Suzhou

City Views Suzhou, China 2016

Suzhou is a district-free city in eastern China in Jiangsu Province about 100 kilometers northwest of Shanghai. The city covers an area of ​​8488 km² and houses 10,465,994 inhabitants (as of 2010).

Suzhou is one of the oldest cities in the Yangtze River Basin, with over 2,500 years of history. The area is the cradle of the Wu culture. In 514 BC, during the Spring and Autumn Period, Suzhou was founded as the ‘Big City of Helu’ by the legendary King Helu of Wu.

Marco Polo visited the city in 1276 according to own data and felt as great. Also known as the silk capital of the former Chinese empire, Suzhou has been a leader in silk production since the 14th century.

Through the canals, the city is strongly reminiscent of Venice and is therefore also called Venice of the East. Suzhou is also the city of gardens. The Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Lingering Garden are two of the four most famous gardens in China.

 

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