard persons, landscapes, flowers, birds and animals as principle, there are embroider slices, volume faces, screen slices, screen...etc. After the establishment of People Republic of China, the entertainers of Suzhou created successfully two-sided embroider, include two-sided embroider with same color, the two-sided different color embroider, the different color of two-sided different body embroider, the two-sided different color or bodies portrait embroiders etc. Its representation is the two-sided cat. The embroider of Suzhou in the region of Zhen Lake is the most well-known.

Green Hair Turtle


The Green Hair Turtle lives in the shade of the Yu Mountain's mountain brook at first. Qin Huaihai's poem said," The turtles hide in the Kanshui the hairs are all green". Kanshui is the green water, is seldom to be seen sunlight, living the green Tai easily, stir up on the turtle plank, hairs are longer for long time. It has become the interesting and novel decoration on the desk, use the prosperous clear water of white porcelain pot to keep it especially, its hairs are more verdant and lovely, make the persons enjoy to please the eyes.

The Fans in Suzhou

In China, only the fans in Suzhou can be comparable to the fans in Hangzhou, the species of the fans in Suzhou are numerous, and the fans which take most the great reputation are Folding Fan, the Sandalwood Fan and Juangong Fan. The Folding Fan often is called the Ya Fan, was stream into from North Korea in the ages of Tang and Song, in South Song, Suzhou started mass-produce. It is the most important to use the paper of the Folding Fan's faces, pay attention to very, must be made of the best painting paper. The fans' faces pointed to dye paintings by the craftsmen are called the appearance, the white faces which are stayed to invite a paintings specially assigned are called Sumian. The bone of the Folding Fan uses to anticipate also pays attention to very, having the valuable ivory, red sandalwood, generally use the black wood, the palm tree bamboo...etc. The manufacture of fans' bone is also very exquisite, in addition to beating to whet smoothly, there are still bossed, Loukong craving, green paint, insetting the patterns or literalness. The Sandalwood Fan is a kind of Folding Fan, gets name because the bone is made of the sandalwood wood. The most of Sandalwood Fan are female fans, spread widely in the women. The circular fans are called the Tuan Fan or Zhi Fan again, it was the ladies' patent in palace as early as Han dynasty. It was more popular and spread to the folks gradually in Tang dynasty. The circular fans which are made of Juan are called the Juangong Fan, have the one side plain Juan, two-sided stretch tight Juan, mire gold, porcelain green, bluish-grey color etc., the styles are numerous, they regard circular as principle, still have shapes of hexangular, plum flower, begonia, lotus leaf, long circle, the waist etc. The handle fans use materials, such as Xiangfei Bamboo, palm tree bamboo, hardwood, monsters' bone, ivory...etc. Juangong Fan takes colorful Juan, or the Su faces to give the history and follow with the side of Jin and the hair side, wear with the falling tassels, jade, they are supple and lovely, can increase the women charmingly feminine, and then are the adornment thing of the particular clothing, show affection by a lot of women.

The wood-carved year paintings in Taohuawu

The wood-carved years paintings in Taohuawu of Suzhou, the wood-carved years paintings in Yangliuqing of Tianjin and the wood-carved years paintings in Yangjipu in Weifang of Shandong are called the three greatest wood-carveds years paintings in China. The wood-carved years paintings in Taohuawu began from the end of Ming Dynasty, has already had the history of more than 350 years, the earliest workshop was at Taohuawu Street of Suzhou, as a result got the name. In Qing Dynasty, the art form has already tended mature, and became the special style of oneself, in the period of Yongzheng and Qianlong, it was very prosperous, was called north Liu and south Tao with the willow youth paintings. The year paintings' form are near to the folks' life, are rich in adornment, the things are beautiful and the price is low, spread extensively in large common crowds, its race style also is welcome by abroad people, for example the Japanese Fushihui was under the influence of year paintings of Taomuwu. In the end of Ming Dynasty and at the beginning of Qing Dynasty, the appearances of year paintings since is hot row, abundant but again well arranged and have the preface, are rich in the life breathing, described prosperous prospects of the peaceful times of Kang, Qian and Jia vividly. Opium War later, it changed direction of the farmer style, became currently this kind of art special features, the composition is plentiful full, the color is fresh, gorgeous and exaggeration, it is full of adornment.

