Tuesday, September 30, 2014

About our new city

Suzhou, China was founded in 514BC. The city is located approximately an hour and half (50 miles) west of Shanghai. As of 2010 there were 10 million people who called Suzhou home. 

A (not so great) map of where we are
Our new home town is often called the 'Venice of the east' for the many canals that are found throughout the city. In addition to the canals Suzhou has many gardens, about 150, which bring many tourists to the area. Tourism is not Suzhou's only industry, there is also a lot of silk production and in the 1980's many factories were built to produce machinery, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and processed foods. 

So far we have seen: the Humble Administrators Garden, part of Old Town, Tiger Hill and the North Temple Pagoda. There is so much more of Suzhou for us to explore!


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