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In the lower reaches of the Yangtze and on the shores of
Lake Taihu lies the 2, 500-year-old city of Suzhou,the cradle of
The name "Wu",often applied to refer to Suzhou,
derived from the local tribes who named themselves "Gou Wu" in
the late Shang Dynasty about 11th century BC. Later,King Helu of
Wu State in 514 BC built his capital here known as the "Great
City of Helu", and since then the city's site and scale have
remained virtually unchanged,making Suzhou a rare city of
historical and cultural renown in the world.
Situated on 30. 47-32.02 degrees north latitude and 119.55-121.20 degrees east longitude and bordering
on Shanghai in the east, Zhejiang Province in
the south,Lake Taihu in the west and the Yangtze in the
north,Suzhou enjoys a mild and humid climate and
is easily accessible by water,land and air communications.
Talking about Suzhou,people would mention the old
saying:"Paradise in Heaven,Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth."
Since there can be places elsewhere compared to paradise, the
saying does not specify the things featuring Suzhou. Some say that
the style of Suzhou lies in "softness", like the tone of Wu dialect,
which also sums up the character in feminine beauty, tenderness,
serenity, subtlety and elegance.
The natural scenery of hills and waters in Suzhou is as charming
as a delicate beauty. Of the whole area, 10 per cent is cultivated fields, 30 per cent
hills, and the rest covered with water.
Streets and alleys in Suzhou extend side by side with canals. Small bridges and flowing
waters, white walls and dark grey roof tiles match one another in tranquil elegance. As a poem describes,
"On arriving in Suzhou you behold: Houses are all pillowed on water's edge." The gentle waters make the
prominent urban scenery.
The poetic and picturesque Suzhou gardens are a typical
demonstration of simple elegance,with intriguing scenes found in
every season and in all weathers.
Endowed with abundant native produce,the rich and
exquisite Suzhou cuisine sets a style of its own on this "land of
The traditional performing arts of Suzhou are best
represented by the Kunqu Opera, Suzhou Opera and
Ballad singing ,reputed both in China and overseas for their
minute acting and harmonic melody.
The folks here are honest,good-natured,friendly and
hospitable-a tradition from times of yore.
As a major tourist city of wide reputation,Suzhou
lives up to all the expectations in food,hotel accommodations, transport, sight-seeing, shopping and recreation.
A metropolis of industry and commerce in the
south-eastern coast of China since ancient times, Suzhou
has always been a hub for merchants,which as the Tang
poet Bai Juyi described over a thousand years ago: "... has a
population greater than Yangzhou Prefecture and more
than half of the shops in Chang'an, the capital." The Italian
traveller Marco Polo praised Suzhou 600 years ago as a
"noble and great city". The classic novel "Dream of the
Red Mansions" written 200 years ago sets the beginning of the story in Changmen,
a prosperous area outside the city gate of Suzhou,depicted
as a "prime social congregation of the rich and cultured."
Today's Suzhou is an open city with developed
economy and frequent exchanges with the outside world. It
has been officially declared part of "the coastal economic
open zone of the Yangtze Delta ". Comprehensive
industrial system has taken shape ,and there has been
tremendous expansion in foreign trade and international
economic co-operation. Currently, Suzhou has sister cities
in Italy ,Canada, Japan and the United States.
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