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Kunshan ( ) is a satellite city in the greater Suzhoumarker region that is administratively at the county-level in southeast Jiangsumarker, Chinamarker, just outside Shanghai. It currently ranks as the most economically successful county-level administration in China. In 2008 the GDP totalled 150 billion yuan (US$22 billion), an increase of 15% from 2007. The GDP per capita reached 120,882 yuan (US$17,687).

History

Kunshan is culturally significant as the origin of Kunshan diao, the melody which ultimately evolved into Kunqu, China's oldest extant theatre art. Kunshan is the birthplace of one of China's most well known ancient opera styles.

It is known as the birthplace of Fei Junlong, Gong Xian, An Wang, and Soong Ching-ling.

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Economy

As of 2006 the city is locally known as "Little Taipeimarker" due to the influx of businessmen from the Republic of Chinamarker.

AMI China, a subsidiary of American Megatrends, is headquartered in Kunshan.

Kunshan is also home to a Shimano factory and the iPod Touch factory, a division of Applemarker. All iPod Touches are manufactured and delivered from Kunshan. Avery Dennison, a manufacturer of specialty tapes, engineering films, and other items, has a factory base in Kunshan. Also, Toshiba, Dell, Fujitsu, and Hewlett-Packard deliver their laptop series from the Compal factory in Kunshan.

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