Located between Taihu Lake in the south and Yangtze River in the north, Wuxi neighbors Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou in Jiangsu Province. Wuxi is also about 50 km from Jiangyin, an international port on the Yangtze River, and 65 km from Zhangjiagang, another international port.
Almost the symbol of Wuxi, Yuantouzhu (turtle head isle) Park is located on a turtle-shape peninsula 18 km from downtown Wuxi. Built in 1918, the park contains a mansion, a villa, a garden and a pagoda. In the 1950s, it was renovated into tourist attraction. In the 1980s the park was further expanded to be a viewing site from which you can gaze upon the grand Lake Taihu.
As a poem goes, “If you wish enjoy the full beauty of Lake Taihu, go to the Shutian Pavilion at the summit of Deer Crown Hill.” The garden itself is also worth seeing, with sculptures, pavilion and screens.
The well-known “Garden within a Garden” refers to the Orchild Garden in Yuantouzhu Park, covering an area of 1, 3 hectares. Wuxi has historically been known for its orchid cultivation. Today, it shelters more than 100 orchid species, many of which are rare in the world.
Located in downtown Wuxi, the City Garden covers an area of 3,3 hectares. The earliest park in the modern history of Wuxi, the garden is a place for recreation with pavilions, rockeries, arch bridges and plants. Among the better-known sights are Embroidery Peak, Dragon Mound, the Longevity Building and Villa of Cool Breezes.
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Wuxi has a history of more than 3,000 years. Under the jurisdiction of the Huiji prefecture during the Zhou and Qin dynasties, Wuxi exploited its natural tin resources. By the early Han period, the city had already adopted its present name, which means "no tin." The city remained a small settlement until the 6th century AD when the Jinghang Grand Canal was dug during the Sui dynasty. The canal passes through the center of Wuxi. It was not until the 13th century that the economy of Wuxi started to develop rapidly. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, Wuxi grew into a national-level rice, silk and cloth market, attracting business people from various parts of the country. In the 1930s, local and foreign investment led to the establishment of numerous factories producing silk, cotton, vegetable oils and flour.
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Wuxi has a subtropical monsoon oceanic climate. It is temperate and moist with distinctive four seasons. It has an annual average temperature of 15.5℃ with abundant rainfall. The annual average precipitation is 1000mm. The frost-free period all the year around lasts for about 230 days.. Summer in the area is very hot and humid. The best time to visit Wuxi is from April to October.
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Liyuan Garden, one famous garden, located at the Lihu Lake. The name of Lihu Lake originated from the story of the senior official Fan Li and the beauty Xi Shi in Yue State in the times of Spring and Autumn. Liyuan Garden, with its pavilions, corridors, and causeways at the lake side, is exquisitely designed and harmonious in color. Its manmade hills were erected to resemble the shapes of clouds. They are ascended along spiraling, labyrinthine paths. In the garden are the 1,000-step verandah, Pavilion of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and Baojie Bridge which is 375 meters long and connects Liyuan Garden and Turtle Head Islet.
Located in the west of Wax City, Xihui Park is a big scenic area gathered hills and forests, cultural relics and comfortable leisure and amusement. Yingshan Lake lies between the Huishan Hill and Xishan Hill. Xihui Park has tourist area of 687mu and can host 2,000,000 domestic and foreign tourists annually. This park enjoys high reputation for large quantity of historical sites, quiet temples and casual amusement. There are eighteen major historical and cultural sites understate, provincial or municipal protection, including No.2 Fountain under Heaven of Tang Dynasty, Jichang Park of Ming Dynasty, Foolish Old Man Valley, Chunshengjun Drinking Spot of the Spring & Autumn Period and the Warring State, Huanggong Ravine ect.
Situated west of Wuxi, the Plum Garden (Meiyuan) is most famous for thousands of red plum trees which blossom in the spring and flowers planted there. The garden used to be part of a small private residence and a peach garden during the Qing Dynasty but has since been re-landscaped and expanded to cover more than 70 thousand square meters, housing over 5,000 plum trees and 2,000 plum bonsai. The oldest specimens are said to have lived for over 100 years. There are numerous scenic spots in the garden, including the Tianxin Terrace, Plum Garden Carving Stone, Xiaoluo Float, Xiangxue Sea, Qingfen Chamber and the Huoran Cave. The Plum Pagoda, the highest point in the garden, offers a spectacular springtime view over the sea of red plum blossom and the Taihu Lake.
