Suzhou is located in the centre of the Yangtze Delta in the South of Jiangsu Province. The city has Shanghai to the East, Zhejiang Province to the South, Wuxi City to the West and the Yangtze River to the North. Within Suzhou is Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). This area also contains the Higher Education Town, where Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is located along with many other higher education institutions.
The city is famous for the distinctive architecture of the Chinese ancient gardens, nine of which are listed as World Cultural Heritage sites. Suzhou is rich in canals and has been called "the World's Oriental Venice". It is also one of the most economically dynamic cities in China.
XJTLU is located in the Dushu Lake High Education Town, which forms part of the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). SIP is a cooperative project between the Chinese and Singaporean governments and is the most competitive industrial development zone in China, hosting a large number of national and international companies. Consequently, XJTLU has been able to offer students several global internship and employment opportunities.
Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District (SEID) is a core development program for the upgrade and transformation of Suzhou Industrial Park’s economic structure. Currently there are 18 higher education organisations settled in SEID, including University of Science and Technology of China, Renmin University and XJTLU itself.
Cycling tour in Suzhou, China
Suzhou’s climate is mild and moist with four distinctive seasons. The city has hot and humid summers, with temperatures reaching over 35°C and cold winters, where temperatures drop below 0°C.