In addition to the traditional shops located in old Suzhou, there are modern international shopping malls and centres such as Times Square, Shin Kong Place, Harmony Plaza, Eslite Bookstore and InCity Mall that house clothing, homeware and electronics stores as well as supermarkets, restaurants and coffee shops.
In addition to the many local food shops selling fresh fruit, vegetables and meat and convenience stores, Suzhou also has a number of large international supermarkets selling Chinese and imported food. There are also a variety of smaller international food stores.
There is almost a coffee shop on every corner in Suzhou and most have free Wi-Fi access. You can find all of the major international coffee chains while the city also has an number of independent coffeehouses - be sure to check them out at the popular Pingjiang Road.
In addition to the Dushu Lake Higher Education Town sports centre and sports facilities around campus, SIP also has a wide choice of gyms and facilities. Sporting events are also held throughout the year including the Suzhou Jinji Lake half marathon in April and a Tai Lake half marathon in November. For those of you who enjoy cycling there are also many activities that take place.