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Su Zhou Travel Guide

Suzhou is located in the northern end of Anhui Province, and is 221 kilometers from Hefei, the provincial capital of Anhui Province. It takes about three hours by car from Suzhou to Anhui. Suzhou City is the northern gate of Anhui Province, because it is situated in the southern end of the Huanghuai plain, right at the center of the Huaihai Economic Zone and the Longhai Economic Belt. Furthermore, Suzhou is not only the meeting place of the developed eastern coastal region and the less developed western inland areas, but also the economic and cultural hub for the North and South. Suzhou occupies a total area of 9,787 square kilometers. Under its jurisdiction, there are Dangshan county, Xiaoxian county, Lingbi county, Sixian county, and Yongqiao district. Suzhou has a total population of 6.17 million. The area code of Suzhou is 0557, and the postal code is 234000.

Suzhou is rich in cultural heritage and has numerous places of interest. Among these cultural relics, some of the well-known are She Gu Tai, Huangcangyu, Concubine Yu Tomb, Nine Women Grave, and Lin Tang Hua Fu, as well as Min Tzu-chien Temple and his tomb. In 209 B.C. the first peasant uprising in Chinese history, led by Chen Sheng and Wu Guang, took place in the territory of Suzhou. The historical artifacts of She Gu Tai, with its oath to overthrow the cruel and violent emperor, still exist. The National Forest Park was a place where Liubang, the first Emperor of Han Dynasty, hid from the Qin soldiers during the late uprising. Lingbi County, famous for its precious stones and jades, was the battlefield of Gaixia during the War between Chu & Han. It left the great legends of "Farewell My Concubine". Throughout the ages, Suzhou has attracted many scholars and poets to recall the intricacies of the past as well as to ponder and recite poems.

Suzhou History

Suzhou has a long history and has accumulated many places of interests. During the Qin and Han dynasties, it became an important transportation hub, known as "a place where boats and vehicles meet, and a thoroughfare for China". After the construction of "Tong Ji Canal" in the Sui dynasty, Suzhou then became a crucial military town of "holding Bian and controlling Huai, a gateway from South to North". In 809 A.D., the Tang Dynasty began in Suzhou. The first major peasant uprising in Chinese history, which occurred at the end of Qin Dynasty, caught fire in Daze County. Also, the battlefield of Gaixia during the War between Chu & Han is in Suzhou. During the Liberation War of China, Suzhou was the main battlefield of the Huai River Battle. In fact the older generation of proletarian revolutionaries, like Deng Xiaoping, Liu Bocheng, Chen Yi, Peng Xuefeng, Zhang Aiping, Zhang Zhen and Su Yu all fought in battle here.

Su Zhou Food and Restaurants

Su Zhou is located in the Huai River region, with Suzhou cuisine offering the best tastes of Anhui cuisine along the Huai River. Because of a wealth of high-quality raw ingredients and Anhui cuisine's high emphasis on the original tastes of the fresh produce, Su Zhou cuisine brings out the region. Offering kingfish from Heilongtan and unique cooking techniques, Suzhou's milk fat kingfish is a rare delicacy of Anhui cuisine. At the same time, fuliji chicken shows Su Zhou style cooking technique even more incisively and vividly. After enjoying a main course, having some fresh and tasty Dangshan pears and Xiao County grapes is not only very healthy, but also compliments the succulent tastes of the main dishes.

In Su Zhou, you can go to small restaurants on local streets to enjoy sidewalk snacks and you can also go to the large restaurants near Bian River Middle Road and Huaihai Middle Road. In spite of the different grades of food, you can taste the excellence of Anhui cuisine in either neighborhood.

Recommended Dishes: fuliji chicken, milk fat kingfish, Qi County horseshoe shaobing, Kuai river carp.

Su Zhou Weather

Suzhou City belongs to a warm temperate zone and thus has a semi-humid monsoon climate. Generally speaking, Suzhou has mild weather, with regular seasonal winds and four distinct seasons. There is plentyof sunshine and a moderate amount of rainfall in Suzhou. In a word, Suzhou has pleasant weather and favorable natural conditions. The annual average temperature of Suzhou is 15.7 ° C. The frost-free period is about 210 days and the rainfall is about 1,000 mm. Winter is very cold in Suzhou and lasts for a long time, probably as long as four months. However, summer is quite hot. Like other cities in Anhui Province, Suzhou also has a very long rainy period. For traveling in Suzhou, spring and autumn are the most suitable seasons. The weather is pleasant during these seasons, with moderate rainfall and moist air, but they are very short.

Su Zhou Transportation

City Transportation

The flag-down fare of Suzhou taxis is 4 yuan, plus another 1 yuan per kilometer after covering 2 kilometers. At night (24: 00 - next day 05:00), the flag-down fare is 4.8 yuan, plus night-time subsidies, bridge-crossing tolls and other expenses.

Highway

National Highway 104, 206, 310, and 311 as well as Jing-Tai expressway Anhui section and Liang-Huo Highway Anhui section run through the entire territory of Suzhou vertically and horizontally. Roads under construction are "Ming Xu highway", "Su Si highway", "Yong Dang highway" and "Suzhou-Guanyin Airport Expressway".

Railway

The Beijing-Shanghai railway line and the Longhai railway line cross Suzhou vertically and horizontally. In the future, the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway will set up a new station in Suzhou. Right now, the Huai'an - Yangzhou railway line is under construction in the territory of Suzhou, and is known as the Susu - Huaiyang railway line. At the same time, there are also more than a dozen local railway lines spreading across Suzhou.

Suzhou Railway Station
Tel: 0557-3027095. The railway station ticket hotline of Suzhou City: 0557-1605167. Suzhou Bus Station
Tel: 0557-3022690.