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Traditional Arts


As integral part of the 4, 000 years' Chinese civilization,the unique culture of the Wu Region south of the Yangtze has inherited and enhanced the aspect of the refined temperament and feminine beauty instead of the masculine and robust. Such cultural characteristics are shown in the rich,clean rhythm of the Wu poetry, the sweet,mellow tone of the Wu dialect, the slow-paced and lingering melody of Kunqu Opera,the crisp and delightful tune of ballad singing, the quaint and lively calligraphy,the delicate and elegant landscape painting,the simplistic and cursive engraving of seals, the merry and vivid New Year's pictures of Taohuawu wood-block printing,etc. An artistic manifestation of the age-old philosophy,the Wu Culture seeks the informal and the natural,the mild and soft lines, the enduring impression and implicit sense of beauty.

Apart from the ancient architecture and folklore, the fine elements of Suzhou's art and culture can best be seen in the various museums,notably, the Municipal Museum,the Theatrical Museum,the Museum of Folklore,the Museum of Engraved Stone Tablets,the Museum of Suzhou Embroidery Art ,the Silk Museum, etc.

Suzhou ballad-singing
Suzhou ballad-singing
Kunqu opera
Kunqu opera

Theatrical Art Museum
Theatrical Art Museum
Handicrafts and silk are the most outstanding native produce of Suzhou.

Suzhou's arts & crafts represent a unique cultural style and workmanship developed over a thousand years under the influence of the Wu Culture and the skills of generations of artisans. Most representative of Suzhou style are embroidery,fans,national musical instruments, scroll mounting, lanterns, mahogany furniture, jade carving, silk tapestry, traditional painting pigments of Jiangsixutang Studio, the New Year's wood-block prints of Taohuawu Studio,etc. Marked by exquisite craftsmanship and elegant colour,all the products are warmly acclaimed in China and overseas.

By inheriting the workmanship and elegant designs of the traditional handicrafts ,the silk industry of Suzhou has developed a modern mass production scale and become the mainstay of China's silk export with superior quality and output. It is also the most notable item in tourist shopping.

As part of Huaiyang Cuisine, the Suzhou style cooking is closely related to the local culture and characterized by natural flavour, beautiful presentation, light and palatable taste, and seasonal varieties. The selection of materials has much to do with the water country. Dishes and pastries traditionally served aboard of pleasure boats remain the principal form. Ingredients for seasonal foods are fishes, shrimps, crabs, water mallows,gorgon fruits and other aquatic products. The visitor is sure to be impressed by the refined taste of Suzhou cuisine.

Sandal wood fans
Sandal wood fans

Suzhou embroidery
Suzhou embroidery



Precious Delicate Pagoda
Precious Delicate Pagoda
Jade carving
Jade carving


Micro-carved ivory fan
Micro-carved ivory fan

Mandarin fish
Mandarin fish
Biluochun tea
Biluochun tea
Huang Tianyuan confectionery
Huang Tianyuan confectionery

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