Suzhou, China


Founded: 514 B.C.

Head of Government: Mayor Qu Futian
Population: 10,465,994

Area: 8488 km2  

Main Industries: Electronic and Telecommunications, Smelting, Textiles

Suzhou is a major city located in the southeast of the Jiangsu Province in Eastern China, located adjacent to Shanghai. The city is situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Taihu Lake, belonging to 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 B.C., 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 center for China's silk industry.

Known for the Suzhou Industrial Park, it was one of the largest economies in China in 2008. There is a lot of potential for investment in the main industries such as IT, metal works and textiles. 

The local economy is a consumer-driven environment with an annual growth rate of 11% and a per capita income of around $17,000 (which is high compared to much of China).

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