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An Introduction to Suzhou

¡¡In heaven, there is paradise. On earth, there are Suzhou and Hangzhou. Suzhou is located in the central part of Yangtze River Delta, bordering Shanghai on the east, Zhejiang Province in the south, the Taihu Lake in the west and the Yangtze River in the north. The geographical coordinate of the city proper is at the northern latitude of 31¡ã19¡¯ and east longitude of 120¡ã37¡¯. Suzhou covers an area of 8,488 km2 with a registered population of 6.24 million. Situated at the temperate zone and with subtropical oceanic monsoon climate, Suzhou enjoys four distinct seasons, a mild temperature and abundant rainfall. The annual temperature of Suzhou is 17oc and the annual precipitation is 1,100mm.With a network of rivers and canals as well as a fertile land, the city is rich in a variety of agricultural products. As a well-known ¡°Land of Fish and Rice¡± as well as ¡°Silk Capital¡±, Suzhou enjoys a fame of ¡°Paradise on Earth¡±.

¡¡Suzhou is a renowned cultural, historic and tourist city . Built in 514BC, with a history of more than 2,500 years, the city still stands at its original location the the Spring and Autumn Period. Well preserve are its double chessboard layout of ¡°water and land in parallel, canal and street in neighbor¡±. Suzhou is called as ¡°Oriental Venice¡± for its unique landscape of ¡°small bridge, flowing water and residential houses¡±. For thousands of years Suzhou has been a cradle of unique Wu culture and talented people. In ancient times Suzhou gave birth to many remarkable politicians, philosophers, strategists, scientists and artists, represented by Sun Wu, Fan Zhongyan, Shen Kuo, Tang Ying and Gu Yanwu. According to the statistics, there are altogether 54 Number One scholar who came out first in the highest imperial examination in history, and 94 academicians with their native place in Suzhou(including foreign academicians). In modern times, prominent people from Suzhou emerge in large numbers in various fields. Suzhou¡¯s painting, calligraphy, seal cutting, opera, medicine, and architecture all have different schools and achievement. Its traditional handicrafts such as embroidery and woodcut picture enjoy a high reputation at home and abroad. A saying goes well ¡°The gardens in Suzhou are the best in the world¡±. Suzhou gardens are comprehensive artistic work combining the art of architecture, artificial hills and water, plants, carvings and paintings. There are over 60 classical gardens in Suzhou and 9 of them are listed in the catalog of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in Dec.1997 and Nov.2000 separately, namely, Humble Administrator¡¯s, Garden, Lingering Garden , Master-of-nets Garden, Mountain Villa of Embracing Beauty, Surging Wave Pavilion, Lion Grove Garden, Garden of Cultivation, Garden of Couple¡¯s Retreat, Garden of Retreat and Meditation, and the first two gardens are listed as two of the four most famous gardens in China.? Suzhou is a national excellent tourism city and an international garden city Since China adopted reform and opening up policy, Suzhou has always been exerting itself to bulid its opening-up superiority by taking advantage of Suzhou¡¯s excellent regional location. The thousand years of ancient city of Suzhou regenerated its vigor and vitality, great achievements have been made in economy and social causes. Suzhou is growing more and more internationalized, industrialized, modernized and harmonious, and is becoming a model in China for building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. In 2009, the GDP of Suzhou was 740 billion RMB, the local financial revenue was 74.5 billion RMB. Suzhou is the city with the best development potentiality and economic vitality, and the most charming and competitive city in China. Suzhou was awarded by World Bank as ¡°gold medal city with best investment environment in China¡±. Suzhou is praised as ¡°national advanced city in civilization construction¡±. Suzhou was selected by American Newsweek as one of the 9 NEW TECH CITIES in the world. New York Times decribed Suzhou like this:  City of Silk Becoming Center of Technology. As the global industry shifts toward cheaper sources of supply, China is poised to become one of the world¡¯s high-technology manufacturing centers.Suzhou, China. This fabled city of silk and canals 60 miles west of Shanghai has been reborn as a high-technology outpost in the global economy.

¡¡At present in Suzhou, there are more than 13,000 enterprises with foreign investment,128 of 500 world toppest enterprises invested in Suzhou; 25 foreign independent research and development centers; more than 30,000 permanent foreign experts and staffs.Foreigners of all trades and professions make contributions to the development of Suzhou. The prosperous development of Suzhou, because of the integration of wisdoms from all over the world, becomes more lustrous and brilliant.The rapid development of ecomomy and great progress of social causes is the crystallization of Suzhou peoples¡¯s diligence, wisdom and sweat, and it is indispensable to the sincere assistance from the foreign experts of Suzhou and friends home and abroad.

¡¡With stable society, convenient transportation, beautiful environment, efficient government and considerate service, Suzhou is, to a fuller extent, a city which is most suitable to make investment and development, a city which is the best choice for enterprises to do pioneering work, and a city which is most convenient to live in.

Brief Introduction to Suzhou Association for Science and Technology
Founded in 1958, Suzhou Association for Science and Technology (SZAST)is a non-governmental organizationof scientific and technological workers under the leadership of Communist Party of China, Suzhou Committee.SZAST is the bridge linking Suzhou science ...

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