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128 kilometers west of Shanghai, Wuxi lies in southern Jiangsu Province on the banks of the Jinghang Grand Canal (Jinghang dayunhe). As one of the oldest cities in China, Wuxi has a history of more than 3,000 years. Previously under the jurisdiction of Huiji prefecture, during the Zhou and Qin dynasties Wuxi was rich in natural tin, but was soon exhausted by excessive exploitation. By the early Han period, the city had already adopted its present name, which means “no tin”.
Wuxi is in the plain area, the southern part of it is hilly areas, and there are a lot of rivers and lakes. It belongs to monsoon climate of inferior Torrid Zone. The annual temperature is 15.5, the annual precipitation is 1100mm, and the blank frost period can last 239 days. In Wuxi, the water and soil resources are abundant, and also, there are some other mineral resources, such as marble and lime stone.
The county industry in Wuxi is the most developing area in China. Wuxi is the main center of cotton textiles and one of the important bases of machine and electron industry. The pottery production of Yixing is famous both in China and abroad. Dingshu Town is the main producing area and it is called the city of pottery. The agriculture is developing; there is rice, fresh-water fish, cocoon, fruits and so on. It is the famous land of fish and rice in our country.
Wuxi is one of the important hubs of water transport and land transport in Jiangnan area. The railway, inland water transport and highway are developed. Also the airplanes here can take you to Beijing and some other cities. Thai Lake scenery area that crosses Wuxi and Suzhou is one of the important places of interest in China. Thai Lake is the third biggest fresh lake in China, there are many islands in the lake, and the scene is very beautiful. In addition, there are some other places of interest, such as Yunv Pool in Yixing, Dongpo Hall, Xingguo Tower in Jiangyin, Xuxiake memorial hall and so on.
The main places of interests are:
Li Garden
Formerly Fanli’s residence and back garden, Li Garden (Li yuan) is set in front of the Hubin Hotel, on the shore of Taihu Lake. The garden is actually a spread of artificial bridges and pagodas dotted around small fishponds. The most interesting sight is the 1,000 metre long corridor that winds its way through the park. Along the way are inscriptions of ancient calligraphers. In the springtime, when the plum blossoms, the garden is often heavily crowded with local visitors.
Lingshan Buddha
25 kilometres from the city’s downtown area, the Lingshan Sakyamuni Buddha (Lingshan dafo) stands solemnly at the site of famous Tang Dynasty Xiangfu Temple, which was ruined after a series of ancient wars. The bronze icon is 250 feet long, 100 feet higher than the Statue of Liberty. Entirely made of tin and copper, the statue weighs more than 700 tons. On the left side, the Shiwuwei seal is supposed to reduce suffering in the world while the Yuyuan seal on the right delivers happiness. The character on the Buddha’s chest represents solemnity and virtue. With the nearby Tiahu Lake and a beautiful range of hills, the Lingshan Buddha attracts the faithful, as well as travelers, especially from Hong Kong and Japan, the former of which are said to have contributed some $150,000 towards the construction of the site.
During Spring Festival, visitors from all over the world gather at the Xiangfu Temple to listen to the tolling of the bell, believed to bring good luck. The bell – at 3.5 metres high and weighing in at 12 tons – is the biggest in South China
Turtle Head Isle
18 kilometres southwest of Wuxi, Turtle Head Isle (Yuantouzhu) is the city’s most attractive park. It is actually not an isle at all but a peninsular shaped, unsurprisingly, like the head of a turtle. A small lighthouse stands at the western tip of the park. To its north is the dock, which operates ferries to the Three Hills Isles (Sanshan) where the view of the Taihu Lake is spectacular. A visit to the park is incomplete without a stop off at the highest point – Brightness Pavilion (Guangming ding). If you get tired, enjoy the scenery of the lake from the comfort of one of the teahouses dotted along the banks.
Plum Garden
Backing on to the Dragon Hill 7 kilometres west of Wuxi, the Plum Garden (Meiyuan) is most famous for the thousands of red plum trees and flowers planted there. The garden used to be part of a small private residence during the Qing Dynasty but has since been re-landscaped and expanded to cover more than 70 thousand square metres, housing over 5,000 plum trees and 2,000 plum bonsais. The oldest specimens are said to have lived for over 100 years. There are numerous scenic spots in the garden, including the Tianxin Terrace (Tianxin tai), Meiyuan Carving Stone (Meiyuan keshi), Xiaoluo Float (Xiaoluo fu), Xiangxue Sea (Xiangxue hai), Qingfen Chamber (Qingfen xuan) and the Huoran Cave (Huoran dong). The Mei Pagoda, the highest point in the garden, offers a spectacular springtime view over the sea of red plum blossom and the Taihu Lake.
Thai Lake:
Located between Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, the Tai Lake, known as “Seismic Pool” in ancient time, is one of the five freshwater lakes. It has an area of 2420 square kilometers with the lake coastline of 400 kilometers long, thus winning the fame of “Eight Hundred Li Big Lake”.
There are more than 60 kinds of fish and aquatic and other resources in abundance. Among the famous aquatic products are whitebait (salangid), whitefish, mandarin fish, white shrimp, etc.
Riding on a boundless expanse of blue water, 48 isles and peninsulars and 91 peaks are emerging from the waves, known as “the 72 Peaks” with the East and West Hills of Dongting, Maji (horse-hoof prints) Hill, Shan (three) Hill and Yuan Tou Islet as the most famous among all. The Shan Hill Park has become the most famous scenic spot for tourism in the Tai Lake.
Boating on the Tai Lake is a tourist special feast in Wuxi City. On the endless expanse of blue water, sometimes, the waves roll upon waves, sometimes it becomes quiet like a mirror glittering on the lake with the 72 peaks dimly visible afar riding the waves ups and downs. They make the green hills and clear waters of the Tai Lake look as attractive and beautiful as a piece of picturesque scenery with waves rolling upon waves and hills overlapping on one another. It is indeed a scene majestic in all its variety.
Shuihu (Water Margin) Town:
is situated on the banks of the Tai Lake in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province.
Shuihu Town is the main location where the filming of the Story of Shuihu (Water Margin) was made by the Film Team of the CCTV. The location for making the film was constructed around the Tai Lake accessible to both water route and land route, which is situated between the “Tang City” and the “City of the Three Kingdoms”. The land area occupies 36 hectares in which there are more than 100 scenic spots, big and small.
Based on a grand scale, full of power and grandeur, the landscape of Shuihu Town is divided into urban area, prefecture area, Liangshan area and waterside area with various halls and towers and pavilions dotted here and there. The winding corridors and waterside pavilions are intermingled with each other by deep secluded paths; local folk markets are scattered in picturesque disorder and mountain villa appear to be pure and honest, straight forward and uninhibited. It is a combination of historic significance, good tastes and recreation. It is a nice place for tourists to visit.
    Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and its political, economic and cultural center. With its famous natural beauty and cultural heritages, Hangzhou is one of China's most important tourist venues.

