Guanqian Street is a street in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. The street is located in Suzhou city
centre, an area covering 0.52 square kilometres, the commercial part of the city.
It is an old street consisting of a Grand Taoist Building group, which has a long history of more than
1,300 years. The Temple of the Lord, its name is Sanqing Temple. The street is named for a temple-
Xuanmiao Temple, which is on the street, because it is in front of the temple. This street has existed
since 1930 and has been renovated many times since then. On June 1982, the street was designated
by the municipal authority as a “walking street” and a new night market was established. The street has
been honoured as the one of the Four Most Famous Walking Streets in China (other three: Nanjing’s
Fuzimiao, Shanghai’s Cheng Huang Miao and Beijing’s Tianqiao).
Lying in the downtown core of Suzhou, the main theme of the street involves eating, shopping and
entertaining. There are hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars, stores and clubs in old fashioned
structures surrounded by colorful signs and neon lights along the street. The location of this 150-year-
old street lying in front of the Xuanmiao Taoist temple explains its name, which means "before a temple".
The street running 760 metres long, consists of the eastern, middle and western sections. The eastern
part is filled with nice ancient buildings of historical significance. The middle is mainly the temple and
fashionable shops occupy the western part. Strolling on Guanqian Street is a favorite pastime of the
locals. Now, the restored street attracts not only Suzhou people but also visitors, as it is an attraction
blending business, culture, religion and food delights.
There are many features of the street, including the famous century-old shops such as Huangtianyuan,
Sanwanchang, Caizhizhai and so on, which gain an international reputation. It is precisely the existence
of these century-old shops that make the Guanqian Street not only become a typical commercial street,
but also illustrate the culture of Suzhou. Tourists at home and broad are attracted by these century-old
shops because there is variety of Jiangnan dishes available in those century-old shops. Meanwhile,
some of the shops have a long history of more than 100 years, which gives the tourists deep
impressions and many of the tourists visiting Guanqian street just come to enjoy the delicious food.
W 觀前街 Guanqian Street 觀前街 Guanqian Street E
Taijian Alley 太監弄 Bifeng Lane 碧風坊(Famous Catering St.)
Guanqian Pedestrianized Shopping Street
The 760 m Guanqian Street equipped with electric cars, you can get on and off at
anywhere of the street, costs 2 yuan / person.
觀前街全長760米，備有電動車代步，在街道任何地點均可上下車，費用 2元 / 每人。
Lu Gao Jian 陸稿薦
Located at the east end of Guanqian street, Lu Gao Jian is a take-out restaurant that
offers the finest cut of meat in Suzhou. The shop was founded in the Qing dynasty in
1663 and is especially famous for braised pork with soy sauce. Other specialties
include the honey sauce duck and braised pork head with soy sauce.
San Wan Chang Teahouse 三萬昌茶館
San Wan Chang is the most famous brand name of tea in Suzhou. San Wan Chang,
since from year 1855, is now boasting a history of more than 100 years. There are
many outlets in Suzhou including coffee and tea houses, and tea shops.
三萬昌在蘇州是最有名的招牌茶館。從 1855 年到現在超過百年歷史，在蘇州有許多分
East Section of Guanqian Street
lined with old buildings.
Dao Xiang Cun 稻香村
"Chinese century-old shop" Dao Xiang Cun, founded in Qing Dynasty in 1773, is a
production of pastry brand in Suzhou. Its Suzhou-style moon cake making skills are
included in "Chinese intangible cultural heritage protection list."
Cai Zhi Zhai, a Suzhou-style famous food store in Suzhou
Suzhou Cai Zhi Zhai founded in the year 1870, has been 130 years of history.
Cai Zhi Zhai traditional products were Suzhou-style candy, pastries, roasted goods,
preserves, and savory food five categories.
采芝齋的傳統產品為蘇式糖果、糕點、炒貨、 蜜餞和鹹味 5大類。
Cai Zhi Zhai sell shrimp seed dried sea fish, shrimp seed soy sauce, cream seeds,
jujube paste sesame cake, sesame halva have become a household name in
Suzhou local specialty.
Suzhou Cai Zhi Zhai 蘇州采芝齋
Local specialties 本地特產
Shrimp seed dried sea fish 蝦籽鯗魚Suzhou-style pastries 蘇式糕點
Bianjian bamboo shoots 扁尖筍
Ye Shou He 葉受和
Located near Cai Zhi Zhai is another famous shop selling Suzhou pastries. The wa-
di-su, a crisp cake made in the shape of socks, and suanmei-tang (plum juice) are
especially good here. The dried tofu is another popular snack here.
Inside of the Huang Tian Yuan Dumpling Shop
The old brand Huang Tian Yuan, especially its main shop on Guanqian Shopping
Street, is one of the best places to visit for local snacks. Their rice cakes are available
in different flavors: sesame, peanut, red bean, etc. During spring , you can find people
queuing up to buy the qing-tuan-zi (green glutinous rice balls).