Special Product Special Product Small things by the black wood carving Special Product

Small things by the black wood carving

The black wood handicraft products in Cangshu have the long history, are known for simple shapes, flowing freely lines, fine work, whet the paint shining, they are generous, the craft is strong, the collecting value is high, it is the tour trophy which gathers practical and enjoy for the integral whole.

The special product --- Song Jin

Jin is a kind of deluxe silk goods, Song Jin is produced in Suzhou, Yun Jin is produced in Nanjing and the Shu Jin is produced in Sichuan, they are called three famous Jin in China together. Its craft of knitting is fashionable, Jingsi has Mianjing and Dijing, so is called Chong Jin again. The biggest special feature of Song Jin is elegant patterns, the color is cultured, neat to stand, the ancient joss-stick and color, they often are used in mounting the valuable calligraphies, the deluxe gift boxes, also can be made to the special kind clothing and laces.

The laces in Cangshu

It is called the carving embroider in Cangshu again, beginning from 1917. It is one of the famous handicraft carving embroider of our country, takes the careful work, fine and delicate, gorgeous color, the carvings and embroiders to combine, button up to stick to match each other, simple, refined and generous, the assortment is numerous, beautiful and practical, so it is known for Chinese and Foreign.

The snake healthful articles, the leather products

The snake healthful articles of Cangshu have great reputation, there are Longliqi capsule, Mengtianqi capsule, the skin care things etc., they have the special effects of face beauty and keeping to permit, they develop the leather products, such as suitcases, boxes, belts of snake's leather again in recent years, it is the trophy which the people who come to visit in Cangshu choose firstly.

Biluochun Tea

It is one of the ten famous teas of China, is called Xiasharenxiang. The Kangxi went in south and passed by Suzhou, added the applause greatly after tasting the tea's flavor. Because the tea is adapted in the period of Qingming and Guyu, was granted to name of Biluochun, was juxtaposed for the contribution.

The method of making tea: Take a few of tea, put into warm water, its white Hao will dissolve slowly, the tea dip down, the cup's bottom is verdant at this time, but the water is still tasteless, pour out about 2/3 water, then blunt with boiled water, when the tea all launch, the water's color is pale green such as jade at this time, the tea's flavor is heavy.

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Transportation
Aviation Railway Road Sea Transportation

Suzhou city has formed a huge cubic and open transportation structure. It has many types of transportation and forms circles in the outskirts of a city. The waterway and the land routes go side by side. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal in Suzhou boundary and the Suzhou-Hangzhou Highway run through the north and the south; The Shanghai-Nanjing Railway and Shanghai-Nanjing express highway wind from east to west. The highway is accessible from all directions within the territory, the rivers and harbors cover densely. So the land and water transportation is convenient and rapid.

The niche advantage of Suzhou is obvious, the transportation is very convenient, the Jinghang Grand Canal connects with south and north in the city, Jinglu Railroad, Luning superhighway go through horizontally from east to west, it is the meeting place of 312, 204 and 318 National Freeways, there are the express train trunk lines which go directly to the Pudong of Shanghai and Hongqiao Airport in Suzhou. There are 3 national-class seaports of Yangtze River which are Zhangjiagang, Changshu and Taichang in Suzhou.

External Traffic

Aviation

There is no passenger jet field in Suzhou, the airports of the close quarter of Suzhou mainly have: Hongqiao International Airport of Shanghai is apart 86 kilometers from Suzhou, Nanking International Airport is apart 200 kilometers from Suzhou, Suofang Airport is apart 40 kilometers from Suzhou, Guangfu Airport of Suzhou is apart 10 kilometers from Suzhou, Pudong International Airport of Shanghai is just in the construction. The transport of flight paths by air: There are total more than 300 flight paths in the Hongqiao Airport of Shanghai, which go directly to 97 cities.

