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A hotel in Suzhou is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Suzhou hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Suzhou are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Suzhou hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Suzhou hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Suzhou have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Suzhou
An upscale full service hotel facility in Suzhou that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Suzhou hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Suzhou
Full service Suzhou hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Suzhou
Boutique hotels of Suzhou are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Suzhou boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Suzhou may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Suzhou
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Suzhou travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Suzhou focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Suzhou
Small to medium-sized Suzhou hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Suzhou traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Suzhou hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Suzhou
A bed and breakfast in Suzhou is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Suzhou bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Suzhou B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Suzhou
Suzhou hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Suzhou hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Suzhou
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Suzhou hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Suzhou lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Suzhou
Suzhou timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Suzhou often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Suzhou on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Suzhou
A Suzhou motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Suzhou for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Suzhou motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Suzhou
苏州市
Prefecture-level city
Landmarks of Suzhou - top left: Humble Administrator's Garden; top right: Yunyan Pagoda in Tiger Hill; middle: Skyline of Jinji Lake; bottom left: Changmen Gate in night; bottom right: Shantang Canal
Landmarks of Suzhou - top left: Humble Administrator's Garden; top right: Yunyan Pagoda in Tiger Hill; middle: Skyline of Jinji Lake; bottom left: Changmen Gate in night; bottom right: Shantang Canal
Flag of Suzhou
Flag
Location in Jiangsu
Location in Jiangsu
Suzhou is located in China
Suzhou
Suzhou
Location in China
Coordinates:  / 31.300; 120.600  / 31.300; 120.600
Country China
Province Jiangsu
County-level divisions 11
Established 514 BC
Government
• Type Prefecture-level city
• Party Secretary Zhou Naixiang
• Mayor Qu Futian
Area
• Prefecture-level city 8,488.42 km (3,277.40 sq mi)
• Land 6,093.92 km (2,352.88 sq mi)
• Water 2,394.50 km (924.52 sq mi)
• Urban 2,743 km (1,059 sq mi)
Population (2013)
• Prefecture-level city 10,578,700
• Density 1,200/km (3,200/sq mi)
• Urban 5,468,300
• Urban density 2,000/km (5,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Suzhounese
Time zone Beijing Time (UTC+8)
Postal code 215000
Area code(s) 512
GDP (2014)
  • Total

CNY 1.406 trillion
USD $228.87 billion
PPP $330.48 billion

  • Per capita

CNY 132,908
USD $21,635
PPP $31,240

  • Growth: Increase 8%
HDI (2015) 0.894 - very high
City flower Osmanthus
City tree Camphor laurel
Regional dialect Wu: Suzhou dialect
License plate prefix 苏E
Website www.suzhou.gov.cn
Suzhou
Suzhou (Chinese characters).svg
"Suzhou" in simplified and traditional characters
Simplified Chinese 苏州
Traditional Chinese 蘇州
Hanyu Pinyin Sūzhōu
Postal Soochow
Transcriptions
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu Pinyin Sūzhōu
Wu
Suzhounese Sou-tseuy
Hakka
Romanization Sû-chû
Yue: Cantonese
Jyutping Sou-zau
Southern Min
Hokkien POJ Soo-ciŭ
Old Names for Suzhou
Simplified Chinese

1. 吴
2. 姑苏
3. 阖闾城
4. 吴县
5. 吴郡
6. 会稽郡
7. 吴都
8. 吴中
9. 东吴
10. 吴门

11. 平江
Traditional Chinese

1. 吳
2. 姑蘇
3. 闔閭城
4. 吳縣
5. 吳郡
6. 會稽郡
7. 吳都
8. 吳中
9. 東吳
10. 吳門

11. 平江
Hanyu Pinyin

1. Wú
2. Gūsū
3. Hélǘchéng
4. Wúxiàn
5. Wújùn
6. Kuàijījùn
7. Wúdū
8. Wúzhōng
9. Dōngwú
10. Wúmén

11. Píngjiāng
Postal

1. Wu
2. Kusu
3. Holucheng
4. Wuhsien
5. Wuchun
6. Kwaikichun
7. Wutu
8. Wuchung
9. Tungwu
10. Wumen

11. Pingkiang
Transcriptions
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu Pinyin

1. Wú
2. Gūsū
3. Hélǘchéng
4. Wúxiàn
5. Wújùn
6. Kuàijījùn
7. Wúdū
8. Wúzhōng
9. Dōngwú
10. Wúmén

11. Píngjiāng

Suzhou, formerly romanized as Soochow, is a major city located in southeastern Jiangsu Province of East China, about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Shanghai. It is a major economic center and focal point of trade and commerce, and the second largest city in the province after the capital Nanjing. The city is situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and the shores of Lake Tai and belongs to the Yangtze River Delta region. Administratively, Suzhou is a prefecture-level city with a population of 4.33 million in its city proper, and a total resident population (as of 2013) of 10.58 million in its administrative area. Its urban population grew at an unprecedented rate of 6.5% between 2000 and 2014, which is the highest among cities with more than 5 million people.

