The classical Chinese gardens in Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Specifically, Canglang Ting (SurgingWave Pavilion), Shizi Lin (Lion Grove Garden), Zhuozheng Yuan
(Humble Administrator's Garden) and Liu Yuan (Garden to Linger In) represent respectively the artistic style of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.
Six items originating from Suzhou, including Kunqu Opera and Chinese Guqin, have been listed by UNESCO as the masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Most of the ancient towns in Suzhou, such as Zhouzhuang, Tongli and Luzhi, boast lakes, rivers and long lanes, which are typical characteristics of the areas south of the Yangtze River.
Vibrant and Open
Today Suzhou is internationally famous for its innotative activities and extrordinary achievements. It has become one of the most economically vibrant cities throughout China. Its share in the national total stands at 0.09% in territory, 0.46% in population, 2.3% in GDP, 1.0% in fiscal revenue, 7.9% in total export and import volume, and 8.2% in direct foreign investment.
Suzhou has jurisdiction over four county-level cities, namely Zhangjiagang, Changshu, Taicang, Kunshan, and six districts: Wujiang District,Wuzhong District, Xiangcheng District, Gusu District, the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park and Suzhou National New & Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone. All the county-level cities have long ranked among the top ten countylevel cities nationwide in terms of comprehensive strength.
Currently, 145 world top 500 enterprises have set up offices in Suzhou and 13,800 Chinese who have studied overseas are working or starting their own businesses here. There are more than 16,000 enterprises that have attracted foreign investment (including Hongkong, Macao and Taiwan). Additionally,
nearly 50,000 experts and management professionals from overseas, Hongkong, Macao, and Taiwan are permanent residents of Suzhou.