1) Take buses NO.1,4,8,9,34,308,932.
A city with a long history of silk culture, Suzhou has a tradition of mulberry planting, silk worm raising, silk reeling and weaving. Suzhou's silk was an imperial tribute and enjoyed a worldwide reputation from as early as the Tang and Song dynasties (a.d.618-1279). During the rule of the Wanli Emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1573-1620), Suzhou was surrounded by mulberry fields and formed a prosperous silk market. Suzhou city also abounds in natural gifts, abundant sunshine, plentiful rainfall and rich soils, which offer a pleasant environment for rich cocoons and high qualities of silk. It has become the main producing area and the center of collecting & distributing silk raw materials in China.
The No.1 Silk Factory was established in Suzhou in 1926. It is divided into three parts: the exhibition hall which shows the history of Suzhou silk and some ancient collections; the working spot, where you can see how the silk is made; and the product exhibition hall, exhibiting the main products of this factory, the silk wadding quilts.
The factory gains a good reputation in the silk industry for its complete technical process of silkworm raising, cocoon sorting, cocoon boiling, and silk reeling, rewinding and packing. There are more than 300 workers, one cocoon sorting machine, one cocoon boiling machine, two silk rewinding machines and one silk rewinding.
In this factory you can not only see how the silk is processed from worm to the final product, but also learn some histories of silk in China.
The No.1 Silk Factory was founded in 1926 as a state-owned factory. With this tour, firstly you can get the knowledge of the whole life of a silk worm. How amazing about the process is that the silkworm creates its cocoon out of a single silk thread that is continuous for approximately 3,600 feet. Then you will see how the people produce silk with the old style machine, and the making process of hand made silk quilt. This activity is only available for those who visit Suzhou.
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