Founded in 514 BC, Suzhou has over 2,500 years of history, with an abundant display of relics and sites of historical interest. Around AD 100, during the Eastern Han Dynasty, it became one of the ten largest cities in the world mostly due to emigration from Northern China. Since the 10th-century Song Dynasty, it has been an important commercial center of China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasty, Suzhou was a national economic, cultural, and commercial center, as well as the largest non-capital city in the world, until the 1860 Taiping Rebellion. When Li Hongzhang and Charles George Gordon recaptured the city three years later, Shanghai had already taken its predominant place in the nation. Since major economic reforms began in 1978, Suzhou has become one of the fastest growing major cities in the world, with GDP growth rates of about 14% in the past 35 years. With high life expectancy and per capita incomes, Suzhou's Human Development Index ratings is roughly comparable to a moderately developed country, making it one of the most highly developed and prosperous cities in China.

The city's canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens have contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions in China. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000. Suzhou is often dubbed the "Venice of the East" or "Venice of China".

Suzhou: Names

During the Zhou, a settlement known as Gusu after nearby Mount Gusu (t 姑蘇山, s 姑苏山, p Gūsūshān) became the capital of the state of Wu. From this role, it also came to be called Wu as well. In 514 BC, King Helü of Wu established a new capital nearby at Helü City and this grew into the modern city. During the Warring States period, Helü City continued to serve as the local seat of government. From the areas it administered, it became known as Wuxian (lit. "Wu County") and Wujun ("Wu Commandery"). Under the Qin, it was known as Kuaiji after its greatly enlarged commandery, which was named for the reputed resting place of Yu the Great near modern Shaoxing in Zhejiang.

The name Suzhou was first officially used for the city in AD 589 during the Sui dynasty. The character or is a contraction of the mountain and old name Gusu. The sū in its name refers to the mint perilla (shiso). The character originally meant something like a province or county (cf. Guizhou), but often came to be used metonymously for the capital of such a region (cf. Guangzhou, Hangzhou, etc.). Suzhou is the Hanyu Pinyin spelling of the Mandarin pronunciation of the name. Prior to the adoption of pinyin, it was variously romanized as Soo-chow, Suchow, Su-chow, &c.

Suzhou: History

Suzhou, the cradle of Wu culture, is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze Basin. By the Spring and Autumn period of the Zhou, local tribes named the Gou Wu are recorded living in the area which would become the modern city of Suzhou. These tribes formed villages on the edges of the hills above the wetlands surrounding Lake Tai.

Sima Qian's Records of the Grand Historian records traditional accounts that the Zhou lord Taibo established the state of Wu at nearby Wuxi during the 11th century BC, civilizing the local people and improving their agriculture and mastery of irrigation. The Wu court later moved to Gusu within the area of modern Suzhou. In 514 BC, King Helü of Wu relocated his court nearby and called the settlement Helü City after himself. His minister Wu Zixu was closely involved with its planning and it was this site that grew into present-day Suzhou. The height of his tower on Gusu Hill (Gusutai) passed into Chinese legend. In 496 BC, King Helü was buried at Tiger Hill. In 473 BC, Wu was defeated and annexed by Yue, a kingdom to its southeast; Yue was annexed in turn by Chu in 306 BC. Remnants of the ancient kingdom include pieces of its 2,500-year-old city wall and the gate through it at Pan Gate.

During the Warring States period, Suzhou was the seat of Wu County and Commandery. Following the Qin Empire's conquest of the area in 222 BC, it was made the capital of Kuaiji Commandery, including lands stretching from the south bank of the Yangtze to the unconquered interior of Minyue in southern Zhejiang. Amid the collapse of the Qin, Kuaiji's governor Yin Tong attempted to organize his own rebellion only to be betrayed and executed by Xiang Liang and his nephew Xiang Yu, who launched their own rebellion from the city.

When the Grand Canal was completed, Suzhou found itself strategically located on a major trade route. In the course of the history of China, it has been a metropolis of industry and commerce on the southeastern coast of China. During the Tang dynasty, the great poet Bai Juyi constructed the Shantang Canal (better known as "Shantang Street") to connect the city with Tiger Hill for tourists. In AD 1035, the Suzhou Confucian Temple was founded by famed poet and writer Fan Zhongyan. It became a venue for the imperial civil examinations and then developed into the modern Suzhou High School in the 1910s.

