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What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?
Deodorant can be difficult to find in Suzhou. It can be found in Watson's and select other stores, however, selection can be scarce so bring a good supply from home, as it can be nearly 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer.
Bring a generous supply of any specialized medicines or vitamins that you or your family use. These may not be available in the brand or form that you wish.
You may have trouble locating a good selection of western CDs and books in shops.
Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
Some people may have difficulties finding clothes that fit. However, there are good tailors in Suzhou and Shanghai who charge reasonable rates.
What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?
Suzhou pays host to two Carrefour and one Auchan supermarket that contain varying quantities of imported groceries. There are also number of smaller boutique-type supermarkets that stock a greater variety of imported goods, albeit at a higher price.
Suzhou New District, Industrial Park and downtown all have a wide variety of international restaurants.
Downtown, with its many department stores, is better known for shopping.
Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?
Carrefour and Auchan are the most convenient places to buy most household items. For other things, there is a branch of B&Q in Suzhou or you could visit IKEA in Shanghai. Many streets also contain small stores that offer cooking, cleaning and construction materials.
What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?
Some items may take a relatively long time to find. In addition, travel to some shopping areas and stores may be difficult, depending on distance and/or your fluency in Chinese.
Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.