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City in a Glance

 

More than 3,000 years ago, the eldest son of Emperor Zhou Taiwang, Qinbo, came here to build a city and founded the Gouwu Kingdom with his brother, Zhong Yong. Emperor Han Gaozu, the first ruler of the Han Dynasty, established a county here and called it Wuxi (which translated means no more lead or tin) because the tin and lead had been completely mined out.

Wuxi is situated in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The Great Canal from Beijing to Hangzhou runs across the entire area. Wuxi encompasses 3 cities and 5 districts with an area of 6.450 square kilometers and a population of 4.2 million. With fertile land, crisscrossed ports and rivers, abundant products from flourishing industry and agriculture, Wuxi is considered one of the 15 national economical centers. Wuxi is known for its natural scenic beauty and rich cultural landscapes. Beautiful rivers, lakes, springs, caves, bamboo and tea gardens are features that form the unique style of Jiangnan (south region of Yangtze River including Southern Jiangsu, Anhui and northern Zhejiang). The rippling blue Taihu Lake, the ancient canal and exquisite gardens, the graceful bearing of this pottery capital, historic remains of Taibo in Xi hill, folk custom village, the native place of Xu Xiake, the most famous Chinese traveler in the Ming Dynasty in Jiangyin, the ancient battery on Yellow Hill will surely make you not to miss home.