Changshu is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Suzhou, Jiangsu province, and is part of the Yangtze River Delta. It borders the prefecture-level city of Nantong to the northeast across the Yangtze River. Changshu is situated in the coastal plain some 22 miles (35 km) north of Suzhou, and it first became an independent county in 540ce under the Nan (Southern) Liang dynasty (502–557). From Sui times (581–618) it was a subordinate county under Suzhou, to which it has always been intimately linked.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
Changshu first became an independent county in 540 AD, but in 581 was made subordinate to Suzhou. It was promoted to seat of a full prefecture in 1295, was rebuilt and fortified in the 14th century, but in 1370 was reduced again to the level of a county. Religion. Local people generally believe in Buddhism, Taoism, Protestantism and Catholicism. Changshu Christian Church is a Protestant church in the city.
Brief City History
Changshu, Wade-Giles romanization Ch’ang-shu, city in southern Jiangsu sheng (province), China. Changshu is situated in the coastal plain some 22 miles (35 km) north of Suzhou, and it first became an independent county in 540 CE under the Nan (Southern) Liang dynasty (502–557). From Sui times (581–618) it was a subordinate county under Suzhou, to which it has always been intimately linked. Its seat was moved to the present site under the Song dynasty (960–1279). Under Yuan occupation (1279–1368) it was made the seat of a full prefecture, Changshu, in 1295, and in the early 14th century, it was rebuilt and fortified. In 1370 the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) reduced it once again to a county. During the later Ming times in the 15th and 16th centuries, it was attacked on several occasions by Japanese pirates. It was a centre for the production and collection of tax grain from early times, and, after the introduction of cotton to the area in the 13th century, it became a major cotton-producing district, supplying the textile industry of such towns as Songjiang (now in Shanghai municipality) and Changzhou, on the Grand Canal. Its role as a collecting centre was based on the dense network of canals and waterways that covers the whole plain between the Grand Canal and the sea coast. Since 1950 Changsu has flourished through the proliferation of light industry developed around its thriving spinning and weaving mills. Yushan township, to the northeast of Changshu, is a scenic location, rich in cultural artefacts. Although the city itself has been extremely prosperous, its population remained relatively small until the end of the 20th century, when it began to grow rapidly. Pop. (2002 est.) 451,712.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
Wu language, variety of Chinese dialects spoken in Shanghai, in south-eastern Jiangsu province, and in Zhejiang province by more than 8 percent of the population of China (some 85 million people) at the turn of the 21st century.
Important Types of Commerce in Changshu
The city’s major industries include textiles, paper-making, fine chemicals, machinery, steel and forestry products. The city has more than 4,000 textile and apparel companies with combined annual sales of RMB50 billion.
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