Suzhou handicrafts may be more detailed than you can imagine. A single thread can be divided into more than a hundred filaments, and the refinement, delicacy, elegance and cleanliness of Suzhou embroidery are evident in the 1.5 mm carving knife, which moves freely over two or three centimeter olive nuclei, demonstrating the strength and dexterity of Suzhou handwork.
The traditional craftspeople of Suzhou are a bit like fictional martial arts masters, hidden away in the marketplace, each with their own skills. However, these are not the key to the transmission of skills, as a craft has been passed down for thousands of years, and the changes, heritage and innovation, as well as the sophistication, philosophy and warmth of the craft, are all related to people’s lives.
YOU CAN SLOW DOWN EVEN LIFE IN THE URBAN CITY
Suzhou is now a vibrant city of food, culture, creativity and entertainment, while retaining its historical charm and cultural tone and adding modern and trendy elements.
As a district for experiencing the "modern slow life" in Suzhou, both local people and foreign visitors love to come to Pingjiang Road for leisure. Popular tourist attractions such as the Suzhou Museum, the Humble Administrator's Garden and the Lion Grove, as well as various concept bookstores and themed cafes, make Pingjiang Road a must-visit destination.
If you're tired of wandering and want to take a break, you can also find a tea house where you can sit down and enjoy a performance of traditional Suzhou folk songs. You can order a pot of tea for 30 or 40 RMB and spend the afternoon relaxing.
YOU CAN SLOW DOWN WHEN YOU TASTE THE FOOD
Highly local food and snacks line the street, attracting many Chinese and foreign friends who will eat and come from far and wide just for them. The restaurants and street food of the Old Street are closely linked to the food culture of Suzhou, and both the large dishes and the snacks give the city its aroma.
Suzhou cuisine is all about fresh dishes and seasonal ingredients, and is particularly good at preparing river food such as fish and shrimp. There are many restaurants that specialise in the old Suzhou flavours, and dishes such as Mandarin Fish, Steamed White Fish, Water Shield with Egg Flakes, Moon Cakes, Fengzhen noodles, Aozao noodles, Semen euryales, Fish Flavor Spring Rolls, Youtunjinjiao (Fried Steamed Bun), Sugar Porridge, Jiuniang Cake, and more.
With culture, art, history and commerce, Suzhou satisfies the dynamic balance of "slow and fast", meeting the needs of people who want to experience a better life through art, literature and life while living and consuming.
Welcome to Suzhou to experience the "Art of Slowing Down"!