In February 1130, the advancing Jin army from the north ransacked the city. This was followed by the Mongol invasion in 1275. In 1356, Suzhou became the capital of Zhang Shicheng, one of the leaders of the Red Turban Rebellion against the Yuan dynasty and the self-proclaimed King of Wu. In 1367, Zhang's Nanjing-based rival Zhu Yuanzhang took the city after a 10-month siege. Zhu – who was soon to proclaim himself the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty – demolished the royal city in the center of Suzhou's walled city and imposed crushing taxes on the city and prefecture's powerful families. Despite the heavy taxation and the resettlement of some of Suzhou's prominent citizens' to the area of Hongwu's capital at Nanjing, Suzhou was soon prosperous again. During the early Ming, Suzhou Prefecture supervised the Yangtze shoals which later became Shanghai's Chongming Island.

When the shipwrecked Korean official Choe Bu had a chance to see much of Eastern China from Zhejiang to Liaoning on his way home in 1488, he described Suzhou in his travel report as exceeding every other city. Many of the famous private gardens were constructed by the gentry of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The iconoclast Taipings captured the city in 1860, however, and its former buildings and gardens were "almost... a heap of ruins" by the time of their recovery by Charles Gordon's Ever-Victorious Army in November 1863. Nonetheless, by 1880, its population was estimated to have recovered to about 500,000, which remained stable for the next few decades. In the late 19th century, the town was particularly known for its wide range of silks and its Chinese-language publishing industry. The town was first opened to direct foreign trade by the Treaty of Shimonoseki ending the First Sino-Japanese War and by the most favored nation clauses of earlier unequal treaties with the Great Powers. The new expatriates opened a European-and-Chinese school in 1900 and the Suzhou Railway Station, connecting it with Shanghai, opened on July 16, 1906. Just prior to the First World War, there were 7000 silk looms in operation, as well as a cotton mill and a large trade in rice.

As late as the early 20th century, much of the city consisted of islands connected by rivers, creeks, and canals to the surrounding countryside. Prior to their demolition, the city walls ran in a circuit of about 10 miles (16 km) with four large suburbs lying outside. The Japanese invaded in 1937, and many gardens were again devastated by the end of the war. In the early 1950s, restoration was done on the Humble Administrator's Garden and the Lingering Garden.

Suzhou: Administrative divisions

See also: List of administrative divisions of Jiangsu

The urban core of Suzhou is informally called the "Old Town". It is Gusu District. Suzhou Industrial Park is to the east of the old town, and Suzhou High & New Technology Development Zone is to the west. In 2000, the original Wu County was divided into two districts including Xiangcheng and Wuzhong. They now form the northern and southern parts of the city of Suzhou.In 2012, the original Wujiang City became Wujiang District of Suzhou City.

Suzhou is one of the most prosperous cities in China. Its development has a direct correlation with the growth of its satellite cities, including Kunshan, Taicang, Changshu, and Zhangjiagang, which together with the city of Suzhou form the Suzhou prefecture. The Suzhou prefecture is home to many high-tech enterprises.

Prosperous Suzhou by Xu Yang
Map
Name Population
(2010)
Area
(km²)
Density
(per km²)
English Chinese Pinyin
Gusu District 姑苏区 Gūsū Qū 954,455 372 2,565.73
Huqiu District 虎丘区 Hǔqiū Qū 572,313 258 2,218.26
Wuzhong District 吴中区 Wúzhōng Qū 1,158,410 672 1,723.82
Xiangcheng District 相城区 Xiāngchéng Qū 693,576 416 1,667.25
Wujiang District 吴江区 Wújiāng Qū 1,275,090 1,093 1,166.59
Satellite cities (County-level cities)
Changshu 常熟市 Chángshú Shì 1,510,103 1,094 1,380.35
Taicang 太仓市 Tàicāng Shì 712,069 620 1,148.49
Kunshan 昆山市 Kūnshān Shì 1,646,318 865 1,903.25
Zhangjiagang 张家港市 Zhāngjiāgǎng Shì 1,248,414 772 1,617.11
Total 10,465,994 8,488 1,233.03
Not a formal administrative subdivisions – Suzhou Industrial Park & Suzhou New District
defunct districts – Canglang District, Pingjiang District, & Jinchang District

Suzhou: Geography

Suzhou is on the Lake Tai Plain south of the Yangtze River, about 100 km (60 mi) to the west of Shanghai and just over 200 km (120 mi) east of Nanjing.

Suzhou: Climate

Suzhou has a four-season humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and cool, cloudy, damp winters with occasional snowfall (Köppen climate classification Cfa). Northwesterly winds blowing from Siberia during winter can cause temperatures to fall below freezing at night, while southerly or southwesterly winds during the summer can push temperatures above 35 °C (95 °F). The hottest temperature recorded since 1951 was at 41.0 °C (106 °F) on 7 August 2013, and the lowest at −9.8 °C (14 °F) on 16 January 1958.

