Lying in the Yangtze Delta, which is the
most economically developed area of China, Changshu enjoys the advantage of
being adjacent to Shanghai, the economic center of China, and other big cities
such as Suzhou, Wuxi and Nantong. With a mild climate and fertile land, it has a
good harvest every year, thus got its name as Changshu (good harvest all the
time). It has been all along reputed as a land flowing with milk and honey south
of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.
Changshu is a national historical and
cultural city with a history of more than 5,000 years. It has advanced culture
and lots of celebrities. The representatives are Yan Yan, the founder of the
Wuwenism in Xingdong and one of the top ten students of Confucius; Weng Tonghe,
the imperial teacher and the prime minister of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
From the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to the Qing Dynasty, Changchu turned out
altogether 9 prime ministers, 8 top scholars and 483 successful candidates in
the highest imperial examinations. Changshu owns a lot of places of historical
interest and scenic beauties, such as the Yushan National Forest Park in the
Taihu Lake Scenic Area, the Shanghu Lake and Shajiabang Scenic Spot, gaining
Changchu the international fame as a tourist city. The unique natural beauty
also forms the unique culture of Changshu.
Lying in the temperate and subtropical zone,
Changshu enjoys a mild climate and plenty of water. In winter, with wind from
the north, it is cold and dry; in summer, with wind from the southeast of the
sea, it is hot and rainy. In spring and autumn, it has a changeable climate
between hot and cold, dry and wet. Being in the region of rivers and lakes,
the scenery in Changshu has a unique charm in every season. It is pleasant to go
to Changshu at anytime of the year.