Founded in 514 BC, Suzhou has been praised by travellers such as Marco Polo as one of the most beautiful cities in China. Its exquisite gardens, which date back to the 6th century BC, have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its canals and stone bridges have earned it the nickname “Venice of the East”.
Like most of China, Suzhou, a city of over ten million, has experienced rapid urbanisation and industrialisation in the past two decades. However, its ancient charm and beauty can still be found, thanks to firm leadership and a comprehensive master plan. The urban authorities have also adopted sound policies to manage pollution and congestion, and promote social security.
In recognition of its success, Suzhou was selected from 36 cities to win the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, which honours outstanding achievements in the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities. The prize will be awarded on 2 June 2014, during the World Cities Summit in Singapore.
Suzhou is the third city to clinch the prize, after Bilbao, Spain, in 2010 and New York City in 2012. More about Suzhou’s accomplishments can be found below, while you can read about the previous prize winners (and Special Mentions) in EDM’s book “Cities in Transformation: Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize”.
Read more about the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in EDM's book Cities in Transformation.
This entry was written by EDM's editorial intern, Janice Gan.