Silk is one of the major ancient civilizations of China. Enjoying the preferred geographic environment and having the predominant skill of silk making, Suzhou is favored by many people from the globe, other than its gardens, water, etc. Possessing a history of silk making of over 4,700 years, Suzhou was once a prominent place to produce silk products to the whole China and is praised as the “Hometown of Silk”. And till now, it is still working hard to provide the soft, exquisite, elegant, royal, and treasurable silk items to the other counties.
Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill (苏州市第一丝厂) is also named Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory or Suzhou Silk Factory in short. This historic state-owned plant was established in 1926 and become a particularly honored century-old factory in Suzhou. For its traditional skills of making silk and direct exhibition of culture and history of silk in China, Suzhou Silk Factory has been recommended by the BBC Travel. As a result, you could go to this silk factory to see closely the detail steps from silkworm breeding, selecting cocoons, making silk, feel the soft, thin and light silk quilt and fill your eyes with various unprecedented excellent silk exhibits, which will tell why the Chinese silk is so charming that many people are wowed by it.
The thousands-year-long splendid culture and history of silk in Suzhou and China is perfectly presented to you with historical pictures and words. Also, you will admire the very typical old silk clothes in ancient China, like the imperial robe in Qing dynasty, costume of women, ornaments in delicate patterns, etc. What’s more, the vivid scenes of ancient Chinese people breeding silkworms, dyeing raw silks, and many silk manufacturing machines in ancient times are well exhibited in Suzhou Silk Factory.
Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory as an aged silk manufacturing plant offers you a great chance to see the real mulberry trees and silkworms. In the workshop, you can ee a lot of silkworms eating mulberries leaves on the round bamboo sieves, and even more, you can touch them to feel their softness and see why these so tiny lives can produce so amazing silk. Furthermore, you can pick up a silkworm baby to take a picture with yourself to memorize this fantastic silk visit, which would be so cool!
Besides, silk cocoons are placed in another room, where you can see that some cocoons are going to be chrysalis, some are laying eggs, and some are still immature.
In another large part in the workshop, you can see many large machines working. You would know that silk cocoons of different shapes, colors, sizes are for diverse usages while selecting cocoons; that cocoon cooking in the hot water is good for the easier dissociation of cocoon silks; and that silk reeling is a vital step to make cocoons into the raw silk. It is surprise and awesome to see the very thin silk become the common threads. You can see how the staff works in each step and touch the cocoons in different sections. Moreover, you can also see the ancient machine weaving fine silk cloths with delicate patterns.
Terrific moment is to watch the four staff making the silk quilt in site. And you are surely welcomed to touch the super soft, light, fleecy, and warm silk quilt. You must doubt about your eyes and touch while getting close to this pure silk quilt. Moreover, there is a sea of fancy silk items exhibiting in Suzhou Silk Factory, like the smooth bedding articles, scarves, pajamas, silk embroideries, qipaos, shirts, etc. Your eyes will undoubtedly be puzzled by these shining, silky and colorful silk exhibits showed here.
You will absolutely disappoint to be told that the exhibits are not for selling when you see some very nice things. However, you can buy some superior silk items in Suzhou Silk Factory to complete your silk visit in Suzhou. Since Suzhou Silk Factory provides genuine silk articles, considerate mailing and currency exchanging services, many people home and abroad have taken their silk favorites back home after visiting. With the good silk materials, clearly marked reasonable prices, various patterns and sorts, Suzhou Silk Factory is your best place to do some shopping.
Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory is located at Nanmen Road (南门路), with the Panmen Scenic Area (盘门景区) on the west and the Grand Canal on the north. You can get there by bus, subway, taxi, rickshaw, bicycle, etc.
If you want to get rid of hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers sightseeing, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing.
1. Services: mailing service (including overseas), currency exchange service, parking lot, hotel, café, restaurant, washroom, etc. are available in Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory;
2. There are some staff can speak a little English, but it is recommended to visit Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory with a tour guide who can explain the details of each silk manufacturing step clearly in your language and make your visit more meaningful.
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