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Location: the southeast of Jiangsu Province
Area: 4788 square kilometers
Population: 4,642,000 with a birth rate of 7.05‰(2008)
 
With a profound history of over 3000 years, Wuxi is an ancient city and a top tourist destination of Jiangsu Province. Split into halves by Taihu Lake, Wuxi borders Changzhou to the west and Suzhou to its east. The city is also regarded as "Lake Taihu Pearl" because of its location on the shore of Taihu Lake and its marvelous sceneries. Besides, Wuxi is honored as "little Shanghai" as well due to its fast urbanization and booming economy.
 
While as an important member of "Wu" area, the culture of Wuxi bears distinctive "Wu" features, being identified in its dialect, architecture, waterway transportation and various arts. What's more, it is one of the arts and cultural center in the south of the Yangtze River associated with several famous Chinese authors, among whom Qian Zhongshu, the author of Fortress Besieged, enjoys high reputation both home and abroad. In modern times Wuxi has bred a number of cultural figures such as Hua Yanjun (1893-1950) also known as "Blind Abing" (瞎子阿炳), famous for his erhu and pipa music. Another famous musician is Liu Tianhua, who was the first to compile folk music using staff. Therefore, the city is a combination of time-honored and classical soul with a fashion and modern outlooks.
 
What to see in Wuxi
Apart from its modern and classic, Wuxi is a major tourist city in the Lower Yangtze Delta, well-known for both natural and man-made places of interest. The most glaring scenic spot-Taihu Lake is quite distinguished for its unique limestone formations. These Chinese scholar's rocks are often prized as a decorating material for the traditional Chinese garden, especially in areas such as Suzhou. The Lake is best seen from the scenic viewpoint in Xihui Park in the west of Wuxi, from the top of Dragon Light Pagoda in the park. Other splendid sceneries such as The Grand Canal, Grand Buddha at Ling Shan, Huishan ancient town etc. are also waiting here to display their unique charms.
 
Transportation
The transportation here is quite convenient as the city is in possession of a lot of advanced transport facilities like airport, railways, highways along with subways which is undergoing construction and is expected to complete in the year 2012. Via all these facilities, travelers elsewhere can easily access Wuxi, meantimes, Wuxi natives can go to other places without any difficulties as well.
 
Best Visiting Time
wuxi factsWuxi is an excellent destination for travelling as in all four seasons there are a lot of interesting activities going on, making the city to be a year round tourist spot. The Spring and Autumn are its golden tourist seasons. The Spring is a blossom season with all the beautiful flowers like Plum-blossom, azalea, oriental cherry, magnolia peachblossom etc. starting to contend in beauty and fascination. While at the clear and crisp days of autumn, sightseers can not only enjoy the picturesque landscapes but also have the chance to taste palatable aquatic products from Taihu Lake and super delicious Wuxi specialty-Juicy Peach. Although Winter here is a little bit cold for most people, a great number of temple fairs and some other fantastic activities are host at this time.
 
Interesting Activities:
a) Taibo Temple Fair, from February the 4th to 6th, held at Meicun Town, Xishan district;
b) Wuxi International Plum Blossom Culture Festival, during March time, held at Plum Garden;
c) Wuxi Yangshan Peach blossom Festival, from March to April, held at Yangshan Town;
d) Xigaoshan Temple Fair, fron April the 19th to 21st, held at Wu Culture Park;
e) Oriental Cherry Festival, during April and May periods, held at Tortoise Head Garden;
f) Yixing Pottery and Porcelain Art Festival, during May time, held at all the scenic spots of Yixing;
g) Taihu Lake Tourist Festival, from September to October, held at all the scenic spots of Taihu Lake.
 
Tips: Each year, on March the 3rd of the lunar calendar, a lot of sight spots lanch discounted-ticket-campaign, thus travelers can pay less and see more.

Top Attractions
1)  Nanjing Confucius Temple
2)  Dr. Sun Yat-sens Mausoleum
3)  Ming Xiaoling
4)  Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre
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Wuxi Tour

Some 3000 years ago Wuxi was completely desolate when two fugitive princes found this area. After generation and generation, Wuxi grows as cultural centre and economic hub in South China.   It is one of important origins for the Wu Culture and meanwhile dubbed the "Little Shanghai", referring to its massive economic developments. Historical and cultural significance make Wuxi one of China's most popular tourist destinations.  Classic gardens, historical relics, ancient temples, lakes and parks, dazzling pearls, and incredibly vivid clay figures, more than you can expect are what Wuxi prepares.
Although less known than Suzhou's gardens, but Wuxi's classic gardens are not in the shade. Jichang Garden, Liyuan Garden and Plum Garden were successful garden models providing novelty and merriment to visitors.

Diligent Wuxi people are also creative to make their daily life comfortable as much as possible. They combined natural sceneries and local custom together, created habitat-friendly environment and tourism zones. Refined Taihu Lake, Lihu Lake, Xihui Park, and Dragon-Head Peninsula never fail to please visitor's eyes.
Yixing area of Wuxi is featured for its Karst caves which are not commonly seen around Shanghai and East China.  Explore the fantasy of Karst landforms in Linggu Cave, Shanjuan Cave and Zhanggong Cave. Numerous distinguished guests have visited there and left famous poems and beautiful stone carvings. Maybe you will get your own inspiration.
  Lingshan Giant Buddha, 88 meters in height, is now the world's tallest outdoor Sakyamuni statue, 17-meter higher than Chengdu Leshan Giant Buddha. It is more and more used as symbol of Wuxi and attracts visitors nationally and internationally. Definitely a must-see for visitors!
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Wuxi Travel Tips
Average Temperature Month Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
(°C) 3~9 4~10 6~15 15~20 15~25 22~30 25~35 25~35 20~30 15~24 10~18 3~12
Real-time Weather
Useful Phone Numbers Police:
0510-110
Fire Emergency:
0510-119
Phone No. Enquiry:
0510-114
Hospital Ambulance:
0510-120
Railway Enquiry:
0510-2301217
Taxi Call:
0510- 88008800
Flight Enquiry:
0510- 96889788
 
Travel Tips Best Time to Visit Wuxi:March - May, September - October; but please suggest you avoid the period of May 01-03 and Oct 01-07 which are legal holidays and peak time of traveling in Wuxi.
How to get there:
Wuxi has operated flights to main cities in China such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Chongqing, Chengdu, Kunming, Wuhan and Dalian. International routes reach Osaka, Macau and Hong Kong.
It is very convenient if you drive to Wuxi. It is only 2-hour driving, from Shanghai, 1-hour from Suzhou, 2.5-hour from Hangzhou or Nanjing.
Taxi Charge:
Starting price of RMB10 , and RMB2.85 per km after exceeding 3 km, plus an additional fuel rise fare of RMB1;
Events & Festivals:
International Plum Cultural Festival: March
The Peach Blossom Festival of Yangshan: March-April;
The Tour of Cherry Blossom: from late March to early April
The Tourism Festival of Taihu Lake :September-October
Shanghai Pudong Airport has the direct bus to Wuxi
Departure time table: 11:20, 12:20, 13:20, 14:20, 15:20, 16:20, 17:20, 18:20
Ticket expense: 100yuan.