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Place Suzhou

Suzhou , alternately romanized as Soochow, is a major city in southeastern Jiangsu Province of East China, its city center being 100 km west of that of Shanghai – and outer suburbs of the two global hubs meet. It is a major economic center and focal point of trade and commerce, and Jiangsu’s second-largest, surpassed by its capital Nanjing. The city’s north waterfront is on a lower reach of the Yangtze whereas it has its more focal south-western waterfront on Lake Tai – crossed by several waterways, its district belongs to the Yangtze River Delta region.
Administratively, Suzhou is a prefecture-level city with a population of 5.35 million in the city proper , and a total resident population of 12,748,262 as of the 2020 census in its administrative area.
Suzhou is now part of the Greater Shanghai built-up area extending from Changzhou in the west to Shanghai in the East incorporating most of Changzhou, Wuxi and Suzhou urban districts plus Kunshan and Taicang Cities largely conurbated, with a population of more than 38,000,000 inhabitants as of 2020.
Its urban population grew at an unprecedented rate of 6.5% between 2000 and 2014, which is the highest among cities with more than 5 million people.Founded in 514 BC, Suzhou has had a long and productive history. Local museums host abundant displays of its relics and many sites of historical interest exist. Around AD 100, during the Eastern Han Dynasty, it became one of the ten largest cities in the world mostly due to emigration from Northern China. Since the 10th-century Song dynasty, it has been an important commercial center of China. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, Suzhou was a national economic, cultural, and commercial center, as well as the largest non-capital city in the world, until the 1860 Taiping Rebellion.

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