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Wuxi, also named "Liangxi", is a famous city with a long history in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Three thousand years ago, Taibo, the eldest son of the Emperor Zhouwu in the West Zhou Dynasty came here, set up the State of Gouwu and created the Wu culture. Wuxi, a sparkling pearl of the Taihu Lake, is situated in the southern part of Jiangsu Province and in the middle of the Shanghai-Nanjing Railway. It is 128km away from Shanghai with Suzhou in between and 183km away from Nanjing with Changzhou in between. With the Taihu Lake in the south and the south and the Yangtze River in the north, it borders Zhejiang Province and has bank of 35km along the Yangtze.

Wuxi is a famous city with a long history in southern china. As early as 3000 years ago (end of 11th century BC), in order to give the throne to his brother Jili, Taibo, the eldest son of the Emperor Zhouwu in the northern tribe, came here from Shaanxi together with his younger brother Zhongyong and set up the State of Gouwu (now Meicun Town of Xishan city). By leading the local people to engage in water conservancy, agricultural and sericultural production, Taibo promoted the combination of central and southern Chinese culture and created the Wu Culture. In the 5th year of West Han Dynasty (202BC), Wuxi County was formally established. The name of Wuxi, literarily meaning "no tin", was given due to the extinguishing resource of tin of the Tin Hill. The City of Wuxi was set up in 1949.

It is now a city directly under the jurisdiction of Jiangsu Province. Wuxi has under its jurisdiction Xishan, Jiangyin and Yixing Cities (county-level) and Chongan, Nanchang, Beitang, Suburban, Mashan and New Districts. The total area of the city is 4650sq.km. And the population 4.33 million by the end of 1999, of which 1.1 million are in the metropolitan area. As the birthplace of the Wu Culture, Wuxi has a galaxy of ever growing talented personnel who have made contributions to the development of China's economy and culture. Key celebrities of Wuxi origin are as follows : Poet Li Kun of Tang Dynasty, Poet Youmao of Song Dynasty, Painter Ni Zan of Yuan Dynasty, Painter Wang Fu and Traveler Xu Xiake of Ming Dynasty, Diplomat Xue Fucheng of Qing Dynasty, Scientists Xu Shou and his son Xu Jiangyin, Scientists Hua Hengfang and Hua Shifang brothers, contemporary and modern revolutionaries Qin bangXian, Lu Dingyi, Wang Kunlun, Yan Pu, Scientists Zhou Peiyuan and Qian Weichang, Economists Sun Yefang and Xue Moqiao, Industrialists Rong Zongjin and Rong Desheng, Writer and Historian Liu Bannong, Writer Qian Zhongshu, Movie Star Shangguan Yunzhu, Painer Xu Beihong and National Musician Hua Yanjun ( A Bin the Blind ), etc.

Wuxi is an important economic center. Early this century, Mr. Rong Zongjin and Mr. Rong Desheng, representatives of China's national industrialists, set up a group of industrial enterprises in their hometown, recording Wuxi as a birthplace in the history of China's national industry. Due to developed industry and flourishing economy, Wuxi is reputed as "Little Shanghai" for half a century. Since the founding of New China, Wuxi's economy is developing rapidly. And since the 3th Plenary Session of the 11th Party Central Committee and under the guild line of the Deng Xiaoping Theory and the basic line of the Party, the people in Wuxi emancipate their mind in high spirit, grasp the opportunity and have created unprecedented glories in the history of its development. Wuxi is listed as one of China's 15 key economic centers. It is also one of the 50 cities in China with powerful comprehensive strength, and among 40 cities in China with excellent investment environment. Wuxi has formed a processing system with complete category and powerful support capability. Its key sectors of industry include those of machinery, electronics, light and textile, metallurgical, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It has also become a modernized industrial city with large scale and high standard along China's coastal areas.

Wuxi Tourist Attractions

    Taihu Lake

    Located in the southern part of the Yangtze River delta, Taihu Lake is the th...
    Li Garden

    The Li Garden (Li Yuan) is in southwest Wuxi, and is surrounded on three side...
    Plum Garden

    The Plum Garden is one of the famous scenic spots in Wuxi, situated on east s...
    Yuantouzhu Park

    Wuxi is often called the "Pearl of Lake Taihu," and the best place ...
    Huishan Old Town

    The Huishan Old Town, famed as Wuxi's open-air museum, comprises 25 hectares ...
    Three Kingdoms City

    Located along the banks of Tai Lake, these three cities were recently used as...
    Lingshan Buddha

    25 kilometers from the city's downtown area, the Lingshan Sakyamuni Buddha (L...
    Xi hui Garden

    Covering an area of 45 square kilometers, the Xihui Park is set on the wester...
 

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