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Suzhou
苏州市
Prefecture-level city
Landmarks of Suzhou — top left: Humble Administrator's Garden; top right: Yunyan Pagoda in Tiger Hill; middle: Skyline of Jinji Lake; bottom left: Changmen Gate in night; bottom right: Shantang Canal
Landmarks of Suzhou — top left: Humble Administrator's Garden; top right: Yunyan Pagoda in Tiger Hill; middle: Skyline of Jinji Lake; bottom left: Changmen Gate in night; bottom right: Shantang Canal
Location in Jiangsu
Location in Jiangsu
Country People's Republic of China
Province Jiangsu
County-level divisions 11
Established 514 BC
Area
 • Prefecture-level city 8,488.42 km2 (3,277.40 sq mi)
 • Land 6,093.92 km2 (2,352.88 sq mi)
 • Water 2,394.50 km2 (924.52 sq mi)
 • Urban 2,743 km2 (1,059 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Prefecture-level city 10,658,000
 • Density 1,255.59/km2 (3,251.97/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Suzhounese
Time zone Beijing Time (UTC+8)
Postal code 215000
Area code(s) 512
ISO 3166 code CN-JS-05
GDP (2016)
  • Total

CNY 1.55 trillion
USD $233.07 billion
PPP $442 billion

  • Per capita

CNY 145,205
USD $21,868
PPP $41,487

  • Growth: Increase 7.5%
HDI (2015) 0.894
very high
City flower Osmanthus
City tree Camphor laurel
Regional dialect Wu: Suzhou dialect
License plate prefix 苏E and 苏U

Suzhou (Wu Chinese [sou˥ tseu˨˩ ]) is a major city in southeastern Jiangsu Province of East China. It is about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Shanghai.

It is the second largest city in the province, after its capital Nanjing. The city is located on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and the shores of Lake Tai and belongs to the Yangtze River Delta region. Suzhou is a prefecture-level city with a population of 4.33 million in its city proper, and a total resident population (as of 2013) of 10.58 million in its administrative area.

Its urban population grew at a rate of 6.5% between 2000 and 2014, which is the highest among cities with more than 5 million people.

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