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History of Suzhou

Suzhou was established as a city in 514 BC by King Helu of Wu, who named it "The Great City of Helu". The city began to prosper during the Sui Dynasty as a result of the construction of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, and it was renamed Suzhou in 589 AD. It has been an ...Read more>>

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Suzhou Transport - Introduction HOT

Suzhou is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China, and it is easily accessible by road, rail and air, though most travelers to Suzhou stick to the first two transit options. The highway network surrounding the city is extensive and well ...... Read More>>

Office Leasing

Commercial Real Estate Overview Currently, Suzhou's commercial office buildings are mainly concentrated in the Old City District, New District and the Suzhou Industrial Park. In April 2007, the East Lake CBD including the International Building, the Summit, the Century Financial Tower and the Genway Tower had rents of between 80-100 ... ...Read More>>

Business Links

◎ General Office of Suzhou Municipal People's Government http://suzhou.sz2500.com/english/index.shtml ◎ Foreign Affairs Office of Suzhou Municipal People's Government http://www.sfao.gov.cn/(Chinese) ◎ China Commission for Promotion of International Trade Suzhou Branch http://www.szccpit.com/(Chinese) ◎ Suzhou Foreign Service Center ... ...Read More>>

Preferential Policy

Preferential Policies for the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Preferential Policies for the Suzhou National New and Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone Preferential Policies in the KEPZ ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Post &Telecommunications

In the year 2006, Suzhou had post and telecommunications revenue of 0.85 billion RMB. The number of fixed-line telephone users reached 7.26 million, the number of local-service cell phone users reached 2.02 million and the number of full-service mobile phone users was 7.3 million, an increase of 29.7%. Urban connectivity in Suzhou is increasing ... ...Read More>>

Foreign Trade & Foreign Direct

Foreign Trade Overview Suzhou is the largest export base in Jiangsu Province and its national and even global influence and market share has continued to increase over the past few years, reflecting the city's healthy industrial development and the rising externally-linked orientation of Suzhou. The EU (US$24.7 billion), the US (US$24.4 ... ...Read More>>

Planning & Development

Strategic Planning and Development Suzhou's goal, as part of "the coastal economic zone of the Yangtze Delta", is to serve as a hi-tech industrial and cultural creativity centre in China. According to the official urban development plan for 2006-2020, Suzhou will regard the development of its New District and Industrial Parks, as well ... ...Read More>>

Investment Procedure

1. Sino-Foreign Joint Venture or Sino-Foreign Cooperative Enterprise Negotiation & Signing of Letter of Intent ↓ Submit Project Proposal ↓ Feasibility Report ↓ Government Review & Approval ↓ Signing of Contract & Articles of Association ↓ Obtain Approval Certification from Suzhou Foreign Economic and Trade ... ...Read More>>

Business Environment

Geographical Advantages Suzhou is situated by the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and is in the south of Jiangsu Province, with Shanghai to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze River to the north. It sits in a subtropical marine climate zone, on a low flat plain which makes up more than half of the ... ...Read More>>

Development Zones

Suzhou Industrial Park The Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) is a cooperative project between the Chinese and Singaporean governments and opened in February 1994. During the past decade, SIP has seen rapid industrial development, with its primary economic indices all growing at a rate of around 50% annually. In 2003 alone, the investment in fixed ... ...Read More>>

Labor force

Human Resource Overview By 2006, there were more than 2,500 returned overseas-Chinese students and more than 30,000 permanent foreign expatriates working or employed in Suzhou. The administrative committees of the city's industrial zones have introduced several programs to attract premium talent through campus recruitment, overseas recruitment, ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Public Utilities

Sample of Utilities Costs Water (RMB/cubic m) Usage Price Commercial Use 3 Industrial Use 3 Domestic Use 2.7 (Price includes usage and wastewater treatment fees) Electricity (RMB/Kwh) Usage < 1K V 1~10 KV 110KV+ Commercial Use 0.763 0.748 N/A Industrial Use N/A 0.562 0.532 Domestic Use 0.5283 0.5183 N/A Gas (RMB/ cubic m) Usage Domestic ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Transportation

