Shuang Wan Cun is a peri-urban village located in the Wujiang District of Suzhou, in China. During 2015–2016, the village experimented with the implementation of the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) recommendation, being assisted in this process by the Research Institute of Urbanisation of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. It was one of the pilot projects to implement the ‘Shanghai Agenda for HUL in China’ at WHITRAP (2015). Among those, it is one of the few cases of HUL application in China dealing with the challenges of an ordinary rural village affected by problems ascribable to the massive urbanization process. This case is particularly relevant because of the strong local political willingness to study alternative development strategies more considerate of local historic structures and to implement civic engagement tools with the local community.