Located in the lower Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing has always been one of China most important cities. It served as the capital of China during several historical periods and is listed as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Nanjing was the capital of the Republic of China before the Chinese Civil War in 1949. Nanjing is also one of the fifteen sub-provincial cities in the People Republic of China administrative structure, enjoying jurisdictional and economic autonomy only slightly less than that of a province.
Founded in 514 BC, Suzhou is one of the oldest towns in Yangtze Basin. Bordering Shanghai on the east, Wuxi City on the west and the Yangtze River on the north, Suzhou enjoys great geography and excellent land, water and air transportation. Suzhou achieved its fame 1,000 years later when the Grand Canal was constructed. And the city remains one of the most beautiful cities in China with its blue web of interlocking canals and classical gardens as well as famous silk industry. It is well-known as the capital of silk. The streets and lanes in its downtown area are of the Song-dynasty style.
Wuxi locates on the south part of Jiangsu Province, lies in the heartland of Yangtze delta, adjacent Suzhou to the east. As a modern industrial city, Wuxi is one of the key cities of Yangtze delta commercial area。 it is also one of the cities where Chinese national industry originated. Rely on its highly developing economy, with abundant industrial resources, Wuxi, has entitled the manufacturing and service outsourcing base, creative designing base and distribution center, etc. Thus it has been listed as one of the 10 Most Dynamic Cities in 2004.
Yangzhou, China's historical and cultural city, is located in central Jiangsu province, north of Yangtze River, south of Jianghuai plains; is the node city of Nanjing metropolitan circle and Shanghai economic circle; is the water source area of the east line of China's key project South-to-North water diversion project.