Climate data for Suzhou (1961-1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.7
(45.9)
8.6
(47.5)
12.7
(54.9)
18.6
(65.5)
23.5
(74.3)
27.2
(81)
31.6
(88.9)
31.5
(88.7)
27.2
(81)
22.3
(72.1)
16.7
(62.1)
10.6
(51.1)
19.9
(67.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.7
(38.7)
4.6
(40.3)
8.5
(47.3)
14.2
(57.6)
19.2
(66.6)
23.4
(74.1)
27.8
(82)
27.7
(81.9)
23.6
(74.5)
18.3
(64.9)
12.4
(54.3)
6.1
(43)
15.8
(60.4)
Average low °C (°F) 0.5
(32.9)
1.5
(34.7)
5.1
(41.2)
10.6
(51.1)
15.7
(60.3)
20.3
(68.5)
24.8
(76.6)
24.7
(76.5)
20.5
(68.9)
14.7
(58.5)
8.6
(47.5)
2.4
(36.3)
12.5
(54.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 39.0
(1.535)
58.8
(2.315)
81.2
(3.197)
102.3
(4.028)
114.5
(4.508)
152.0
(5.984)
128.2
(5.047)
133.0
(5.236)
155.6
(6.126)
60.5
(2.382)
51.2
(2.016)
34.7
(1.366)
1,111
(43.74)
Average relative humidity (%) 67 75 70 69 69 75 77 68 74 69 65 68 70.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 136.4 118.7 139.5 153.0 173.6 162.0 232.5 241.8 162.0 161.2 150.0 148.8 1,979.5
Source: 苏州市地方志办公室

Suzhou: Cityscape and Environment

Suzhou: Classical Gardens

Main article: Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Suzhou is famous for its Classical Gardens, collectively a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Humble Administrator's Garden and Lingering Garden are among the four most famous classical gardens in China. The Canglang Pavilion, Lion Grove Garden, Humble Administrator's Garden and Lingering Garden, respectively representing the garden styles of the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties, are called the four most famous gardens in Suzhou. Other gardens inscribed on the World Heritage List include the Couple's Retreat Garden, the Garden of Cultivation, and the Retreat and Reflection Garden.

Suzhou: Temples

  • Hanshan Temple (Cold Mountain Temple; Chinese: 寒山寺)
  • Xiyuan Temple (Monastery Garden; Chinese: 西园寺)
  • Xuanmiao Temple (Chinese: 玄妙观) .
  • Linyanshan Temple(Chinese:灵岩山寺) .
  • Chongyuan Temple (Chinese:重元寺) .
  • TaiPingfang Masjid(Chinese:太平坊清真寺)

Suzhou: Canals and historic districts

Main articles: Pingjiang Road and Shantang Street

Both 800-year-old Pingjiang Road (平江路) and 1,200-year-old Shantang Street (山塘街) are on the list of China's "National Historic and Cultural Streets".

Suzhou: Resorts and Natural Reserves

Suzhou Taihu National Tourism and Vacation Zone (苏州太湖国家旅游度假区) is in the western part of Suzhou, 15 km (9 mi) from the city center.

Suzhou: Skyscrapers

Main article: List of tallest buildings in Suzhou

Gate to the East is a 301.8 meter, 74-story skyscraper in Suzhou's central business district, built in 2015 at a cost of 700 million USD and is currently the tallest building in Suzhou.

Suzhou: Pan Gate

Pan Gate (盘门) is on the southwest corner of the Main Canal or encircling canal of Suzhou. Originally built during the Warring States Period in the state of Wu, historians estimate it to be around 2,500 years old. It is now part of the Pan Gate Scenic Area. It is known for the "three landmarks of Pan Gate". They are the Ruiguang Pagoda(Chinese: 瑞光塔), the earliest pagoda in Suzhou built in 247 BC, the Wu Gate Bridge, the entrance to the gate at that time over the water passage and the highest bridge in Suzhou at the time, and the Pan Gate. The Ruigang Pagoda is constructed of brick with wooden platforms and has Buddhist carvings at its base.

Suzhou: Baodai Bridge

Baodai Bridge (Precious Belt Bridge; Chinese: 宝带桥) stretches across the Tantai Lake in the suburbs of Suzhou. To raise money to finance the bridge, the magistrate donated his expensive belt, hence the name. The bridge was first built in 806 A.D. in the Tang Dynasty and has 53 arches with a length of 317 meters. It was made out of stone from Jinshan Mountain and is the longest standing bridge of its kind in China. The bridge was included on the list of national monuments (resolution 5-285) in 2001.

