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Date: 2015-9-18 11:53:01

Infrastructure in Suzhou

Suzhou is set to become a “super-large” city within the next ten years. The downtown area will be expanded into an area bounded by highways surrounding the city, while the western boundary will be extended one kilometer towards Lake Tai. Suzhou has well-developed infrastructure, and given its proximity to Shanghai, Suzhou is able to take advantage of Shanghai’s logistical access points.



Suzhou is known as the southeast gate to Shanghai and Zhejiang Province. It has gained its reputation due to its well-developed, extensive highway network. Three long-distance bus stations serve the city; the Suzhou North Bus Station is the primary station as it services the most bus routes to neighboring Anhui, Hubei, Fujian, Shandong, Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces. Additionally, buses depart for Shanghai from this station once every 20 minutes. Other driving options include the Jiangsu-Shanghai Expressway, the Yangtze Riverine Expressway, and the Suzhou-Jiaxin-Hangzhou expressway. In 2005, the Suzhou Outer Ring was completed. This connects Suzhou to nearby county-level cities such as Taicang, Kunshan, and Changshu.



Suzhou is an important city on the Beijing-Shanghai Railway line as well as the Jinghu Railway linking Shanghai and Nanjing. There are now four passenger Railway Stations, which are Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou North Railway Station, Suzhou New District Railway Station and Industrial Park Railway Station. Suzhou Railway Station is among one of the busiest passenger stations in China, with 139 trains stopping daily.



Although Suzhou is an important tourist destination and business hub; the city does not have its own international airport yet. The nearby airports in Shanghai - Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Pudong International Airport - serve Suzhou. Hongqiao airport is 86 kilometers away from Suzhou. Shuttle buses run daily between the airport and Suzhou, with a journey time of approximately one hour and 40 minutes.


Ports & Waterways:

China’s Grand Canal, which connects Beijing to Jiaxing and Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, passes through Suzhou. The Grand Canal has been an important means of transportation for many years.

Suzhou Port, founded in 2002, consists of Zhangjiagang (90 kilometers away from Suzhou), Changshu Port (62 kilometers away from Suzhou) and Taicang Port (72 kilometers from Suzhou). While Suzhou’s port is ranked sixth nationally in terms of general cargo and tenth nationally by TEU throughput, the majority of trade for Suzhou is carried out at Shanghai Port (120 kilometers away from Suzhou).