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Suzhou

Suzhou, a city in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, is considered as beautiful as the paradise. A major tourist city, it features classic gardens and elegant  natural scenery. 


Location

It is situated by the Taihu Lake in the southern part of Jiangsu Province, in the Yangtze River Delta. With Shanghai to its east and Zhejiang Province to its south, Suzhou has a well-developed communication network and can be easily reached from all parts of China.


Geographic Features

Of the 8,488 square  kilometers of territory under the city's jurisdiction,  about 10 percent is cultivated farmland; 30 percent is hilly land, and the rest is covered by waters or low terrains. Its average altitude is 4 meters above sea level. The city is famed as the Oriental Venice because it is a water city with numerous rivers, lakes and canals, such as the Yangtze River, Yangcheng Lake, Chenghu Lake and the Grand Canal. Major hills in the area include Lingyan, Tianping, Tiger (Huqiu) and Yushan.


Population

It has a population of 5.71 million, including the various ethnic groups of Han, Hui, and Manchu, 1.05 million of the people living in urban areas.
History: It was established as a settlement in 514 B.C., known as Gusu; in 581 during the Sui Dynasty, it was renamed Suzhou.
Climate: On the north edge of the subtropical zone, Suzhou has monsoon maritime climate, with mildly cold winter and humid summer. Its annual average temperature is 15.7°C.


Highlights

. Suzhou is famous for Kunqu Opera and Pingtan (ballad-singing in Suzhou dialect)

. Big-gate crabs from Yangcheng Lake

. Handicrafts such as embroidery, fans, traditional Chinese musical instruments

Private Tour in Suzhou

 

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The Paradise Discovery ( 12 Days )

 

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The Yangtse River Cruise Tour ( 14 Days )

 

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