||In the lower reaches
of the Yangtze and on the shores of Lake Taihu lies the 2500-year-old
city of Suzhou, the cradle of Wu culture.
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
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 style of Suzhou lies in "Softness",
like the tone of Wu dialect, which also sums up the character in feminine
beauty, tenderness, serenity, sutlety 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 rooftiles 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 plenty ".
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 folds 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
Recognized in the olden times as the "most aspiring city of prosperity
and civilization in the Southeast" Suzhou is favoured by geographical,
natural and human factors in its development. It is indeed a land
of fertile resources and place of talents. The "Suzhou"
pictorial serves to give the readers only a cursive account of the
region in the hope that people in China and overseas will have better
knowledge of Suzhou. In doing so, however, a lot must have been missed
in the book. "Seeing is believing." You are warmly expected
to visit Suzhou. Here, what you see and hear will surely heave you
a lasting impression.
scenic Spots in Suzhou】
Administrator's Garden | Lingering
Garden | Tiger Hill |
Zhouzhuang | Hanshan
Temple(Cold Mountain Temple) | Surging Waves Pavilion
| Lion Garden | Lake Taihu |
Related Tour Routes 】
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