|The area around the Yangtze delta and south of the river is called Jiangnan. In Chinese, the name simply means south of the Yangtze. The area includes Shanghai and Suzhou and has particular geographical characteristics that have shaped its development and economy through history. Each area of China has a unique history. What is called China today is not a monolithic culture but a blend that is as rich in cultural differences as is Europe.
The following groups of photographs include the area west of Shanghai, the canal area around Suzhou, Tiger Hill in Suzhou, Tongli village in the Suzhou area, Yu Yuan - an ancient garden in Shanghai, and the Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai. Some links are provided to various topics along the way to help you navigate. Simply click on a photograph to go to the page.