Landscape of Suzhou(China)
The City of Suzhou
Built in 514BC, with a history of more than 2,500 years, Suzhou still stands at its original location in the Spring and Autumn Period. Well preserved are its double chessboard layout of "water and land in parallel, canal and street in neighbour", its network of rivers and canals composing three vertical, three horizontal and one ring, and its unique landscape of "small bridge, flowing water, white wall, black tile, cultural relics and classic gardens". As a well-known "Land of Fish and Rice" as well as a "Silk Capital", Suzhou is one of China’s 24 Cultural and Historical Cities, enjoying a fame of "Paradise on Earth". Suzhou is extremely famous for the distinctive architecture of the Chinese ancient gardens, nine of which are listed in the Catalogue of World Cultural Heritage, including Humble Administrator’s garden, Lingering Garden, Master-of-Nets Garden, etc.
Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), where XJTLU is located, is a cooperative project between the Chinese and Singaporean governments and is the most competitive industrial development zone in China, including around 120 Fortune 500 companies amongst the 3,200 foreign investment firms. Suzhou is easy to access by plane, train and bus. The University is located 80 km away from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, 120 km from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and 200 km away from Nanjing International Airport.