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Suzhou Jiangsu
Full nameSuzhou
Official name苏州市
Native name苏州
Settlement typePrefecture-level city
CountryPeople's Republic of China
County-level divisions11
Established514 BC
TypePrefecture-level city
CPC Suzhou SecretaryJiang Hongkun (蒋宏坤)
MayorYan Li (阎立)
Total Area3276.5 sq mi (8488.42 km2)
Urban Area636.8 sq mi (1649.72 km2)
Total Population10465994 (2010(CENSUS))
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)4074000
Other information
Time zoneBeijing Time (UTC+8)
Postal code215000
Area code512
- TotalCNY 774.020 billion (USD 113.39 billion)
- Per capitaCNY 117,200 (USD 17,169)
- Growth(+) 11.0%
City flowerOsmanthus
City treecamphor laurel
Regional dialectWu: Suzhou hua (苏州话)
License plate prefix苏E

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Suzhou ( ; Suzhou dialect: -wuusəu tsøʏ), previously transliterated as Su-chou, Suchow, and Soochow, is a major city located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province in Eastern China, located adjacent to Shanghai Municipality. The city is situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Taihu Lake and is a part of the Yangtze River Delta region. Administratively, Suzhou is a prefecture-level city with an urban population of over 4 million expanding to over 10 million in the administrative area.

Originally founded in 514 BCE, Suzhou has over 2,500 years of rich history, and relics of the past are abundant to this day. The city's canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens have contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions in China. Since the Song Dynasty (960-1279), it has also been an important centre for China's silk industry. The classical gardens in Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000. Suzhou is often dubbed the "Venice of the East" or "Venice of China".

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