The Old Town of Lijiang, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site, has retained a historic townscape of high quality and authenticity. Its architecture is noteworthy for the blending of elements from several cultures that have come together over many centuries. Lijiang also possesses an ancient water-supply system of great complexity and ingenuity that still functions effectively today.
Suzhou was named Wu in the ancient times. First built in 514 B.C., the city has a rich history of 2,500 yeas. The old city has generally retained the unique characteristics of the past. We can see its double-chessboard layout in which ¡°the streets and rivers go side by side, while the water and land routes run in parallel¡±; We can also see its ¡°3 longitudinal, 3 horizontal and one ringlike¡± river courses; its small bridges over slowly flowing waters; its ¡°red brick walls with black tiled roofs¡± and its ¡°historical interests and well-known gardens¡±. Historically, this is a remarkable place rich in outstanding talents and natural resources. The city is praised as ¡°the earthly heaven¡± for its fully developed traditional culture and its scenic gardens.
At present, China was divided into 23 provinces,5 autonomous regions, 4 municipalities directly under the Central Government, and 2 special administrative region.