Flight paths of North America: New York, Lossandge, San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, Chicago, Ankeleiqi, Vancouver.
Flight paths of Europe: Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Munich, Moscow, Amsterdam.
Flight paths of Asia: Tokyo, Daban, Fugang, Guangdao, Nagoya, Changqi, Seoul, Fushan, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Deli, Katmandu, Hong Kong, Macau. Flight paths of Australia: Melbourne, Sydney.
Domestic lines: In addition to Taiwan, Tibet, they can all go directly to the main cities of each province, overlay more than 60 cities of whole country.

Telephone numbers in common use Enquiry Center of the Airport: 0516-83068113 Freight Center of the airport: 0516-83068147 24 Hours Ticket Booking Call: 0516-83068188 Complaint Call: 0516-83068075, 0516-83068021Telephone numbers in common use Enquiry Center of the Airport: 0516-83068113 Freight Center of the airport: 0516-83068147 24 Hours Ticket Booking Call: 0516-83068188 Complaint Call: 0516-83068075, 0516-83068021

Railway

Almost all the railroad trains on Luning Line all stop in Suzhou, there are the trains that start in Suzhou, the more are the trains which start in other cities to pass by Suzhou to Shanghai. There is one train that goes back and forth of Suzhou- Shanghai each time equally about every 20 minutes, there is one train every 10 or 15 minutes in Weekends or the high peak time of visiting graves, the ticket price is from 7 to 22 Yuan, it takes from 40 minutes to half and one hours. The Chengji railroad trains from Shanghai to Suzhou set out at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 every day in the new station in Shanghai, the ticket price is 15 Yuan, and you take 40 minutes to go directly immediately.

The selling tickets hall which is in the east side of the train station of Suzhou sells tickets of each station of national net inside 6 days. There is a meet an emergency ticket window in the east side of the enter of station, particularly selling each ticket whose driving time in a hour, selling the website tickets at the same time. There are the booking offices inside Suzhou City contain: The No.8 of Taijian Lane in Guanqian Street, Consolidated Ticket Office is at No.566 of People Road, Suyuan Hotel is at No.99 of People South Road. The Jinglu Railroad is from Bejing to Shanghai, the Jinglu Rapid Transit Railroad in the programming goes through the Suzhou. The average measure of sending out travellers every year is 8,006,000, the measure of sending out goods is 1,579,000 tons, and the measure of goods arriving is 6,618,000 tons.

Road

Along with opening widely 312,204 and 318 National Freeways, the building up of Huning Superhighway and the Sujiahang Superhighway will soon be finished, they became the main framework structure of" three horizontal two Shu" highway with the high grade highway and the second class highway matches each other the set, become the integrity, convenience stereoscopic transportation network in Suzhou.

Suzhou is the southeast gate of Jiangsu Province that leads to Shanghai, Zhejiang, there are 4 long distances passenger transportation stations. On November 8th in 2003, the Sujiahang Superhighway which in from north in Changshu City of Jiangsu Province to south in Hangzhou City of Zhejiang Province was opened. It communicates the Yanjiang superhighway, Huning superhighway, the Huhang superhighway and Husuzhewan superhighway, has the important meanings for the transportation conditions of the improvement Suzhou and peripheral districts.

Shanghai sends the main superhighway buses long distance passenger transportation station to Suzhou, the delivering time about as follows, the single way ticket price is between 26 to 30 Yuan:

The way passenger transportation station of north area is at No.80 of Gongxing Road. 6:40, 10:20, 11:20, 14:30
High-speed passenger transportation station is at No.270 of Hengfeng Road. 7:20, 8:10, 8:50, 9:30, 11:40, 12:00, 13:10, 13:30, 14:00, 14:10, 15:00, 16:00, 17:40

The long distance passenger transportation station is at No.1015 of Zhongshan North Road 7:45, 8:30, 9:20, 13:40, 15:30, and 17:00
The Xujiahui transportation passenger transportation station is at No.211 of Hongqiao Road. 7:00, 8:00, 8:50, 10:00, 11:40, 12:00, 13:10, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 16:00

The Pudongtangqiao long distance passenger transportation station is at No.3843 of Pudong South Road. 7:15, 8:50, 10:15, 11:40, 12:00, 13:10, 13:30, 14:00, 14:15, 14:30, 15:00, 16:00, 16:45

There are high-speed big buses to leave for Shanghai in the daytime everyday in the south, north, west bus stations in Suzhou, the north bus station has the most buses, there is 1 of 20 minutes, the ticket price is between 26 to 30 Yuan, you need take about an hour and 20 minutes. The getting off stations in Shanghai are in Hengfeng Road, Hutai Road, Xujiahui in Hongqiao Road, Bailianjing in Pudong...etc., we suggest you ask clearly while buying tickets and choose the near station which leaves of oneself's destination.

