It covers an area of 8,488 square kilometers of which the city proper covers 1,650 square kilometers.
Area code: 0512
Postal code: 215000
It has a population of 5.91 million of which 2.17 million are in the city proper.
Situated at the temperate zone and with subtropical oceanic monsoon climate, Suzhou enjoys four distinct seasons, a mild temperature and abundant rainfall.
Suzhou is the center of cotton, silk and wool. The silk knit goods here are in the first place in China. The export of silk can occupy 30 percent in the whole country. It is also the base of electric industry. Suzhou Industry Garden is built and it is nearly 70 square kilometers in area. The agriculture here is developed too. Suzhou is the product base of commodity grain and oil grain. The output abounds in cotton, cocoon, fresh-water fish, pigs and fruit. The railway, highway and inland water transport are all convenient.
Written historical records indicate that Suzhou has a history of over 4000 years,which entitles the city one of "24 Cultural and Historic Cities " approved as the first group of its kind by the State Council. It is the cradle of Wu culture.
Kunqu originates in the Suzhou region, as does the much later Suzhou Opera. Ballad-singing, or Suzhou pingtan is a local form of storytelling that mixes singing with portions in spoken dialect. There are many Handicrafts such as Suzhou embroidery, fans, national musical instruments, scroll mounting, lanterns, mahogany furniture, jade carving, silk tapestry, traditional painting pigments of Jiangenxutang Studio, the New Year's wood-block prints of Taohuawu Studio.
In today's Suzhou there are 487 cultural relics under municipal-and-upper level protection, of which 15 are under state-level protection and 101 are under provincial protection. Over 60 classical gardens are well preserved and 9 of them are listed in the Catalog of World Cultural Heritage, 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 Reflection. Other famous tourist attractions include Tiger Hill, Panmen Scenic Area,Shihu Lake , Lingyan Hill, Tianping Hill and Yushan Hill. Most scenic spots around the Taihu Lake are also in the city's administrative areas. In addition, thousand-year-old towns like Zhou Zhuang, Tongli and Luzhi feature the waterside sceneries in the Yangtze River Delta. In 1998 Suzhou was awarded "Excellent Tourist City of China ".