Suzhou: Tiger Hill

The Tiger Hill is known for its natural beauty as well as historical sites. The hill is so named because it is said to look like a crouching tiger. Another legend states that a white tiger appeared on the hill to guard it following the burial The hill has been a tourist destination for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, as is evident from the poetry and calligraphy carved into rocks on the hill. Famous Song Dynasty poet, Su Shi said, "It is a lifelong pity if having visited Suzhou you did not visit Tiger Hill."

Suzhou: Pagodas

Yunyan Pagoda (虎丘塔 or 云岩寺塔), built in 961, is a Chinese pagoda built on Tiger Hill in Suzhou. It has several other names, including the "Leaning Tower of China" (as referred to by historian O.G. Ingles) and the Yunyan Temple Tower. The tower rises to a height of 47 m (154 ft). It is a seven-story octagonal building built with blue bricks. In more than a thousand years the tower has gradually slanted due to forces of nature. Now the top and bottom of the tower vary by 2.32 meters. The entire structure weighs some 7,000,000 kilograms (15,000,000 lb), supported by internal brick columns. However, the tower leans roughly 3 degrees due to the cracking of two supporting columns.

Beisi Pagoda(Chinese: 北寺塔) or North Temple Pagoda is a Chinese pagoda at Bao'en Temple in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. It rises nine stories in a height of 76 m (243 ft). It is the tallest Chinese pagoda south of the Yangtze river.

Twin Pagodas (Chinese:苏州双塔) lie in the Dinghui Temple Lane in the southeastern corner of the city proper of Suzhou. They are artistic and natural as they are close at hand. One of them is called Clarity-Dispensing Pagoda and the other Beneficence Pagoda and they are in the same form of building. There are many legends about the one-thousand-year-old pagodas. It is charming that the exquisite and straight Twin Pagoda look like two inserted writing brushes. There was originally a single-storey house with three rooms just like a writing brush holder with the shadows of the two pagodas reclining on its roof at sunset. To the east of the pagoda is a square five-storeyed bell building built in the Ming Dynasty which is exactly like a thick ink stick. So there is a saying that "the Twin Pagodas are as writing brushes while the bell building as ink stick".

Suzhou: Museums

The city's major museums include the Suzhou Museum (designed by I. M. Pei), Suzhou Silk Museum, and Suzhou Museum of Opera and Theatre.

Suzhou: Demographics

The population of Suzhou is predominantly Han Chinese. The official language of broadcast, instruction, etc. is Mandarin Chinese, although many speak a local dialect known as Suzhounese, a member of the Wu language family. In addition to American and European expatriates, there is a large Korean community in Suzhou. The Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) estimated that there were 15,000 Koreans in the municipality in 2014. That year 850 Korean companies operated in Suzhou, and the Koreans made up the largest number of students at the Suzhou Singapore International School.

Suzhou: Economy

Suzhou's economy is based primarily on its large manufacturing sector-China's second largest-including iron and steel, IT and electronic equipment, and textile products. The city's service sector is notably well-developed, primarily owing to tourism, which brought in a total of RMB 152 billion of revenue in 2013. Suzhou's overall GDP exceeded RMB 1.3 trillion in 2013 (up 9.6 percent from the year previous).

The city is also one of China's foremost destinations for foreign investment, based on its relative proximity to Shanghai and comparatively low operating costs. The municipal government has enacted various measures to encourage FDI in a number of manufacturing (e.g. pharmaceutical, electronic goods, automobile) and service (e.g. banking, logistics, research services) sectors. Included among these measures is a preferential tax policy for limited partnership venture capital enterprises in the Suzhou Industrial Park.

Suzhou: Development Zones

Suzhou: Suzhou Industrial Park

Nightscape of Suzhou's Jinji Lake

The Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) is the largest cooperative project between the Chinese and Singaporean governments. It is beside Jinji Lake, which lies to the east of the Suzhou Old City. On 26 February 1994, Vice Premier Li Lanqing and Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew represented China and Singapore respectively in signing the Agreement to jointly develop Suzhou Industrial Park (originally called the Singapore Industrial Park). The project officially commenced on 12 May in the same year. SIP has a jurisdiction area of 288 km, of which, the China-Singapore cooperation area covers 80 km with a planned residential population of 1.2 million.

SIP is home to the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, an area of universities and higher education institutions, including Soochow University (苏州大学) and Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (西交利物浦大学).

Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) - West Bank of Jin Ji Lake

Suzhou: Suzhou Industrial Park Export Processing Zone

The Suzhou Industrial Park Export Processing Zone was approved to be established by the government in April 2000, with a planning area of 2.9 km. It is in Suzhou Industrial Park set up by China and Singapore. Inside the Export Processing Zone, all the infrastructures are of high standard.

Suzhou: Suzhou New District

The Suzhou New District was established in 1990. In November 1992, the zone was approved to be the national-level hi-tech industrial zone. By the end of 2007, foreign-invested companies had a registered capital worth of US$13 billion, of which US$6.8 billion was paid in. SND hosts now more than 1,500 foreign companies. Some 40 Fortune 500 companies set up 67 projects in the district.

