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.
Leben am Fluss – Life at the river, China
Der Schiffer von Suzhou – The boatman of Suzhou, China
Die Dächer der Altstadt – The roofs of the Old Town, China
Bewachsenes Fenster – Overgrown Window, China
Blick in die Restaurantküche – View into the restaurant kitchen, China
Idylle am Kanal – Idylle at the canal, China
Mittagspause – Lunch break, China
Häuser am Kanal – Houses at the canal, China
Natur erobert Raum – Nature conquers space, China
Bereit zur Abfahrt – Ready to go, China
Am Kanal – At the canal, China
Flammen für die Wünsche – Flames for the wishes, China
Alles im Gleichgewicht – Everything in balance, China
Bunte Fahnen im Wind – Colorful flags in the wind, China
Die einsamen Schuhe – The lonely shoes, China
Wäschetrockner im Klosterhof – Cloth dryer in the monastery yard, China
Blick ins Atelier – Looking into the studio, China
Freiluft-Esszimmer – Open air dining room, China
Warten – Waiting, China
Das Fenster im Grünen – The window in the green, China
Natur am Haus – Nature at the house, China
Die Lichter gehen an – The lights go on, China
Abendstimmung am Kanal – Evening at the canal, China
Am Abend – In the evening, China
Das Auge isst mit – The eye eats, China