    The City, the southern terminus of the Grand Canal, is located on the lower reaches of the Qiantang River in southeast China, a superior position in the Yangtze Delta and only 180 kilometers from Shanghai. Hangzhou has a subtropical monsoon type climate with four quite distinct seasons. However, it is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter making it a year round destination.
     The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. In this scenic area, Solitary Hill, the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and the Ling Yin Temple are probably the most frequently visited attractions. The "Ten West Lake Prospects" have been specially selected to give the visitor outstanding views of the lake, mountains and monuments.
     A number of national museums can be found in Hangzhou and are representative of Chinese culture. Fine examples are the National Silk Museum and Tea Museum. Along with the other museums in Hangzhou, they provide a fascinating insight into the history of Chinese traditional products.
     One of the most important parts of traveling is tasting the local delicacies. Hangzhou dishes are noted for their elaborate preparation, sophisticated cooking and refreshing taste. Many local specialties will be sure to make your trip a cultural experience. We recommend that you try Beggar's Chicken (a chicken baked in clay), West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source (vinegar coated fish fresh caught from the lake), Dongpo Pork (braised pork) and Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea, etc.

     The shopping environment in Hangzhou is exciting and convenient. Travelers and tourists like to go to Qing He Fang Street. It is one of the most famous and historic streets in the city and reflects many of the features of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Shoppers will admire the antique buildings while purchasing items from a wide range of local goods such as silks, tea or maybe a silk parasol, brocade or a beautiful Hangzhou fan. These are just some of the items to be found but there are many more.

      At night Hangzhou has much to offer and teahouses and various kinds of pubs are both plentiful and popular. Choosing one overlooking the West Lake for a pleasant chat over a cup of tea is sure to make you feel totally relaxed and refreshed.

     While much of the ancient city that had been the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty was destroyed during the Taiping Rebellion in the mid-nineteenth century, today's Hangzhou is a modern and vibrant economical center. As such it provides a base for many talented and skilled people. Never the less, thanks to its unique setting by the West Lake it continues to enjoy the many benefits of the natural surroundings that have delighted visitors for centuries. Not only was it much vaunted in his writings by the 13 century explorer, Marco Polo but the Lake and its environs have inspired poets of great renown such as Bai Juyi and Su Dongpo down the ages. There can be no doubt that visit here is certain to be a memorable one.
Yangzhou (Yángzhōu [扬州])
     Yangzhou is known as a city of gardens and alleys, is a destination that makes a trip to China unforgettable. Little known to most foreign travelers, Yangzhou is a proud retainer of ancient Chinese architecture, art, culture, traditional gardens and parks, cuisine, leisure, and commerce in a beautiful mixture of modernity with its rich 2,500 year history. The demolition sledgehammer has not made much headway here, leaving an increasingly harder to find view into the past. All in all, Yangzhou is the ideal place to experience unique aspects of Chinese culture, and is a relaxing break from other overly developed and commercialized urban centers in the region.
Fast Facts About Yangzhou
Dial code:
Getting There:
Eastern China, Jiangsu Province. 
Mandarin (普通话) and Yangzhou-talk (扬州话).
Huaiyang (Yangzhou) Style.
"+86 514" from abroad. "0514" from within China.
Train and bus convenient.  Air via Nanjing Airport. Water transport via Grand Canal.
Foot, passenger carriages, bicyle, bus, taxi.
Does not freeze during winter. Up to 40°C in summer. High humidity.  Comfortable spring and autumn.
Slender West Lake, Home of Yangzhou Style Cuisine, old-China architecture, Grand Canal.

Other Tour Places—  

there’re also lots of famous tour cities or towns in Southeast China, such as Suzhou, which is famous of ancient architecture style; Nanjing, the capital of six dynasties in Chinese history; Zhouzhuang(周庄), Wuzhen(乌镇) and Xitang(西塘), typical old town scenery of Southeast China (Jiangnan Shui Xiang 江南水乡) ……

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