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About Suzhou

Suzhou is located in the deltas of the Yangtze River in the South of the Jiangsu province, about 60 miles west of Shanghai. 

Suzhou, the cradle of Wu Culture, has a history of more than 2,500 years, dating back to the late Shang Dynasty. Old sayings about Suzhou describe it as a "Paradise on the Earth" or the "The Venice of the East", referring to the beauty of its nature, classical gardens, bridges, waters, traditional operas, and the soft tone of the dialect.  Suzhou is a favorite tourist destination with a rich history and a fascinating present. 

Over the years, Suzhou has evolved into a modern industrial city.  With a total area of nearly 8500 square miles and a population of just over 6 million, Suzhou is a major manufacturing, technology, investment and exporting base in China.

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About Suzhou Village

The rivers and streams in Suzhou crisscross the town and are spanned by 14 stone-arch bridges constructed in the Yuan (1271-1368), Ming, and Qing Dynasties. Thanks to these waterways, Suzhou was able to escape the destruction caused by wars. Most of its architectural layouts have remained amazingly intact for such an ancient city.

In April of 2011, The House of Zhang hosted King Silk Art’s sales team for a tour.  Please enjoy our memories.

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Here are some silk embroidery art works from our collections, inspired by the beauty and rich history of Suzhou.

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About Suzhou Gardens

Suzhou, China is a city of rivers and canals and is also famous for being a city of gardens. The Ming and Qing dynasties between the 14th and 20th century, were prime periods of garden building. At one time there were more than 200 private family gardens in Suzhou. A dozen of them are still in good condition today, including the top four classic gardens. They are the Fisherman's Net Garden, Lion Grove, Humble Administrator's Garden, and Lingering Garden. Two of them are listed as the Great World Heritage Sites. 

The Humble Administrator's Garden is the largest garden, occupying four hectares (between 9 and 10 acres). This garden was built in 1522 during the Ming Dynasty. Water accounts for three-fifths of its total area and all the major buildings are facing the water. Centering on the pool, bridges and corridors harmoniously link up isles, rockeries, pavilions and towers. The garden shows a natural and flowing artistic style.

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From the 14th century onwards, Suzhou’s wealth attracted many dignitaries, scholars and artists who transformed the city into a flourishing cultural centre. They built elegant mansions and gardens while top artisans weaved and embroidered for Chinese rulers and royal families across Europe. 

Suzhou has been praised as a "paradise on earth" since ancient times. Its profound cultural and historical background has helped make it one of China's premier tourism cities. Suzhou is famous for its gardens in the classical Chinese style. Each Garden has its own unique layout. In many of these gardens, water is emphasized, with artificial hills around it, connected with elegant corridors and pavilions.  

 

The King Silk Art family visited the Suzhou Gardens in April of 2011.  On your next trip to Suzhou, we highly recommend a trip to the beautiful gardens.

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Here are some silk embroidery art works from our collections, inspired by the beauty of the gardens of Suzhou.

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