Wuxi is in the south of Jiangsu Province, approximately half way between the cities of Shanghai and Nanjing, the former 128 km (80 mi) to its east, the latter 183 km (113 mi) to its west. Along with nearby city Suzhou, Wuxi is a popular travel destination for visitors to Shanghai and being less than an hour away by train, busy weekend retreat area for locals in the area. In its south is Lake Taihu and its northern border is the Yangtse River. The city is under direct jurisdiction of the province and governs three cities and six districts. It has a population of 4.32 million and covers an area of 4,650 km² (2,889 mi²).
The climate of Wuxi is moist and temperate, belonging to that of the sub-tropical maritime with distinct seasons. The average annual temperature is 15.5℃ (60°F). There are 250 frostless days and the average rainfall is about 1,000 mm (39 in). There are hills, rivers and lakes in this area but the most part of it is plain area crisscrossed with canals and riverlets. With fertile soil and rich produce, it is the famous “land teeming with fish and rice” in China.
Belonging to one of the eight primitive cultural districts in China, Wuxi is a famous cultural city with a history of over 3,000 years. The establishment of the city can be traced back to the end of the Shang Dynasty. Taibo，the eldest son of emperor Zhouwu in the West Zhou Dynasty came here from the inland of China. He introduced the inland culture to the south and created the Wu culture. The place used to be rich in tin deposit during the Zhou and Qin dynasties. As the tin was depleted by the end of the Qin Dynasty, the place was called Wuxi, meaning “ a place without tin”.
Wuxi is endowed with rich natural and human resources with a galaxy of gifted persons and developed economy. As one of the birthplaces of China’s national industry and commerce, Wuxi is one of the fifteen economic centers in China. With convenient transportation network, Wuxi is a hub of transportation which connects Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces. Nine highways join Wuxi with important cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou. Shanghai-Nanjing railway and Shanghai-Nanjing expressway pass through the city. It takes about 3 hours by car to get from Wuxi to Pudong International Airport. There are seven water routes to various places in the country along Yangtse River, the Grand Canal and lake Taihu. With developed post and telecommunications system, direct calls can be made to 156 countries or regions in the world. The express mail services are established between Wuxi and 27 countries and regions in the world.
With rich natural and cultural heritage, Wuxi is one of the top ten tourist cities in China. The typical features of the area is that of the regions of rivers and lakes. Wuxi occupies the most scenic part of Lake Taihu and enjoys the beautiful scenery. Theme parks like the Tang City, the Three Kingdoms City, the Water Margin City which feature daily live shows are new tourist attractions. The 88-meter tall bronze Buddha statue (Linshan Dafuo) and the holiday resorts add more appeal to the visitors.
Wuxi has three train stations: Wuxi Railway Station, Wuxi East and Huishan. From Shanghai and Nanjing, one can take the G-train series to Wuxi. The journey will be about 45 minutes (approx ¥60 second-class, ¥100 first-class, ¥180 business class (Jul 2016)). Depending on departure city, G-trains can be boarded from either Shanghai Railway Station or Shanghai Hongqiao or Nanjing South Railway Station.
Otherwise from Shanghai, one can take the D-train which takes about 50 minutes (¥38.5 second-class, ¥46.5 first-class (Jul 2016)). K- and Z-trains also run from Shanghai to Wuxi (approx 90 min to 2 hours, ¥20 hard seat, ¥75 hard sleeper and ¥120 soft sleeper).
Sunan Shoufang International Airport rests in southeast Wuxi, about 12 km (7 mi) from city center. In the future, the airport will serviced by Wuxi Metro and serve as the terminus station of Line 3.
If you get off from Nanjing Lukou Airport, you can take intercity bus or taxi. If you don't know where you can take, you can download the map of airport .
Wuxi Metro operates Lines 1 and 2 and connect at Sanyang Plaza. Wuxi Railway Station has a stop on Line 1 while Wuxi East Railway Station is served by Line 2. Future plans call for an additional three lines, including a terminus on Line 3 at Huishan Railway Station. All Metro signage and automatic ticket booths are available in English and each station is complete with neighborhood maps and diagrams in both Chinese and English. Distance-based fare from ¥2.
Base fare for taxis starts at ¥10 during the daytime.
Taihu Lake Yuantouzhu (Turtle's Head) Scenic Area
With a water surface of 2,400 km², Taihu Lake is the third largest fresh water lake in China. In 1982 it was designated as a national scenic area by the State Council. Yuatouzhu is actually a small hill stretching into the lake like the head of a turtle, hence the name. This scenic area covers an area of 130ha and is composed of the following eight scenic spots.
Wuxi is a city with a lot of shopping areas and wide range of brands.
The traditional foods are very sweet and savoury types of food, but there is a wide range of selection of western foods. In some alleys there are different kinds of foods on a stick. Definitely worth a try are the Wuxi-style xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), which are sweeter than those outside the area.
There are numerous watering holes around Wuxi, while there are more expats to be found in some of them, you can expect a mix of locals in any pub or nightclub in Wuxi.
Wuxi is home to a variety of accommodations catering to both foreign and local guests.