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Zhangjiagang

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Zhangjiagang, formerly Shazhou County, is a county-level city under the administration of Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China. With 1,246,762 inhabitants at the 2010 census, the city is now part of Jiangyn-Zhangjiagang-Jingjiang metropolitan area with 3,526,260 inhabitants. Continued growth will encompass the Shanghai-Suzhou-Wuxi-Changzhou Metroplex. It borders the prefecture-level cities of Taizhou and Nantong across the Yangtze River, as well as Wuxi to the west.Natives of the area speak a variant of Wu Chinese, which is similar to the Suzhou variant, but distinct from Shanghainese. Communities surrounding the city are mostly rural, and their economies traditionally depend heavily on agriculture and water-based activities. The GDP reached RMB 140.2 billion yuan in 2009, a growth of 11.7% from 2008. The GDP per capita reached RMB 155,900 yuan . In 2008, Zhangjiagang received the UN Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for its integrated urban-rural development which improved the quality of life for its rural residents.DescriptionZhangjiagang has been recently undergoing drastic changes. Modernization has built up many malls, high class establishments, and recreation facilities. Still, one can easily get around on foot or by bicycle. The city's main thoroughfare is Shazhou Road, which runs east to west and is sectioned off as a pedestrian shopping mall in the city center. The increase in the affordability of cars has added more congestion to the roads. A highway connecting Zhangjiagang with Shanghai was built in recent years, reducing the time of travel between the two locations to one and a half hours, compared to the 3 hours previously required. Zhangjiagang lacks a train station, but has two long-distance bus stations which make travel to major destinations relatively fast and convenient.
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