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Suzhou Overview

Suzhou, one of the "24 Cultural and Historic Cities " approved as the first group of its kind by the State Council, which recorded that Suzhou has a history of over 2500 years. With the completion of the Grand Canal during the Sui dynasty (581-618 AD), Suzhou became a thriving commercial district as items such as silk were transported along the bustling waterways. Marco Polo recorded that its populace was comprised of "prudent merchants, and, as already observed, skilful in all the arts.