Roads In 2006, the city invested 49 billion RMB in transport infrastructure and the total length of highway roadbed in the Greater Suzhou Area is 2,025 kilometers. Superhighways connecting Suzhou with other cities include: #204 (Yantai-Qingdao-Suzhou-Shanghai), #312 (Shanghai-Suzhou-Xinjiang), #318 (Shanghai-Suzhou-Tibet), the Shanghai-Nanjing ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Government

Mayor Mayor: Yan Li Municipal Departments • General Office of Suzhou Municipal People's Government Add: 1 Tianwei Xiang, Zhuhui Lu, Suzhou Tel: 0512-68612790 Web: • Foreign Affairs Office of Suzhou Municipal People's Government Add: 253 Zhuhui Lu, Suzhou Postcode: 215006 Tel: 0512- 65206079 • Suzhou Municipal Development and ... ...Read More>>

Strategic Industries

Currently, the city of Suzhou has an extremely diversified manufacturing base with strengths in telecommunications equipment and electronics, textiles, the chemicals sector and metallurgy. In 2006, the total sales revenue of Suzhou's major manufacturing sector industries reached 990.3 billion RMB, accounting for 79% of the gross sales revenue ... ...Read More>>

Suzhou Business Guide - Economic Overview HOT

Vital Statistics (2006) GDP: 482 billion RMB Per Capita Disposable Income of Urban Residents: RMB18, 532 Economic Growth Rate: 15.5% Population: 2.3million (urban) –3.9million (rural) (2006) FDI: US$6.2 billion Annual Average Wage: 22,510 RMB Government Effectiveness Rating: 8th 2006 Chinese Cities Competitive Rating: 8th Economic Overview ... ...Read More>>

Statistics HOT

• GDP: RMB 1.05 trillion (2011) • Per Capita Disposable Income of Urban Residents: RMB 33,070 (2011) • Economic Growth Rate: 12% (2011) • Resident Population: 6.42 million (2011) • Unemployment Rate: 2.72% (2011) • Enrollment Rate for Children of School Age: 100% (2011) • Enrollment Rate for High School ... ...Read More>>

Area & Population HOT

The area of Suzhou is about 8488 km2, and has a total population of about 10.47(2010) million. Of the resident population, 5,338,100 are males, accounting for 51.00% of the total population; 5,127,900 are females, accounting for 49.00% of the total population. 53 of China's 55 recognised ethnic minority groups are represented in the city, with ... ...Read More>>

Location and Climate HOT

Suzhou is set on the shore of Lake Taihu, in the center of the Yangtze Delta in southern Jiangsu province. Warm weather year-round is a result of the maritime monsoon climate that affects the city, though there is a rainy season, providing the city with an annual rainfall that is slightly higher than the national norm. The wettest months are ... ...Read More>>

Suzhou Transport - Bus HOT

Suzhou's public transportation is well developed and reliable. Public buses cover the major routes in the city and fares are fairly reasonable –1 RMB for a non-air conditioned bus and 2 RMB for a cooler ride. Change is not available, so carry small notes. The five bus lines for the Suzhou suburbs all have different prices for tickets. ... ...Read More>>

Suzhou Nightlife HOT

For an authentic Chinese disco-crawling experience, head down to 300-meter Shiquan Street to Phoenix Street. A couple dozen local hangouts cluster close to the sidewalks.... Read More>>

Suzhou Transport -Taxis HOT

The only time that it is difficult to find a taxi is during rush hour. Otherwise, it is easy to flag them down on the street. The flag fall is 10 RMB, with 1.8 RMB charged for each km after the first three. After 5 kilometers, a 50% surcharge will be added to the total bill. If waiting time exceeds five minutes, you will be charged extra. From ... ...Read More>>

Suzhou Transport - Boat HOT

Ships Suzhou is famous for its canals, and it is sometimes called the "Venice of the East". The canals eventually link up with the Grand Canal which was once a water transport route between Beijing and Hangzhou. Today, it is still possible to take scheduled cruises between Suzhou and Hangzhou. Wharfs Located 200 meters east of the ... ...Read More>>

Suzhou Entertainment Overview HOT

As an ancient city situated at ground zero of the Chinese economic boom, Suzhou has plenty of entertainment options both traditional and modern. Anyone interested in Chinese opera should put a Kun Opera performance on their Suzhou itinerary. Also known as ...... Read More>>

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