An Introduction to Suqian Municipality
Suqian Municipality, one of thirteen prefecture-level divisions of Jiangsu Province, is strategically located in northern Jiangsu Province between the northern shores of Hongze Lake and the southern shores of Luoma Lake.The administrative center of the Municipality is Suqian City, which continues to rapidly expand along the ancient waterways of the Old Yellow River and the historic Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Neighboring Huai’an Municipality lies to the east,Xuzhou to the west, and Lianyungang to the north.The Suqian Municipal Government administers.the two historical districts of Sucheng and Suyu, and the three counties of Shuyang, Sihong, and Siyang, with a total area population of more than five million.
Historically, Suqian is known as the birthplace and boyhood home of the noted military strategist and youthful Hegemon, Ba Wang Xiang Yu, who vanquished the oppressive Qin Empire in 206 B.C. and became the King of Western Chu.
Suqian likewise honors the noted Southern Song Dynasty General Liu Shixun, a faithful friend and fellow patriot of General Yue Fei, General Han Shizhong and heroine Liang Hongyu, whose joint forces repulsed the invading Jin Kingdom military. Among other noted native sons of Suqian is the Qing Dynasty Military General Yang Sihong who died in 1895 during the Sino-Japanese War while defending Taiwan from the invading imperial forces of Japan.
Among the noted attractions in Suqian are the beautiful lakes,the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal,the Old Yellow River, the Birthplace of Ba Wang Xiang Yu,the Zen Buddhist Temple Complex,the Taoist Hall,the Confucian Hall,the Palace of Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong, the restored 1911 Zhang Daosheng Office Building,the restored 1912 SPM Residence and the historic compounds of Suqian People's Hospital and Suqian High School,the new campus of Suqian College,and the scenic Malin Park,which honors many local heroes and heroines,as well as local educators,and notable students,including Han Yujuan,a local high school heroine.