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Changshu

Changshu
Administration
Full nameChangshu
Native name常熟市
Other nameChángshú Shì
Settlement typeCounty-level city
CountryChina
ProvinceJiangsu
PrefectureSuzhou
Government
TypeCounty-level city
CPC Changshu Committee Secretary<Wang Xiang
Geography
Total Area487.9 sq mi (1264 km2)
Demography
Total Population1047700 (2005)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneChina Standard Time (UTC+8)
Postal code215500
Area code0512

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Changshu ( ; Wade-Giles: Ch'ang-shu; lit. "a place of all time harvest") is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Suzhou, and is located in the south-eastern part of eastern-China’s Jiangsu Province as well as the Yangtze River Delta. Due to the mild climate and terrain there, it has enjoyed a high level of agriculture civilization since ancient times, and is named after this, for in Chinese Chang (常) means “always, often” and Shu (熟) has the meaning of “crop harvest”. Not surprisingly, there is a town nearby called Taicang which means “Greatest Granary”.

Changshu comprises 12 towns and two provincial economy and technology development districts. As a historically and culturally famous city, Changshu is known for its long history, beautiful scenery and prosperity. It is one of the most well developed counties in China: its GDP reached 97.2 billion yuan in 2007, and GDP per capita reached 91,846 yuan (ca. US$12,000), ranking among the top 10 counties within China.


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