Most popular souvenirs and local products: Su embroidery, silk cloth and clothing, jade sculpture and jewelry, tapestries, Biluochun Tea (expensive local green tea), electronics goods, clothing, shoes, cultured freshwater pearls
Most popular food: Song Shu Gui Yu
After the construction of the Grand Canal, the city became a city of wealthy merchants. During the early Qing era, some thought it was the most prosperous city.
514 BC King Helu established the Great City of Helu as his capital city.
209 BC Xiang Yu began an uprising that ended the Qin Empire.
Urban population density: 2,469/sq km (6,396/sq mi)
Average highest temperature in July: 31.8 °C (88.3 °F)
Average lowest temperature in January: 1.1 °C (34 °F)
Humid subtropical climate with four seasons and influenced by the monsoon; annual precipitation: 1,164 mm (45.8 in).
Average annual income: 117,200 RMB (17,169 USD)
Development: developed; the per capita income is among the highest of China's cities. It is an electronics and clothing manufacture center. It is also a rich agricultural area, and fossil fuels are produced there.