Although a young city in Jiangsu, Suqian still has a history of nearly 1,000 years. As the birth place of Xiang Yu, the overlord of Western Chu, his boldness of “pulling down mountains” is also deeply rooted in this city.
Suqian has both verdant mountains and tranquil lakes. Santai Mountain is a good place to enjoy flowers, Luoma Lake is a beautiful resort for sightseeing, and Hongze Lake Wetland Park provides an opportunity for observing migratory birds. Such grace in the heroic city makes it all the more charming.
Suqian was highly praised by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty as "the superb destination in spring". He stayed in Qianlong Temporary Palace five times during his six visits to the southern region of the Yangtze River, another evidence of the city’s glamour.
In addition to splendid landscapes, another specialty worth mentioning is Suqian’s liquor. Yanghe and Shuanggou, two of China’s eight famous liquors are all producedin Suqian. It is believed that good water makes good wine. Therefore, Suqian’s favourable natural environment with three rivers, two lakes and one wetland contributes greatly to its unique spirits with a soft taste. What makes Suqian unique is the uninterrupted alcohol production lasting for a thousand years. There are many places famous for liquor in China, but the vicissitudes in history have gradually turned them into a mere symbol. In Suquan, however, Yanghe liquor has been passed down, so the city lives up to the title of "China’s Capital of Liquor".