Suzhou belongs to Jiangsu Province. It is a national famous historical and cultural city, a scenic tourism city, a national high-tech industrial base and one of the important central cities in the Yangtze River Delta.
Suzhou is located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province and the middle of the Yangtze River Delta. It is an important part of Jiangsu Yangtze River economic belt. It faces Shanghai in the East, Jiaxing in the south, Taihu Lake in the West and the Yangtze River in the north.
Suzhou has a subtropical monsoon marine climate with four distinct seasons and abundant rainfall. It grows rice, wheat and rape and produces cotton, sericulture and forest fruits. Its specialties include Biluochun tea, Yangtze River knife fish, Taihu silver fish, Yangcheng Lake hairy crab, etc.
Suzhou is one of the first 24 national historical and cultural cities in China, with a history of nearly 2500 years and the reputation of "paradise on earth". It is the birthplace of Wu culture. Most people in Suzhou belong to the Jiangsu and Zhejiang ethnic group and use Wu language. Suzhou garden is the representative of Chinese private gardens and is listed as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO. The Suzhou section of the Grand Canal of China was selected into the world heritage list.
In January 2016, Suzhou was rated as one of the first "national ecological garden cities" by the Ministry of housing and urban rural development; In February of the same year, Suzhou was rated as one of the first batch of national global tourism demonstration areas by the National Tourism Administration.