Turtle's Head Park
Taihu Lake is a national scenic area, The Turtle's Head Park is an island located in Wuxi. It's actually a small stone stretching into the Taihu Lake like a Turtle's head, hence the name, It is the top scene of Taihu Lake. The Turtle's Park is located in the most beautiful area of Taihu Lake. Green hills and clean water blending into the perfect natural appearance like a picture. Long time ago, many people were attracted by the beautiful scenery. In the period of "XiaoLiang", Guangfu temple which was one of temples of 480 in Nan Dynasty was built. At the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, rising tide in spring was arranged one of the eight spots in Wixi.
Lingshan Great Buddha
Lingshan scenic spot is situated at Mashan Wuxi, Which is in the south of Yangze River and enclosed with Tai Lake , enjoys the natural beauty of the hills and lake.
The largest statue of the Buddha in the world, this bronze colossus stands 88 meters tall; its lotus flower pedestal brings the entire structure to over 100 meters. The statue was built only several years ago, but has already become a major tourist destination. The Buddha stands on the side of a hill, facing lake Taihu. Under the Buddha, there are a series of stele sculptured of picture about Xiaoling hill's history, Number one tripod in China , Buddha museum , Ten-Thousands-Buddha hall, and so on ."Heavenly hill, heavenly area, clever people, the heart can bring completing of Buddha , pure water, pure sky, pure soil, Elysium are in here".
The statue stands at the end of a long boulevard of many smaller attractions related to Buddhism and the great statue. First inside the entrance gate is a massive bronze pillar, topped with a huge lotus bud. The shaft of the column is worked into a wild array of sculptures of looming. Buddhist guardian gods, lions' heads, and auspicious symbols, while bronze dragons and other mythological animals crouch in a reflecting pool, all with the great statue of the Buddha looming in the distance. As impressive as this is, four times a day its is transformed into an extravagant celebration of the birth of the Buddha. The huge bronze leaves of the lotus bud slowly open to reveal a statue of the baby Buddha, who slowly rotates in a complete circle, while the statues of dragons become fountains, spraying jets of water from their mouths over the open lotus flower. The lotus flower is a traditional symbol of Buddhism, since it is white a pure despite growing from the mud, just like humans can reach enlightenment despite the troubles of the world.
Wuxi Three Kingdoms City
These three theme parks revive the world of ancient China in a flash of spectacle. They were originally built as TV sets for mini-series based on two of China's most famous historical novels, the Three Kingdoms and the Water Margin. Later a third set was built for a series about the life and loves of the most famous emperor of the Tang Dynasty. They spread over many acres along the shores of Lake Tai, made up of many market squares, palaces, temples, mansions, and prisons where the most famous stories of the novels were set. The buildings were designed based on a study of actual historical architecture and paintings, and built to match the historical standards, creating a remarkably vivid environment. Even the clothing and hairstyles of shop attendants and restaurant waitresses are done in historical styles.
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Wuxi Airport is located about 25 km outside the city, but it only serves a very limited number of destinations. It is accessible only by taxi (approx. 50 RMB). Most overseas tourists to Wuxi arrive and depart the area from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport because it is only 120 km away from Wuxi.
Wuxi Railway Station is located on E. Tonghu Rd. It is one of the largest railway stations in the Yangtze River Delta, with tourist trains to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing.
Although Wuxi is rich with waterways, it does not serve as the main transportation hub any more. The Wuxi Shipping Terminal is located a few hundred meters southwest of Liangxi Bridge and is mainly responsible for the water traffic between Wuxi and Hangzhou.
Cabs in Wuxi generally cost 8 RMB for the first 2 km. Each additional km is 1.4-1.8 RMB.
Traveling by bicycle in Wuxi is very convenient and pleasant. There are many bike rental shops near the train station that offer bikes of all sizes. Bicycle rental costs 15-30 RMB per day with a deposit of 200-300 RMB.
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