Wuxi

Garden in Wuxi

Wuxi (无锡) is an industrial city on the Yangtze River between Suzhou and Nanjing. Wuxi is in the South of Jiangsu Province, roughly halfway between Shanghai and Nanjing, with Shanghai 128km to the East and Nanjing 183 km to the West. Suzhou is nearby, under half an hour by bus or car. The city has a population of 4.32 million and covers an area of 4650 square km.

Wuxi is bordered by water, with Lake Tai to the South and the Yangtse River to the North.

Understand

Wuxi has a history of over 3,000 years; its establishment 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 deposits 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”.

The climate is moist and temperate, sub-tropical 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 most of it is flat and crisscrossed with canals and small rivers. It is a fertile area, the “land teeming with fish and rice”.

Wuxi is well-developed economically and has good transport connections.

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.

Get in

By plane

In Shanghai you can take the new G-Train to Wuxi. The journey will be about 45 minutes and it costs ¥61 (November, 2010). G-Trains can be boarded from either Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station which is accessible with Metro line 2 to East Xujing or Shanghai Main Railway Station accessible with Metro line 1. Otherwise you can take the normal D-Train which takes about 50 minutes and cost ¥49 (August, 2010).

If you get off from Nanjing Lukou Airport, you can take intercity Bus or taxi, don't forget your belongings when getting off.

By train

The Shanghai-Nanjing railway passes through the city.

By road

Nine highways join Wuxi with important cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou. The Shanghai-Nanjing expressway passes through the city. It takes about 3 hours by car to get from Wuxi to Shanghai's Pudong Airport.

By boat

There are also water routes to various places in the country via the Yangtze River, the Grand Canal and Lake Tai.

See

Bridge along the coast of Taihu

Do

Huixianqiao

Buy

Wuxi is a city with a lot of shopping areas; although it is very expensive, a wide range of brands is available.

Eat

Traditional Wuxi food is very sweet and savoury. Local specialties include Wuxi-style xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) which is sweeter than Shanghainese style, also Wuxi rib is known throughout China, the ribs are braised in red sauce with star anise until they fall off the bones.

In some alleys there are different kinds of foods on a stick, it is very popular with the locals.

There is also a wide selection of western food.

Drink

Fairy Island of Taihu Lake

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.

Sleep

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

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