While travelling through the lush green countryside of Jiangsu province no tourist should hurry past the charming city of Wuxi .For those who enjoy lingering a bit longer Wuxi is a great city to settle down, to be involved with, or to work or invest in. In a nutshell it is full of opportunities and friendly people.
The city was originally called "Youxi" - meaning "with tin" - until the tin was all mined. Now it is "Wuxi" - "without tin" - but maybe tin is the only thing that is missing from this modernized city with a long and interesting history.
The centre of Wuxi is a neat little city with busy streets and large department stores as well as a myriad of back streets and alleys full of tiny stalls, family businesses, and local people eager to please. A wealth of beautiful parks and peaceful gardens along with amazing scenery are just a short walk or brief bus ride away.
Location: located between north latitude 3107' - 3200', east longitude 11931' - 12036'; situated in the middle of the Yangtze Delta, Taihu Plain southeast of Jiangsu province; the Yangtze River to the north and Taihu Lake south;183 kilometers away from Nanjing, 128 kilomenters from Shanghai
Neighboring Areas: Zhejiang, Anhui, Shandong provinces and Shanghai Municipality
Physical Features: mainly plain terrain, dotted with low mountain and hills
Population: 4.32 million
Urban Population: 1.73 million
Nationalities: Han, Hui and Manchu
Area: 4,650 sq km
Climatic Features: subtropical monsoon maritime climate; mild and humid with 4 distinct seasons; long frost-free period of 230 days, enough sunshine of 2000 hours annually
It is a big scenic area gathered hills and forests, cultural relics and comfortable leisure and amusement, located in front of the Huishan Hill, facing the Canal. Yingshan Lake lies between the Huishan Hill and Xishan Hill. It has a area of 46 hectares.
The main spots at the park are Longguang Pagoda, Zhuangxun Temple, Nine-Dragon Wall, Ruins of Huishan Temple, Shijing Tablet, jinglian Bridge, Yubei Pavilion, Old Kingoes Listening Pine Bed, The "Second Best Spring in the World" , Zhuloushan Room, Jichang Garden, Yugong Valley, Rencao Temple, Azalea Garden, Children Amusement Park, Longguang Cave, Xihui Ropeway and so on. Because of the large number of cultural and historic and natural spots, it is known as the open air museum of the history of Wuxi.
This 32-metre-tall octagonal pagoda was first built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD) but burned down during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911AD). The current one is a brick and wood replica. However, it still offers a bird's eye view over the city and Taihu Lake, and becomes the symbol of Wuxi.
The "Second Best Spring in the World"
The quality of the water was ranked to be the second best by the famous tea sampler Lu Yu in the Tang Dynasty. As the fame of the spring spreads, poets, writers and painters were all attracted to the place, inspired by the fragrance of the tea. The famous blind Chinese musician, A Bing, composed an urheen solo "Second Spring Reflecting the Moon" (Er Quan Ying Yue) which became a classic in Chinese music. Now it is a good place to taste Chinese tea
Named after Li Lake, the tranquil Li Garden is surrounded by water on three sides setting in green hills with long dike and corridor, rockery and pavilion.
Taihu Lake (Tai Lake)
located in southern Yangtze River delta, is the third largest freshwater lake in China with an area of 2,338 sq. km. (about 902 sq. miles) and an average depth of 2 m (7ft). Taihu Lake is nationally known for its scenery. On any given day, you can look out over Taihu Lake to see it dotted with islands, fishing boats and little row boats .Located in the southern part of the Yangtze River delta, Taihu Lake is the third largest freshwater lake in China.
Lingshan Great Buddha
The largest Buddha statue in the world, this bronze colossus stands 88 meters tall; its lotus pedestal brings the entire structure to over 100 meters.
Three Kingdoms City
Located along the banks of Tai Lake, these three cities were recently used as TV production sets and have now been transformed into tourist attractions. Tang City, the oldest of the three, was the set of a late 1980s television drama about a Tang Dynasty emperor
Located five kilometers (3 miles) west of the city of Wuxi, the Plum Garden in Jiangsu Province has long been known as one of the best places for viewing plum blossoms. The garden backs onto Dragon Mountain in the north and faces Taihu Lake in the south. The three elements-mountains, water, and plum blossoms-are combined to create picturesque scenery that fully represents the profound culture of Chinese plum blossom.