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Shanghai With its urban districts covering 749 square kilometers and a population of 13 million, Shanghai has always been China’s gateway linking domestic inland cities of China and the rest of the world for trade. And the city is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. As one of the 63 well-known historical and cultural cities and one of the 7 most popular tourist attractions in the country, Shanghai is always known as an “epitome of China’s contemporary history”.
Suzhou is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta, in the south of Jiangsu Province, with Shanghai to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze River to the north. Since 42% area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is praised as the ‘Oriental Venice’.Built in 514 BC, Suzhou is an ancient city with a 2500 years’ history. The unique characteristics of the past are still retained in present-day Suzhou. The double-chessboard layout of Suzhou, with ‘the streets and rivers go side by side while the water and land routes run in parallel’, are preserved basically intact. Strolling the streets, you can feel the unique lingering charm of this landscape left by its long history.
Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang Province, which covers an area of 16596 square kilomters with a population of 6.60 million. It used to be the capital of the Southern Sung Dynasty from 1132 to 1276, when it was sacked by Kublai Khan. In the Southern Sung period, Hangzhou, with a rich and thriving silk trade, was a center of art, literature, and scholarship and a cosmopolitan city with a large colony of foreign merchants of Arabs, Persians, and Nestorian Christians. As a famous scenic city in China, Hangzhou attracts more than 20 million domestic and foreign tourists every year. It has always been well-known for its natural beauty of the West Lake worldwide. In the Yuan Dynasty, the famous Italian traveler Marco Polo described this city as the finest and most splendid city in the world.