Suzhou, sometimes called the Venice of China due to its canals and waterways, is a city of 6 million people located approximately 90 minutes west of Shanghai. Described as a naturally beautiful place, Suzhou is known for its silk industry. As part of the Yangtze River Delta region, Suzhou experiences a humid climate, with hot summers and damp winters.
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Suzhou's city wall is unique among all city walls in China. It has two layers of "walls": one structured with bricks and another formed by a water channel that encircles the brick wall and connects to the waterways north to Beijing and south to Hangzhou.