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Top 5 tourism spots in Wuxi

By Zhiyu Wang

November 30

Wuxi is one of Eastern China’s oldest water towns.

Wuxi is one of Eastern China’s oldest water towns.

Wuxi is a 3000 year-old city that traces its origins to the end of the Shang Dynasty. It is a transportation hub connecting Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces. With its rich cultural heritage, Wuxi is one of the top ten tourist cities in China. Here are five places we recommend.

1. Turtle Head Isle 鼋头渚

Turtle Head Isle in spring [Image Credit: VCG]
Turtle Head Isle in spring [Image Credit: VCG]
Turtle Head Isle, called Yuantouzhu in Chinese, is a peninsula on the northwestern shore of Taihu Lake. It got its name because its shape resembles a turtle’s head. The isle became a park in 1916 and has become an ideal place for visitors to enjoy the beauty of Taihu Lake.

Best time to visit: March-June

Entry: 105 yuan/person

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

2. Liyuan Garden 无锡蠡园

 Liyuan Garden [Image Credit: VCG]
Liyuan Garden [Image Credit: VCG]
Located in the southwest of Wuxi, Liyuan Garden is one of the most popular scenic spots in China because of its detail-oriented design. The garden has three kinds of scenery including man-made hills, pavilions and waterways. The garden was named after Fan Li, a senior official of the state of Yue who retired to his hometown after defeating the state of Wu in battle.

Best time to visit: March–May, September-November

Entry: 45 yuan/person

Opening hours: 07:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

3. Grand Buddha at Lingshan 灵山大佛

The Outdoor Statue of Grand Buddha at Lingshan [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Han Bo]
The Outdoor Statue of Grand Buddha at Lingshan [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Han Bo]
The 88m tall bronze Buddha that stands on Lingshan Mountain is the site of the annual Bell Striking celebration. Held on Lunar Chinese New Year, it draws thousands of participants.

Best time to visit: the whole year

Entry: 210 yuan/person

Opening hours: 08:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

4. Wuxi Film and Television Studio Town 无锡影视城

Three Kingdoms Town [Image Credit: VCG]
Three Kingdoms Town [Image Credit: VCG]
Founded in 1987 by the China Central Television Station, Wuxi Film and Television Studio Town has several film sets, including a Tang Dynasty Town, a European Style Town, a Three Kingdoms Town and the Outlaws of the Marsh Town. The well-liked Romance of the Three Kingdoms was filmed here.

Best time to visit: the whole year

Entry: 150 yuan/person for all the film towns together.

Opening hours: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

5. Huishan Ancient Town 惠山古镇

Huishan Ancient Town [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Luo Jun]
Huishan Ancient Town [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Luo Jun]
Huishan Ancient Town is located at the foot of Huishan Mountain in the west of Wuxi City. With the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal flowing through it, the town was a transportation center from the Sui Dynasty to early modern times. Huishan Ancient Town is renowned for its natural scenery and well-preserved historic relics, including numerous ancestral halls.

Best time to visit: March–May, September-November

Entry: free

Opening hours: the whole day

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