Sea Transportation

The harbors sea transportation flight paths of Shanghai: the flight path service and the sequence of flights in August are 37 branch lines to Hong Kong, 56 lines to Japan, 24 lines to Europe, 17 lines to America and Canada, 3 line to Taiwan, 15 lines to Hsin-ma, 2 lines to seashore, 13 lines to South Korea, 5 lines to Donghong, 3 lines to West Africa, 4 lines to Dibei, 2 lines to Dinan and 4 lines to Aoxin.
Harbor of Shanghai: Be apart 100 kilometers from Suzhou; the measure of year swallowing to vomit is 165,000,000 tons, has 104 ten thousand tons-class seats.

Zhangjiagang: Be apart 96 kilometers from Suzhou;The measure of year swallowing to vomit is 8,000,000 tons, has 18 ten thousand tons-class seats, the biggest one is 50,000 tons the food and oil appropriation wharf

Taichang Harbor: Be apart 70 kilometers from Suzhou; It is in the construction, anticipate to have 30 ten thousand tons-class seats.
Changshu Harbor: Be apart 60 kilometers from Suzhou; it is in the construction, the measure of year swallowing to vomit is 1,500,000 tons.

Shipping: The sea mail passages of Yangtze River, Jinghang Canal communicate with the main passages of all levels of harbor channels, you can buy tickets to take ships at Nannen Wharf in Suzhou which is at No.8 in People Road and Wulinmen Wharf in Hangzhou which is at No.138 in Huancheng North Road, there is one ship at 17:30 every day, it arrive at 7:00 next day. Becoming the water net, the shipping of Yangtze River can reach to the local interior region such as Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Chongqing of etc., the whole city inland river channel navigation mileage is 2898.7 kilometers, and the mobile of ship mileage is 2249.6 kilometers.

Internal Traffic

Taxi Bus Manpower three-wheeled carts Bicycle

Taxi

You can easily hail metered taxis in Suzhou. During the day, the first three kilometers (about 1.9 miles) is CNY 10 and then CNY 1.8 for every succeeding kilometer (about 0.6 mile) after three kilometers. After five kilometers (about 2.7 miles), 50% of the price is added to the passenger fee. Each five-minute or more waiting time is added as one extra kilometer to the passenger fee. Late at night (after 23:00), the price is CNY13 for the first three kilometers and CNY12 for each additional kilometer.

Bus

The common ticket price is 1 Yuan, the air condition buses' ticket price is 2 Yuan, most of them are buses where there is no man to sell the tickets. Some suburb circuits of Suzhou practice the ticket price of turning over the cards; it is not similar ticket price in the whole distance. There is a piece of hint card on the door of getting on the buses, marks clearly the ticket price of getting on the buses at this station, and the drivers turn over it on the way, so get a name.

Manpower three-wheeled carts

Parts of beauty spots of Suzhou distribute in lanes, the automobiles can't arrive at front directly; the three-wheeled carts are the best pileups at this time. The three-wheeled carts' start price is 2 Yuan, adds to 2 Yuan each one kilometer, when taking it, everybody need spend 5 Yuan per hour.

Remindings: The three-wheeled carts of Suzhou still have no perfect profession norm, so before getting on the car, you need talk the price with carters, in order to prevent fall into trap.

Bicycle

The beauty spots of Suzhou are more concentrated, riding a bicycle to walk a lane of street, search for ancient relics, you certainly go deeply in the artistic conception of small bridges, flowing water, families. There are many renting bikes stores in the region of Pingmen Bridge in the east side of the train station, the price is: 2 Yuan in 4 hours, 3 Yuan between 5 to 6 hours, 5 Yuan of 1 day, demand ID card and security deposit.

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