HU-CHOW-FU, a city of China, in the province of Cheh-Kiang (30 48' N., 120 3' E.), a little S. of Tai-hu Lake, in the midst of the central silk district. According to Chinese authorities it is 6 m. in circumference, and contains about 100,000 families. A broad stream or canal crosses the city from south to north, and forms the principal highway for boat traffic. The main trade of the place is in raw silk, but some silk fabrics, such as flowered crape (chousha), are also manufactured. Silk is largely worn even by the lowest classes of the inhabitants.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)