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Kunshan
昆山
—  County-level city  —
Centre of Kunshan
Kunshan is located in China
Kunshan
Location within China
Coordinates: 31°23′04″N 120°57′05″E / 31.38444°N 120.95139°E / 31.38444; 120.95139
Country People's Republic of China
Province Jiangsu
Prefecture Suzhou
Population (2006)
 - County-level city 650,000
 Urban 320,000
Time zone China Standard Time (UTC+8)
Website http://www.ks.gov.cn/

Kunshan (Chinese: 昆山pinyin: KūnshānWade-Giles: K'un-shan) is a satellite city in the greater Suzhou region that is administratively at the county-level in southeast Jiangsu, China, just outside Shanghai. It currently ranks as the most economically successful county-level administration in China. In 2008 the GDP totalled 150 billion yuan (US$22 billion), an increase of 15% from 2007. The GDP per capita reached 120,882 yuan (US$17,687).

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History

Kunshan is culturally significant as the origin of Kunshan diao, the melody which ultimately evolved into Kunqu, China's oldest[citation needed] extant theatre art. Kunshan is the birthplace of one of China's most well known ancient opera styles.[1]

It is known as the birthplace of Fei Junlong, Gong Xian, An Wang, and Soong Ching-ling.[citation needed]

Transport

Economy

As of 2006 the city is locally known as "Little Taipei" due to the influx of businessmen from the Republic of China.[1]

AMI China, a subsidiary of American Megatrends, is headquartered in Kunshan.[2]

Kunshan is also home to a Shimano factory and the iPod Touch factory, a division of Apple. All iPod Touches are manufactured and delivered from Kunshan. Then, they are picked up, and driven to Shanghai, and board a plane to Apple's main base in San Jose, California. Avery Dennison, a manufacturer of specialty tapes, engineering films, and other items, has a factory base in Kunshan. Also, Toshiba, Dell, Fujitsu, and Hewlett-Packard deliver their laptop series from the Compal factory in Kunshan.[citation needed]

Industry

Kunshan Economic & Technical Development Zone (KETD) was founded in 1985, and was upgraded by the State Council to a State-level development zone in 1992. KETD located in the south of Yangtze River Delta, with Shanghai to its east and Suzhou to its west. KETD has spent over RMB 13 billion on the public infrastructure in terms of roads, telecommunication, water supply, energy and environmental protection. Distance to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is 20-50km away [3] and is located less than 10km from national highway G312. [4]

References

  1. ^ a b Gifford, Rob. "Things Flow." China Road. 34.
  2. ^ "International Offices." American Megatrends. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  3. ^ Rightsite.asia
  4. ^ Rightsite.asia

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Asia : East Asia : China : East : Jiangsu : Kunshan

Kunshan(昆山)is a small city in Jiangsu province of China.it is located between Shanghai and Suzhou, it's 50km away from Shanghai and 37km away from Suzhou.

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