This video is my special edition of Suzhou Tour.
The background music is Suzhou Pingtan or Suzhou Ballad Singing.
Suzhou is a major city located along the southeastern edge of Jiangsu Province in eastern China.
Bordered by the Yangtze River in the north, Shanghai in the east, Zhejiang Province in the south and Lake Taihu in the west, Suzhou is a beautiful city that’s easy to get to and — once you’re here — hard to leave.
Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai, is known for its canals, bridges and classical gardens.
The Humble Administrator’s Garden, dating to 1513, contains zigzag bridges over connected pools and islands.
The Lingering Garden features ornate viewing pavilions and the Crown of Clouds Peak, a striking limestone rockery.
Tiger Hill is home to the 7-story, leaning Cloud Rock Pagoda at its summit.
Suzhou, the City of Culture and Arts
Historically, Suzhou was synonymous with high culture and elegance.
Generations of Chinese artists, scholars, writers and high society were drawn to its exquisite art forms and the delicate beauty of its gardens.
Discover Suzhou’s famous canals, romantic water towns, thousand-year-old temples and world-class museums.
Savor traditional tea and cuisine along Suzhou’s historic streets.
Treat your eyes and ears to ancient architecture and music.
Rest your head in a bed that’s authentically Suzhou. Explore Suzhou’s unique offerings for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Suzhou was the capital of the kingdom of Wu from the 12th to 4th centuries BC. Historically, it was the center of Wu culture, and the Suzhou dialect of the Wu language is still considered the standard dialect even though the language is now often called “Shanghainese”.
Today, Suzhou has become a core city of China’s Yangtze River Delta economic zone, given its high GDP contribution to China.
More recently, it has been a center of the silk trade and a place of gardens and canals. Suzhou has long been a heaven for scholars, artists, and skilled craftsmen, and this is still the case today.
In its many beautiful gardens and courtyard parks, Suzhou’s ancient heritage has been preserved. This ambitious city, however, is not going to trade upon its past in order to meet the future.
A wander off the beaten path and into some of the old neighborhoods can be quite a treat, but their seediness and crowded conditions provide a stark contrast to the endless billboards at the edge of the city advertising Orange County like suburban developments.
Suzhou is a bustling city, though you can still see traces of a very old lifestyle centered around the canals.
So come prepared to feel a bit betrayed by the guidebooks singing the praises of a quaint thousand year old city. On XiBei Road thoroughfare, every other storefront advertised foot massages. It seems that half the city are masseur/masseuses and the other half are potential clients.
At the same time, Suzhou has grown into a major center of joint-venture high-tech manufacturing and currently boasts one of the hottest economies in the world. It is the world’s largest single producer of laptop computers.
The Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) in the east, and the Suzhou New District (SND) in the west, are home to factories from numerous North American, European, East Asian, and Australian companies.
Major industrial products include microchips, flash memory systems, electronics, computer equipment, telecommunications components, power tools, specialty chemicals and materials, automotive components, pharmaceuticals, and much more.
This makes for a sense of stark contrasts, the outskirts of town were farmland just ten years ago.
Now there are four lane highways connecting the city to Shanghai…four lane highways with pedestrians, bicyclists and pedicabs using the breakdown lanes.
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