Suzhou (romanized formerly as Soochow), is a major port city located in southeastern Jiangsu Province, East China, about 100 km (62 ml) northwest of Shanghai. The city covers a total area of approx 8,488 km2 (3,277 ml2) and has a population of around 10,578,700 people (2013 census).
- Suzhou is a major economic center as well as a focal point of commerce and trade. It is also the 2nd largest city in the province following the capital city of Nanjing. Suzhou is situated on the lower reaches of Yangtze River and Lake Tai's shores and belongs to Yangtze River Delta region. Administratively, Suzhou is prefecture-level city.
- Established in 514 BC, the city of Suzhou boasts more than 2,500 years of history, sites of historical interest and abundant display of relics. During Eastern Han Dynasty, around AD 100, it became one of the world's 10 largest cities mostly because of emigration from Northern China. As of 10th-century Song Dynasty, Suzhou has been a major commercial center of China.
- During Ming and Qing Dynasty, the city was a national commercial, economic and cultural center, as well as the world's largest non-capital city, until 1860 Taiping Rebellion. At the time when Charles George Gordon and Li Hongzhang recaptured the city 3 years later, Shanghai had taken its predominant place.
- Due to major economic reforms which started in 1978, Suzhou became one of the world's fastest growing major cities, with GDP growth rates of around 14% during the past 35 years. With high per capita incomes, its Human Development Index ratings is comparable to that of a moderately developed country, making Suzhou one of the most highly developed cities in China.
- Suzhou's meticulously designed gardens, stone bridges, canals and pagodas have contributed to city's status as one of China's top tourist attractions. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou are added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites for 1997 and 2000. The city of Suzhou is often dubbed "Venice of China" or "Venice of the East".
- Port of Suzhou, located on the right bank of Yangtze, dealt with around 428 mill tons of cargo and 5,86 mill TEU containers in 2012. This made Suzhou the world's busiest inland river port by annual container volume and cargo tonnage.
The Suzhou cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Suzhou, Yangtze River, China.
If you lose the Suzhou location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.