Suzhou 苏州

Location

As one of the key cities in the Yangtze River Delta, Suzhou (pronounced sue-chow) is a renowned cultural, historic and tourist city. The city is located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province, bordering Shanghai on the east, Zhejiang Province on the south, Taihu Lake on the west, and the Yangtze River on the north.

General information:

Suzhou is conveniently located on the Jinghu Railway linking Shanghai, and Nanjing, the provincial capital, to both of which there is hourly railway service. Suzhou Railway Station is among the busiest passenger stations in China, having 139 trains stopping daily.

 

Population

Total population is 10 million, of which 4 million are in the city proper.

 

Language

Suzhou dialect (simplified Chinese: 苏州话; traditional Chinese: 蘇州話; pinyin: Sūzhōu huà; Native name: 蘇州閒話) is a dialect of Wu, one of the subdivisions of Chinese spoken language. It is spoken in the city of Suzhou, in Jiangsu province of China, and is the traditional prestige dialect of Wu. It is typical of the Wu dialects, being rich in vowels and conservative in having many initials. It has many similarities with the Shanghai dialect. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzhou_dialect).

 

However, like the rest of China, the majority of people speak Mandarin as well as the local dialect.

 

Climate

Suzhou, located on the eastern coast of China, exhibits the monsoon climate of the humid subtropical climate zone of southeastern China. Suzhou enjoys four distinct seasons, abundant sunlight, a long frost-free period, and high temperatures accompanied by summer showers.

 

Spring (March – May): with an average temperature of 14.2℃ however the temperature doesn’t maintain itself during the entire length of spring. April can have temperatures under 0℃.

 

Summer (June – August): the hottest season of the year with an average temperature of 26.6℃. June is the rainy season; July is the hottest month and can reach a maximum temperature of 35℃.

 

Autumn (September – November): with the average temperature of 17.6℃, the season starts with days of over 30℃ and cools as September arrives.

 

Winter (December – February): The coldest weather is felt during late January (as low as -8℃), but winter’s average temperature is of 4.4℃. In recent years, winter has not shown itself to be as cold.

 

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