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Information about Suzhou

Published on November 1, 2007

Author: Emma


Suzhou – “Heaven on Earth”:  Suzhou – “Heaven on Earth” Lin Lu Feb 2004 Summary:  Summary City Introduction Suzhou Garden How to experience Suzhou Garden art Humble Administrator’s Garden Lion Forrest Garden Suzhou Embroidery Suzhou today Gift Choices Links Suzhou – “Land of Fish and Rice”:  Suzhou – “Land of Fish and Rice” Suzhou - Introduction:  Suzhou - Introduction 8488 sq kilometers (3277 sq miles) 53 mile west from Shanghai Population 570,000 9 gardens in Suzhou listed in the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO In 2002, GDP 208B Yuan (US$25 billion), ranking 5th in China. GDP grew by 17.6% in first 3 quarters of 2003 Suzhou – Venice in the East:  Suzhou – Venice in the East Of the whole area, 10% is cultivated fields, 30% hills, and 60% covered with water. Museum of bridges. Now 161 bridges have remained inside the city. There were 314 bridges in history. Suzhou – City of Gardens:  Suzhou – City of Gardens Imitation of natural scenery to meet the intellectual and emotional needs Asymmetric composition (different from European Gardens) Interactive experiences Window – Catching the unique view :  Window – Catching the unique view Multiple Layouts --- extend depth of the scene:  Multiple Layouts --- extend depth of the scene Corridors – divided limited space a microcosm of the world made of the basic elements Interactive view – each step with a surprisingly new view. Suzhou Garden – interior view:  Suzhou Garden – interior view Functionality Harmony with nature Interwoven with Taoist metaphysics of  Laozi and Zhuangzi Heavy decorated windows and doors Suzhou Garden – intertwined with Chinese Culture:  Suzhou Garden – intertwined with Chinese Culture the classical gardens of Suzhou are noteworthy places with unique architectural forms carrying poetic names in plateaux and parallel couplets in excellent calligraphy with literary allusion which help to enhance the beauty of the whole property The Humble Administrator's Garden :  The Humble Administrator's Garden First laid out in 1509 A.D. Largest classic garden in Suzhou (51,950 sq meters = 13 acres) traditional appearance of Ming Dynasty –simple, smooth. Garden is divided into three parts. (East, Central, and west) The Lion Forest Garden:  The Lion Forest Garden Built in 1342 A.D. Original was part of a Buddhism temple Famous for the great quantities of its Taihu rocks that form an intriguing maze of mountian paths and varied scenes, many of Taihu Rocks looks link lions Aesthetic Views everywhere:  Aesthetic Views everywhere Suzhou -- Home of Silk :  Suzhou -- Home of Silk Suzhou embroidery is characterized by beautiful pattern, elegant colors, and rich and meticulous stitching. Representative images include "Kitten", "Goldfish", "Landscape", "Portrait", etc.. Suzhou – Fast Growing City:  Suzhou – Fast Growing City China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park investments of US$13.15 billion By April 2002, with 3 projects surpassing US$1 billion each Suzhou New & Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone By 2000, the accumulated contractual foreign investment was 35.56 billion USD with actually utilized foreign capital of 20.3 billion. 172 projects in Suzhou are invested by 77 MNCs among the Fortune 500. Suzhou -- Metropolis of Arts:  Suzhou -- Metropolis of Arts “City of Talents”-- famous Suzhou literati, artists, statesman, architects, calligraphers, played decisive roles and exerted great influences throughout the history of China. “Wu Culture” -- an important part of the history of Chinese culture and art. Perfect Gift from Suzhou:  Perfect Gift from Suzhou Pastry Embroidery Palace Fan Green Tea BiLuoChun Links:  Links Slides will be posted on the web site of China Business Association

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