Wuxi Travel Guide

Wuxi City - Wuxi Travel GuideWuxi lies in southern Jiangsu Province on the banks of the Jinghang Grand Canal. Seven districts are under its jurisdiction—Xishan, Huishan, Binhu, Chong'an, Nanchang, Beitang and New District—as well as two county-level cities-Jiangyin and Yixing. Set in the heart of the fertile Yangtze River Delta, Wuxi has developed silk, pottery, and brick industries. With its many historical and cultural sites and beautiful scenery, Wuxi has developed into one of the most popular tourist cities in China.

Geographic Location

Wuxi is situated between the Yangtze River to the north and Taihu Lake to the south. Except for a few hills in the southwest corner, most parts of Wuxi are flat and belong to the alluvial plain of the Yangtze River Delta. Wuxi lies in the North Asian tropical humid temperate zone, with an annual mean temperature of 16 degrees Celsius and an average annual precipitation of 1,100 millimeters.

People

The city has a population of 4.4 million, with 2.1 million in the urban area. The natives speak the Wuxi dialect.

History

Wuxi has a history of more than 3,000 years. Under the jurisdiction of the Huiji prefecture during the Zhou and Qin dynasties, Wuxi exploited its natural tin resources. By the early Han period, the city had already adopted its present name, which means "no tin." The city remained a small settlement until the 6th century AD when the Jinghang Grand Canal was dug during the Sui dynasty. The canal passes through the center of Wuxi. It was not until the 13th century that the economy of Wuxi started to develop rapidly. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, Wuxi grew into a national-level rice, silk and cloth market, attracting business people from various parts of the country. In the 1930s, local and foreign investment led to the establishment of numerous factories producing silk, cotton, vegetable oils and flour.

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