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Wuxi (无锡) is an industrial city on the Yangtse River between Suzhou and Nanjing.


Wuxi is in the south of Jiangsu Province, half way between the cities of Shanghai and Nanjing, with Shanghai 128km to its east and Nanjing 183km to its west. In its south is Lake Taihu and to its north is 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 4650km2.

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℃. There are 250 frostless days and the average rainfall is about 1,000 mm. 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.

Get in

In Shanghai you can take the new G-Train to Wuxi. The journey will be about 45 minutes and it costs ¥66 (August, 2010). You have to go to the new Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station which is accessible with Metro line 2 to East Xujing.

Otherwise you can take the normal D-Train which depart from the main railway station (but also from others) which takes about 50 minutes and cost ¥49 (August, 2010).

Get around

Wuxi Map [1]

See

  • Grand Canal 1800 km long and travels from Beijing to Hangzhou
  • Garden of Ecstacy (Ji Chang Yuan) one of the leading gardens in SE China and Emperor Qianlong, who made seven visits, had a copy made of the garden at the Summer Palace in Beijing.
  • Grand Buddha at Lingshan (灵山大佛) - One of China's largest Buddha statues at over 80m tall. The whole Lingshan area is a tourist attraction, with a musical fountain which plays out the story of the birth of the Buddha, as well as the Brahma palce (梵宫), a very grand palace with the pillars made of sandalwood, built to host the 2009 Buddhist conference.
  • Taihu (太湖) - A very large lake with many scenic spots, famous for its fish and freshwater pearls.

Do

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.

Buy

Wuxi is a city with alot of shopping areas, although it is very expensive, there are a wide range of brands.

Eat

The traditional Wuxi 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, it is very popular with a lot of locals going.

Definitely try the Wuxi-style xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), which are sweeter than those outside the area.

Drink

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.

  • Havana Cafe Bar Lounge, XianQian Jie, behind 85 coffee shop. Latin inspired cafe with and extensive cocktail and beer selection.
  • Ronnies Australian Bar, 29 Yong Le Lu. The longest running western-style pub in town.

Sleep

Wuxi is home to a variety of accommodations catering to both foreign and local guests.

  • Hongyun Hotel [2] A 4-star business hotel offering 186 rooms furnished with modern amenities. Business facilities include meeting rooms and a business center. Leisure facilities such as Japanese-style sauna and KTV room are also available. Address: 317 Zhongshan Road, Chong'an District.
  • Wuxi Jin Jiang Grand Hotel [3] is a 4-star hotel located in the hub of Wuxi in China. An elegant yet unimposing hotel in Jiangsu, it features a revolving restaurant located on the 28th floor and affords guests a stunning panoramic view of the city. An impressive array of business and recreational amenities matched with excellent service await every traveler. Address: 218 Zhongshan Road, Chong'an District, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. Reservations: 86-21-61226688 Ext. 7800.

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