Suzhou: Sports

Suzhou Dongwu currently play in China League Two, the third division of Chinese football. The 13,000 seat Suzhou Industrial Park Sports Arena will be one of the venues for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Suzhou: Transportation

CRH in Suzhou Railway Station
Canal of Pingjiang

Suzhou: Railway

Suzhou is on the Shanghai-Nanjing corridor which carries three parallel railways. Suzhou Railway Station, near the city center, is among the busiest passenger stations in China. It is served by the Beijing–Shanghai Railway (mostly "conventional" trains to points throughout China) and the Shanghai-Nanjing Intercity Railway (high-speed D- and G-series trains providing frequent service primarily between Shanghai and Nanjing). It takes only 25 minutes to reach Shanghai Railway Station on the fastest G-series trains and less than 2 hours to Nanjing.

The Suzhou North Railway Station, a few kilometers to the north, is on the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway (opened 2011), served by high-speed trains to Beijing, Qingdao, etc.

Other stations on the Beijing–Shanghai Railway and the Shanghai-Nanjing Intercity Railway serve other points in the same corridor within Suzhou Prefecture-level city, such as Kunshan. In and between Suzhou and South KunShan station, Suzhou Industrial Park Railway Station now also becomes an important station for people visiting and living in the areas.

The northern part of the city, including such county-level cities as Zhangjiagang, Changshu and Taicang, presently has no rail service. However, plans exist for a cross-river railway from Nantong to the Shanghai metropolitan area (the Shanghai–Nantong Railway), which will run through most of these county-level cities. Construction work is expected to start in 2013 and to take five and a half years.

Suzhou: Highways

The Nanjing-Shanghai Expressway connects Suzhou with Shanghai, alternatively, there is the Yangtze Riverine Expressway and the Suzhou-Jiaxing-Hangzhou Expressway. In 2005, the Suzhou Outer Ring was completed, linking the peripheral county-level cities of Taicang, Kunshan, and Changshu. China National Highway 312 also passes through Suzhou.

Suzhou: Air transport

Suzhou is served by Sunan Shuofang International Airport (co-owned by Wuxi and Suzhou).

Suzhou: Water transport

Main article: Port of Suzhou

Port of Suzhou, on the right bank of Yangtze River, dealt with 428 million tons of cargo and 5.86 million TEU containers in 2012, which made it the busiest inland river port in the world by annual cargo tonnage and container volume.

Suzhou: Metro

Main article: Suzhou Rail Transit

The Suzhou Rail Transit currently has two lines in operation and two lines under construction. The masterplan consists of nine independent lines. Line 1 started operation on April 28, 2012, and Line 2 started operation on December 28, 2013.

Suzhou: Tram

Main article: Suzhou Tram

Suzhou Tram system has one route in the Suzhou New District.

Suzhou: Bus

See also: Suzhou BRT

Suzhou has public bus routes that run into all parts of the city. Fares are flat rated, usually 1 Yuan for a non-air-conditioned bus and 2 Yuan for an air-conditioned one. The Suzhou BRT, a 25-kilometre (16 mi) bus rapid transit system opened in 2008, operates 5 lines using elevated busways and bus-only lanes throughout the city.

