09 Oct 23

Unveiling Cangjie: a new luxury landmark in Suzhou

Cangjie, a luxury retail street designed by Woods Bagot for Yanlord Group, a premier luxury real estate developer based in Singapore, made its grand debut in September in Suzhou. Woods Bagot Principals, Christopher Lye and Billy Ip, attended the unveiling and took great pride in the innovative creation.

“I’m extremely glad to see the realization of Cangjie after 7 years of hard work with our team, client, government, and heritage experts. Cangjie is set to become the next benchmark of high-end retail street in China, its planning and design is with a city relevance that belongs to Suzhou, and Suzhou only,” says Christopher Lye, Principal in Charge.

Cangjie isn’t just another retail street; it encompasses luxury retail, public spaces art and culture goes beyond standard retail environment of commercial complexes and invites wider communities and travelers, who crave creative, evolving spaces and facilities. The architectural design is a contemporary reinterpretation of indigenous culture, art and way of life of Suzhou. The old and new organically integrated through layout and a nuanced design language that honors and advances the area’s rich heritage.

The prominence of Yanlord Cangjie is evident through substantial media coverage at national to municipal levels, and through the more than 2.4 million views of #suzhouyanlordcangjie on the trending Chinese social platform – Xiaohongshu or Little Red Book.

Check out some of the recent media highlights below.

A fresh breath into ancient Suzhou.

“Seven years in the making, the vision of blending traditional aesthetics of Suzhou and contemporary fashion has come to life with the launch of Yandlord Cangjie. The open, modernly interpreted, dimensional garden-style retails street now invites all to explore and gather in a vibrant, stylish, and diverse urban setting.”

Suzhou Yanlord Cangjie Official WeChat

Suzhou’s first OPEN retail street opened coinciding with Suzhou Design Week 2023.

“This is Suzhou’s first open retail street. The grand opening is in conjunction with the commencement of Suzhou Design Week 2023 and the Suzhou Garden Art Festival. With its high-end tenants, the complex will revitalize the commercial landscape of the ancient city and contributes to Suzhou’s transformation into an international destination.”


Trendy and Top tier! Splendid popularity in Suzhou and newly opened Cangjie.

“The ancient city of Suzhou celebrated a landmark moment with the grand opening of its new luxury destination, the Yanlord Cangjie. This forms part of the city’s ongoing efforts to rejuvenate its historic core by merging culture, commerce, and tourism. Cangjie attracted significant 400,000 visitors alone, out of over 1 million during the first 4 days of China’s national holiday with vibrant self-curated markets CJ Super Warehouse, art exhibitions and flash shows, offering a place full of youthful ambience.”

  • Suzhou Gov Channel

Wander in Wonder: Suzhou Cangjie officially opens.

“As a flagship commercial development by Yanlord Group, The Cangjie in Suzhou combines modern and traditional elements to provide a modern lifestyle hub in the ancient city. The project marks Yanlord’s 30 years mapping in China and represent its ongoing efforts in urban renewal.

There will be a future lineup of over 200 brands, with 70% marking their debut in Suzhou or even in China. We look forward to its full blossoming soon.”

Luxe.co & Guandian.cn

The precinct was further celebrated with large-scale art installations including Globally renowned public artist Florentijn Hofman also made a surprise appearance with their iconic Magnificent Magpies installation in Cangjie Square. Many more highlights to be revealed.


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Shirley Hao
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