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Taihu Lake (Tai Lake)

Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces and Shanghai. Covering an area of 2,338 square kilometers (about 902 square miles), the lake is the third largest freshwater Lake in China, 400 times the size of West Lake in Hangzhou. Four tourist cities, Wuxi, Suzhou, Changzhou and Huzhou are located on the shores of the lake.

In addition to the stunning scenery that surrounds the area, fish and other seafood caught in the lake can be enjoyed by visitors. White bait, white fish, white shrimp, and aquatic plants are among the delicacies harvested in abundance from the lake.

Scenery around the Tai Lake

The scenery of Tai Lake changes as you pass the different cities that surround it. There are 48 islets and 72 peaks scattered throughout the lake. Among the best known are Turtle Head Islet, Fairy Islands of Tai Lake (Three-Mount Island), and East and West Dongting Hills. As the lake is the cradle of culture for the Wu and Yue dynasties, a large number of cultural relics can be seen on the shores of Tai Lake as well.

In Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, Turtle Head Islet, Fairy Islands of Tai Lake (Three-Mount Island), Three Kingdoms City and Water Margin City etc. are all worth a visit. Get more sceneries of Tai Lake in Wuxi.

Cruise Information

From Wuxi, you can take a memorable cruise around Tai Lake. On the wharfs of Turtle Head Islet, you can find motor boats, yachts, sailboats and other kinds of cruise boats that will take you in whatever direction you choose -- to Fairy Island, Three Kingdoms City, Water Margin City, Lingshan Hill Scenery, etc. Get the Tour-Guide-Map of Tai Lake.

     Located in the southern part of the Yangtze River delta, Taihu Lake is the third largest freshwater lake in China. With a surface area of about 2,338 square kilometers (about 902 square miles), Taihu Lake is a famous scenic spot in China and is famed for its lake, its hills and its splendid man-made scenery.

Taihu Lake is just like a bright pearl set in the Yangtze River delta. It crosses Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, where 48 islets of different sizes and 72 peaks and peninsulas along the lake combine to form a panorama of great natural beauty. The best place to view the beautiful Taihu Lake is on the Turtle Head Islet. Turtle Head Islet is an islet stretching into the lake, whose shape is really like the head of a turtle protruding from the water. Taihu Lake and the surrounding magnificence will bewitch your eyes when you climb onto Turtle Head. When the soft breezes blow, waves roll and the hills in the distance look like an overlapping landscape painting. The scene is really captivating. Turtle Head Islet Park is mainly made of the natural landscape, augmented by man-made additions. Flowers and trees can be seen everywhere. Various kinds of architecture are strategically placed among the trees and shrubs. All conspire to make the park graceful and elegant.

Besides the natural scenery of Taihu Lake, there are many ruins of historic sites, such as the Grand Canal of the Sui Dynasty (581-618), the Islets in the lake along with the coastal places in the east, the north and the west both of which are the cradle land of the culture of Wuyue (this culture touches on traditions that flow from or refer to Jiangsu, Zhejiang and the southeast part of Anhui Province today) and so on.

Taihu Lake is an abundant source of fish. Traveling there, you can taste the famous delicious food known as 'Taihu Lake Three Whites', including white shrimp, whitebait and whitefish. The feast is generally prepared in the boat as one floats on the placid waters of Taihu Lake. It is very well worth a visit.

 Embraced by water on three sides, the Turtle Head Islet has a shape of huge turtle's head, suddenly diving into the blue water. The main part of the Turtle Head Park is natural scenery, supplemented with man-made gardens. After entering into the park, one can only see flowers, trees and courtyards without the sight of the Taihu Lake. But when the tourists step onto a high stone step after a long walk in the garden, the great Taihu Lake suddenly jumps into sight. Covered by dense plants, the park has numerous rocks in various shapes. There are also many beautiful constructions built among the trees, including Changchun Bridge (Evergreen Bridge), Feiyun Pavilion (Scud Pavilion), Jinsong Pavilion (Sturdy Pine Pavilion), Wanfang Pavilion (All-places Pavilion), and Guangfu Temple (Bright Fortune Temple), etc.    

The famous site of the Taihu Lake is the Li Lake, also known as Five-li Lake. Lying on the lakefront is a Li Garden. Both of them are named after a famous historical figure Fan Li, living in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476BC). Legend has it that after assisting the king in conquering the Wu Kingdom, Fan Li, a senior official of the Yue Kingdom, went boating with the beauty of beauties Xizi in the Five-li Lake. Later, people changed the name of the lake into the Li Lake to commemorate this. The overall arrangement of the Li Garden is divided into two parts, with a rockery piled up with Taihu Lake rocks along one side, and a thousand-step corridor and a long bank along the other. With a long wall on one side, the thousand-step corridor is situated closely next to the Li Lake. The wall is enchased with 889 windows of various designs together with some precious carved stones.
Other famous spots in the Wuxi Taihu Lake Scenic Zone include the Sanshan Park (Three-hills Park), the Plum Park, the Xihui Park, No.2 Spring Under Heaven, and the Jichang Garden. The Wu Cultural Park built recently has become a new hot spot, attracting numerous tourists
Admission Fee: CNY 105 (Yuantouzhu,including the ship fare)
Ship Route: Take regular ship at Yuantouzhu Wharf (The last ship is at 15:00)