Suzhou: Culture

The Yunyan Pagoda, or Huqiu Tower, a tower that is now leaning due to lack of foundational support (half soil, half rock), built during the latter part of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms era (907-960 AD).
The Beisi Pagoda of Suzhou, built between 1131 and 1162 during the Song Dynasty (with later renovations), 76 m (243 ft) tall.
The "xi shi" stone bridge
  • Opera: Kunqu originates in the Suzhou region, as does the much later Suzhou Opera. Ballad-singing, or Suzhou pingtan, is a local form of storytelling that mixes singing (accompanied by the pipa and sanxian) with portions in spoken dialect.
  • Silk: throughout China's Imperial past, Suzhou silk has been associated with high-quality silk products, supplying silks to ancient royal families. By the 13th century, Suzhou was already the center of the profitable silk trade.
  • Song brocade: Suzhou's Song brocade, with its flashy colors, exquisite patterns, strong and soft texture, is one of China's three famous brocades, together with Nanjing Yun brocade and Sichuan Shu brocade.Suzhou's brocade production can be traced back to the Five Dynasties. It prospered in the Song Dynasty. After the government moved the capital southward, the country's political and cultural center moved to the Yangtze River area. To cope with the special need of artists, a type of very thin brocade for decorating paintings emerged in Suzhou. These amazing brocades and paintings have been preserved. Whenever people talked about brocade, they mentioned the Song Dynasty, and thus Song brocade got its name and has been well-known ever since.
  • Handicrafts: Suzhou embroidery, fans, Chinese musical instruments, scroll mounting, lanterns, mahogany furniture, jade carving, silk tapestry, traditional painting pigments of Jiangenxutang Studio, the New Year's wood-block prints of Taohuawu Studio.
  • Paintings
  • Calligraphic art
  • Cuisine: Yangcheng Lake large crab
  • Suzhou Silk Hand Embroidery Art
  • Suzhou is the original place of "Jasmine", a song sung by Chinese singers or actresses thousands of times on the occasions of almost every important meetings or celebrations. Jasmine is the symbol of Suzhou as well as Tai Hu Lake.
  • Suzhou Gardens: Gardens in Suzhou have an ancient history. The first garden in Suzhou belonged to the emperor of Wu State in Spring and Autumn Period (600 BC). More than 200 gardens existed in Suzhou between the 16th and 18th centuries. Gardens in Suzhou were built according to the style of Chinese Paintings. Every view in a garden can be seen as a piece of Chinese Painting and the whole garden is a huge piece of Chinese Paintings. At present, the Humble Administrator's Garden, built in 16th, is the largest private garden in Suzhou. It belonged to by Wang Xianchen, an imperial censor.
  • Suzhou embroidery together with embroidery of Hunan, Sichuan and Guangdong are called as the "Four Famous Embroideries". Suzhou tapestry method is done in fine silks and gold thread. Other art forms found in this area are sculpture, Song brocade, jade and rosewood carving.
  • The Suzhou Museum has a rich collection of relics from many eras. The collection includes revolutionary records, stele carving, folk customs, drama and verse, Suzhou embroidery, silk cloth, gardens, coins and Buddhist artifacts.

Suzhou: Notable people

Main article: List of people from Suzhou

Suzhou: Education

  • Suzhou High School(江苏省苏州中学)
  • Liangfeng High School(江苏省梁丰高级中学)
  • Changshu High School(江苏省常熟中学)
  • Liangfeng High School(江苏省梁丰高级中学)
  • Changshu High School(江苏省常熟中学)
  • Zhenze Middle School(江苏省震泽中学)
  • Suzhou Experimental High School(江苏省苏州实验中学)
  • Kunshan Senior High School(江苏省昆山中学)
  • Taicang Senior High School(江苏省太仓高级中学)
  • Suzhou No.10 High School(江苏省苏州第十中学)
  • Suzhou No.1 High School(江苏省苏州第一中学)
  • SIP Experimental Middle School(苏州工业园区星海实验中学)
  • Wuxian High School(吴县中学)
An exhibition of Penjing at Tiger Hill in Suzhou.
  • Soochow University (苏州大学)
  • University of Science and Technology of Suzhou (苏州科技大学)
  • Renmin University of China(Suzhou Campus)(中国人民大学苏州校区)

Changshu Institute of Technology(常熟理工学院)

  • Suzhou Graduate Town (National University of Singapore and Fudan Joint Graduate School, Nanjing University Graduate School, etc.)
  • Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (西交利物浦大学)
  • Duke Kunshan University
  • Suzhou Foreign Language School
  • EtonHouse International School-Suzhou
  • Dulwich College Suzhou
  • Dulwich International High School Suzhou
  • Suzhou Singapore International School
  • Skema Business School : Chinese campus of the French business school

