Suzhou in Brief

The Humble Administrator's Garden

The Humble Administrator's Garden

Suzhou is a prefecture-level city on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Taihu Lake in the province of Jiangsu, China. The city is renowned for its stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens which have contributed to its status as a great tourist attraction. Since the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Suzhou has also been an important centre for China's silk industry and continues to hold that prominent position today. The city is part of the Yangtze River Delta region.

Previously the name of the city has been transliterated in English in various ways, including Su-chou (Wade-Giles system), Suchow, and Soochow. It is occasionally nicknamed the "Venice of the East" or "Venice of China".

Zhouzhuang Water Town

Zhouzhuang Water Town

The original ancient city of Suzhou was in a jurisdictional area called Wu County. The now defunct Wu County is currently divided between three districts Pingjiang District, Canglang District, and Jinchang District. Together these three districts form an urban core informally called Old Town Suzhou. To the east and west of this urban core Suzhou Industrial Park, and Suzhou High & New Technology Development Zone, respectively, were added. Two new districts, Xiangcheng District, Suzhou and Wuzhong District are under construction to the north and south, respectively, of the urban core.

Because Suzhou is one of the most prosperous cities in China, its development has a direct correlation with the growth of its satellite cities, most notably Suzhou Industrial Park, Kunshan, Taicang, Mudu, and Zhangjiagang, which together form Suzhou Prefecture. Suzhou's jurisdictional areas are home to many high-tech development enterprises.