Notes on the Geography of China: Tourist Suzhou: Photo 15
The "pagoda" is the lobby of the Suzhou Sheraton, a joint venture between Singapore's Somerset International and local Chinese who had their hands on a choice parcel. (The hotel's competitors are outside the perimeter of the city wall.) In the distance you can see some of the northwestern suburbs. Altogether, the built-up area of Suzhou is at least six times the area--14 square kilometers--within the perimeter of the city wall.
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