Wuxi, in the central Yangtze River Delta on the southeast coast of China, is a city of affluence and intoxicating landscape in southern Jiangsu Province. It is 128km away from Shanghai to its east; it borders the Yangtze River to the north while embracing the Taihu Lake to the south. It covers an area of 4,650 square kilometers, with a population of 4.359 million.
As one of the oldest cities in China, Wuxi has a history of more than 3,000 years. 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".
The rich culture of Wuxi had cultivated many intelligent people in Chinese history. Qian Zhongshu, the author of The Besieged City, was from Wuxi. Set in the heart of the fertile Yangtzi River Delta, Wuxi has developed new industries including silk production, pottery and bricks. Now the city is attracting more and more visitors, most of them drawn to the tranquil waters of Tai Lake and the huge Buddha icon that watches over the area from close by.
Dominated by Taihu Lake, Wuxi is considered a town of great natural beauty. Gardens in Wuxi appeal to visitors mainly because of their compact size. But, above all, they were built with near mountains and waters as the backdrop. Scenic spots inside these gardens spread out so artistically that they harmonize with others outside the gardens create a beautiful effect, so that there appear to be garden inside mountains and hills inside gardens. Jichangyuan Garden at Huishan Mountain is a case point.
These days, the area is attracting more and more visitors, most of them drawn to the tranquil waters of the lake and the huge buddha icon that watches over the area from close by.