Wujiang District, Suzhou

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Wujiang
吴江区
District
Tongli
Tongli
Wujiang is located in Jiangsu
Wujiang
Wujiang
Location in Jiangsu
Coordinates: 30°59′38″N 120°37′51″E / 30.9938°N 120.6309°E / 30.9938; 120.6309Coordinates: 30°59′38″N 120°37′51″E / 30.9938°N 120.6309°E / 30.9938; 120.6309
Country People's Republic of China
Province Jiangsu
Prefecture-level city Suzhou
County established 909
Upgraded to county-level city 1992
Upgraded to district October 29, 2012
Divisions 1 Subdistrict: Binghu
8 towns:Songling, Tongli, Pingwang, Shengze, Qidu, Zhengze, Taoyuan, Fenghu
Government
 • Mayor Liang Yibo (梁一波)
Area
 • Total 1,176.68 km2 (459.64 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,275,000
 • Density 1,084/km2 (423.44/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal Code 215200
Area code(s) 0512
Vehicle registration plates 苏E
Website zgwj.gov.cn

Wujiang District (simplified Chinese: 吴江区; traditional Chinese: 吳江區; pinyin: Wújiāng Qū), formerly Wujiang City, is one of five urban districts of Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China. The total area of Wujiang is 1,176 square kilometers, with a population of 1.5 million.

Geography[edit]

Wujiang is located just south of the city center of Suzhou, bordering Shanghai in the East. Songling (松陵) is its central city and seat of the district government. Traditionally, it has been regarded as “The Land of Fish and Rice”, and “The Capital of Silk”. In recent years, due to an increase in electronic and computer manufacturing, it is also known as “The Capital of Cable and Optical Cable“ and “The City of Electronics”.[citation needed]

Wujiang is a district with a long history and a plethora of scholars and talents. Due to its traditional culture, silkworm civilization, and the colorful historic sites and relics, it is a famous tourist location in the Yangtze River Delta, China. The Tongli Tuisi Garden – a listed World Culture Heritage - is undoubtedly a bright pearl in the Yangtze River Delta.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

Wujiang currently ranks as one of the most economically successful cities in China. Its GDP in 2007 was 61.8 billion yuan, an increase of 24.4% from 2006. The GDP per capita reached 78,149 yuan (ca. US$10,700) in 2007, an increase of 21.6% from the prior year. The city is home to more than 1,300 foreign enterprises with a total registered investment of US $10 billion.[1]

Major Industrial Sites[edit]

  • Wujiang Economic Development Zone (WEDZ)

Established in 1993 and ratified by the Jiangsu provincial government, it covers an area of 80 km². There are over 783 foreign invested enterprises settling in it, with the total registered investment amounting to US $4.9 billion. WEDZ has been one of the top IT industry manufacturing sites in China, especially for its section.

  • Jiangsu Fenhu Economic Development Zone

Bordering the municipality of Shanghai, the Jiangsu Fenhu Economic Development Zone is one of the youngest provincial economic zones in China with an area of 255 km².

Companies with a significant presence in the region include: Hitachi, NEC, Opple Lighting, Huayin and Everlight.[2]

Major Industrial Sections[edit]

Wujiang’s IT industry is developing rapidly and now has a complete supply chain for local development.

There are over 700 IT enterprises in Wujiang, with more than 150 of these having total investments of at least US $10 million. The district mainly outputs hardware including computers, related peripheral devices, mobile phones, and LCD monitors. The Wujiang Economic Development Zone is the world's largest manufacturing base of power supply, ADSL device and backlight modules.

The silk and textile industry in Wujiang also has a long history. In 2007, the trade volume of the China Eastern Silk Market reached US $6.9 billion. The annual output of different fabrics is 7 billion meters. The silk production volume and export volume in Wujiang account for 1/8th and 1/6th of the national total respectively.

Honorary titles[edit]

  • National Civilization City
  • National Excellent Tourism City
  • National Advanced Culture City
  • National Advanced Education City
  • National Exemplary Science and Technology City
  • National Exemplary City for Environment Protection

Sister-cities[edit]

Wujiang has 7 sister-cities in 6 countries. They are Bourgoin-Jallieu (France), Dubbo (Australia), Chiba (Japan), Hwaseong (South Korea), Uchinada (Japan), Mogale (South Africa) and Marlboro, NJ (United States).

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