Wuxi Travel Guide

Wuxi Travel Guide


Wuxi is situated in southern Jiangsu province, 128 kilometers away from Shanghai. Wuxi is the second largest city in Jiangsu province, a city of affluence and fascinating natural scenery. It is characterized by abundant beautiful rivers, idyllic lakes, unique-shaped caves, bamboo forests and tea gardens.Standing by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, Wuxi is a significant historical city and has been an important trade center in the area for centuries. The completion of the Grand Canal in the Yuan Dynasty was a major factor in the city's rise, but its role gradually declined as the transportation route fell into disuse. Concrete buildings and skyscrapers are rapidly entering the city in recent years. The city has been making a come back economically, although this comes somewhat at the cost of losing the small city charm.

Facts of Wuxi

Chinese name: 无锡
Location: east of China, near to Shanghai
Area: 8,488 square kilometers (3,276.4 square miles) 
Population: 11,769,100 (statistics in 2010)
Nationalities: Han, Hui, and Manchu 

Dialing code: 0523
Zip code: 215000
Main attractions: Taihu Lake,Liyuan Garde, etc


What to see in Wuxi ?

Wuxi, once a prosperous commercial center in China, now takes a backseat to other cities along the Yangtze River like Suzhou and Yangzhou. Yet due to its long history and the great location, Wuxi still has much to offer travelers. It’s natural scenery and historic sites as a pearl along Taihu Lake make it an ideal side trip when visiting Shanghai, Suzhou or Hangzhou.The city is bordered by the famous Taihu Lake and the Grand Canal also passes by the city and has been an influence on its prosperity for thousands of years. The most notable Wuxi attractions are near Taihu Lake. The following attractions are considered as must-go places when visiting Wuxi.

               Taihu Lake            Liyuan Garden             Turtle Head Island

Wuxi has much to offer travelers due to its long history and the great location. Its natural scenery and historic sites as a pearl along Taihu Lake make it an ideal side trip when visiting Shanghai, Suzhou or Hangzhou. Read More: Wuxi Attractions


When to visit Wuxi ?

Wuxi is in the south of the Yangtze River and has a mild and humid climate with four distinct seasons.Wuxi belongs to a northern subtropical monsoon climate region and has four distinctive seasons, featuring a hot and rainy summer, a cool autumn, and warm spring and winter. Wuxi has an annual mean temperature of 16.2°C (61°F), an annual average precipitation of 1,121 millimeters and 1,924 hours of sunshine on average per year, and the hottest and the coldest months of the year are July and January respectively.

The best times to visit Wuxi are in spring and autumn. .You can not only appreciate plum flowers, azaleas, cherry blossoms, peach blossoms and magnolia flowers in full bloom in spring, but you also have a chance to participate in the temple fairs in Wuxi. In autumn, you can taste aquatic products and juicy peaches in Wuxi.


How to get there?

Wuxi is the transportation hub in East China, where a dimensional transportation network of airways, highways and waterways has been formed, and the inner-city transportation is also convenient.

Airway

Wuxi Shuofang Airport is 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) south-east of the city center, where direct flights to and from Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Kunming, Chengdu, Xiamen, Wuhan, Chongqing and Hong Kong are available. The airport shuttle buses run from Zhonglv Hotel to the airport at 6:45 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm each day, and bus 7 will also take you from the city center to the airport. The international flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok and Jeju are also available at Shuofang Airport.

In addition, coaches from Wuxi Bus Station to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport run at 6:05 am, 6:50 am, 7:30 am, 8:35 am, 9:05 am, 9:50 am, 10:50 am, 11:55 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm and 3:25 pm each day. Coaches to Wuxi Shuofang Airport run every hour from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport from 10:30 am to 8:15 pm each day.

Railway

Wuxi is an important railway hub in East China, where Shanghai-Nanjing Railway and Xinyi-Changxing Railway meet.The trains to and from Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Zhengzhou, Yichang, Beijing, Ningbo, Huaihua, Nanning and Guilin are available at Wuxi Railway Station (1, Chezhan Road, Chong'an District of Wuxi).

Highway

Wuxi is at the crossroad of the highway network of Jiangsu Province, where the Shanghai-Nanjing Highway, Wuxi-Jiangyin Highway and Wuxi-Yinxing Highway meet, and Jiangyin Yangtze River Bridge crosses the south Yangtze River area and the north Yangtze River area. There are three long-distance bus stations in Wuxi, which are listed as follows:

Wuxi Bus Station

The buses from this station mainly leave for the cross-provincial cities as well as Jiangyin, Changshu and Zhangjiagang, and public bus 20, 33, 35, 60, 601, 705, 711, 716 and 735 will take you there from the city center.

Location:114, Tonghui East Road, west of Wuxi Railway Station.

Wuxi Passenge Terrminal

The buses from the terminal mainly depart for Suqian, Huaiyin, Nantong, Qiandao Lake, Wenzhou, Anhui Province, Zhejiang Province and Shandong Province, and public bus 6, 17, 26, 31, 33 and 208 will take you there from Wuxi city center.

Location:88, Zhanbei Road, Wuxi.

West Bus Station of Wuxi

The buses departing for Shanghai, Nanjing, Nantong, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Jiangyin, Zhangjiagang, Liyang, Lishui and Gaochun are available in the bus station, and public bus 20, 40, 41, 52, 56, 82, 88, 112, 131, 203 and 310 will take you there from Wuxi city center.

Location: 7, Qiangqing Road, Wuxi.


Accommodation

Taihu Lake is the highlight of Wuxi, which attracts millions of visitors from spring to autumn each year.As a result, Wuxi is very rich in hotels and hostels with prices ranging from 150 to over 1,000 yuan. It’s rather far from one sightseeing spot to another in Wuxi, so you’re advised to book a hotel in advance according to your chosen travel destinations.The hotels of Wuxi are mainly distributed in Wuxi Railway Station, Taihu Lake and Huishan Scenic Area, and below is a list of highly-recommended hotels for your reference.

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