Huzhou is a prefecture-level city in northern Zhejiang province, China. Lying in the south of the Lake Tai (or Tai Lake), it borders Jiaxing to the east, Hangzhou to the south, and the provinces of Anhui and Jiangsu to the west and north respectively. As a southern ancient city with 2300 years of history, Huzhou covers an area of 5818 square kilometers.
Since ancient times, Huzhou city has been well known as the home of silk and the land of plenty, as well as the state of culture. The city has a history of 2300 years since it was set as a county of Chu Kingdom in the year of 248 BC. The Sui Dynasty (581-618) governed this area as a prefecture and named it as Huzhou for its adjacency to the Lake Tai.
Huzhou is city with civilized citizens, tidy environment and good order. Over the past few years, it has won the title of “National Model City for Mutual Support between the Civilian and the Arm Forces”, etc. Huzhou is now making great strides forward the objective of becoming a modernized medium-sized city, which is more prosperous in economy, more civilized in society, more complete in function and more graceful in environment.
There are many beautiful and natural landscapes as well as numerous historical and cultural landscape in Huzhou. It is close to the Lake Tai in the north and lies at the back of the deep green mountains and bamboo sea of Tianmu in the west. In the urban areas there are high buildings standing in great numbers in fresh style. In the countryside, there are small bridges and flowing currents, forming picturesque sceneries.
The beauty of Huzhou city originates from the tens of thousands hectares of misty lake water. Water alley, revetment, arched bridge, building overhang, stone lane and wall gate form a picture of graceful and gentle water town in the Yangtze River Delta. The Columbus Tai Lake Castle is located in Xiaomeishan on the south bank of the ancient Taihu Lake. The whole white building complex, which is built along the slope of the mountain, is permeated with thick flavor of the Mediterranean Sea. Paintings, sculpture and work of art are found everywhere in the whole castle.
The prefecture-level city of Huzhou administers six county-level divisions, including one economic development zone and two districts and threecounties as following:
Wuxing District 吴兴区
Nanxun District 南浔区
Changxing County 长兴县
Deqing County 德清县
Anji County 安吉县