Suzhou: See also

  • List of twin towns and sister cities in China

Suzhou: Notes

  1. "Table showing land area and population". Suzhou People's Government. 2003. Retrieved 2007-09-07.
  2. 苏州市统计局. "2014年苏州市情市力" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  3. Calculated using data from Suzhou Statistics Bureau. Life Expectancy Index = 0.9672, Education Index = 0.8244, Income Index = 0.896. Refs:
    • 苏州市统计局. "2016年苏州市情市力" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-03-13.
    • "新建改扩建410所学校 苏州教育有"国际范"". 腾讯网. Retrieved 2017-03-13.
    • "苏州人均期望寿命高于北京上海 癌症仍是"头号杀手"". 城市商报. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  4. Incorporating neighboring suburban regions and the satellite cities of Kunshan, Zhangjiagang, Taicang, and Changshu. This statement is based on data from local government, while a United Nations report (see below) claims its (urban) population is 5.156 million in 2014.
  5. United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. "World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision" (PDF). Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. Elizabeth MacBride (22 December 2014). "Keep an eye on these emerging market cities". CNBC. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  7. Tertius Chandler (1987). Four Thousand Years of Urban Growth: An Historical Census. St. David's University Press. ISBN 978-0889462076.
  8. "Top 10 Cities of the Year 100". About.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  9. "The Grand Canal". UNESCO World Heritage Center. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  10. Marme, Michael (2005). Suzhou: Where the Goods of All the Provinces Converge. ISBN 9780804731126.
  11. Xu, Yinong (2000). The Chinese City in Space and Time: The Development of Urban Form in Suzhou. ISBN 9780824820763.
  12. "寻梦苏州 探寻一座城市的现代化之路". 人民网. 2005-01-26. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  13. Visit some of China's best gardens next week without a passport » Arts/Entertainment » Andover Townsman, Andover, MA. Andovertownsman.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-28.
  14. Thorpe, Annabelle. "Suzhou real China outside Shanghai". The Times. London. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  15. Fussell, Betty (1988-03-13). "Exploring Twin Cities By Canal Boat". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  16. "Supplement to the Local Gazetteer of Wu Prefecture". World Digital Library. 1134. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  17. Dictionary of Chinese Place-names Ancient and Modern (中国古今地名大词典, Zhongguo Gujin Diming Dacidian), p. 1438. Shanghai Lexicographical Publishing House (Shanghai), 2006. (Chinese)
  18. .
  19. .
  20. Suzhou, China Daily
  21. Cradle of Wu Culture from Jiangsu Official website
  22. The old editions of the Britannica give the erroneous date of AD 484.
  23. Johnson, Linda C. Cities of Jiangnan in Late Imperial China, pp. 26–27. SUNY Press, 1993. Buy book ISBN 0-7914-1423-X, 9780791414231.
  24. "Chongming County" in the Encyclopedia of Shanghai, pp. 50 ff. Shanghai Scientific & Technical Publishers (Shanghai), 2010. Hosted by the Municipality of Shanghai.
  25. Brook, Timothy. The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. Buy book ISBN 0-520-22154-0. Page 45.
  26. 《苏州市2010年第六次全国人口普查主要数据公报》. Suzhou Statistics Bureau. 3 May 2011. Accessed 24 Feb 2013. (Chinese)
  27. 中国江苏网 [Míngchéng Xīnwén Wǎng, City News Online]. 《昨最高气温再创历史新高 苏州筹划人工增雨降温》 ["Yesterday was highest temperature on record, Suzhou planning artificial rain to cool".] 1 Aug 2013. Accessed 20 Jan 2014. (Chinese)
  28. 中国苏州 [Zhōngguó Sūzhōu, Suzhou Municipal Government Website]. 《苏州历史最高最低气温问题》 ["Question about Suzhou's Highest and Lowest Temperature Records"]. 20 Jan 2011. Accessed 20 Jan 2014. (Chinese)
  29. Official Travel and Tourism Websites For Suzhou
  30. "苏州太湖旅游度假区顺利晋级5A级景区". Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  31. "苏州太湖国家旅游度假区中心区控制性详细规划公示". Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  32. "$700 million skyscraper 'resembles a pair of pants'". Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  33. Ingles (1982), 144.
  34. Ingles (1982), 145.
  35. Kim, Hyung Min. "The Role of Foreign Firms in China's Urban Transformation: A Case Study of Suzhou" (Chapter 8). In: Wong, Tai-Chee, Sun Sheng Han, and Hongmei Zhang. Population Mobility, Urban Planning and Management in China. Springer Science+Business Media, March 24, 2015. Buy book ISBN 3319152572, 9783319152578. Start: 127. CITED: p. 139.
  36. "China Regional Focus: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province", China Briefing, Shanghai, 02 May 2014.
  37. Rightsite.asi | Suzhou Industry Park. Rightsite.asia (1994-02-26). Retrieved on 2011-08-28.
  38. Rightsite.asia | Suzhou Industrial Park Export Processing Zone
  39. Suzhou Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. Rightsite.asia. Retrieved on 2011-08-28.
  40. The Official website of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, FIBA.com, Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  41. 沪通铁路2013年正式开建 南通到上海仅需一小时 (Construction work on the Hu-Tong Railway will officially start in 2013. It will take just an hour to travel from Nantong to Shanghai), 2012-12-24, (Chinese)
  42. 苏州交通运输 (in Chinese). People's Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  43. "苏州港外贸吞吐量首破1亿吨". 新华日报. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  44. 小汤. "苏州港去年货物吞吐量4.28亿吨". 苏州日报. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  45. "苏州地铁规划图 (Suzhou MRT Map)" (in Chinese). 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  46. "Suzhou Museum".

Suzhou: References

  • Wikisource-logo.svg Baynes, T.S.; Smith, W.R., eds. (1887), "Su-chow", Encyclopædia Britannica, 22 (9th ed.), New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, p. 617 .
  • Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911), "Su-chow", Encyclopædia Britannica, 26 (11th ed.), Cambridge University Press, p. 7 .
  • Economic profile for Suzhou at HKTDC
  • Official website for Suzhou's municipal government
  • Suzhou city guide with open directory (Jiangsu Network)
  • Geographic data related to Suzhou at OpenStreetMap
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