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Wuxi (literally means No More Tin) was built over 3,000 years ago. According to the book, in 772 B.C., tin and lead were found in what is today Wuxi. At that time, all weapons and farming tools were made of bronze, an alloy of copper and tin. After 500 years, however, tin run out. Hence the name, Wuxi (No More Tin), which signifies peace.

Wuxi is located north of Taihu Lake and south of the Yangtze River. Consisting of the city proper and three suburban towns, the total area of Wuxi is 4650 square kilometers. Climatically, Wuxi has distinct seasons, with the temperature averaging 15.5 degrees Centigrade.

Wuxi is an important town in Jiangsu Province. It nevertheless is an attractive place to visit with its network of canals and cobbled streets. The major attraction for most visitors are Lake Taihu, the third largest fresh water lake in China and two other fine gardens -- Mei Yuan, or Plum Garden, and Li Garden. Each has its own charm.

Xihui Park, located on the western edge of Wuxi is a famous park. There are the remains of the Hui Shan Temple built in 420 A.D. and the Huishan Spring that was known as far back as the ninth century. The spring is the second oldest spring in china.


Li Garden

In the Qingqi Village in Wuxi City, is located the Li Garden which is one of the major scenic spots in China. It lies by Li Lake and covers an area of 8.2 hectares (approx. 98,071 square yards). It is said that Fan Li who was a prime minister of the Yue State in Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC - 476 BC) was very meritorious in helping the king to conquer another state. However, he has decided to live in privacy with Xi Shi (one of the Four Beauties in ancient China) after the big success was achieved. They lived in this area and boated in Li Lake. In order to commemorate Fan Li, the lake was named after his name. However, the garden was named after the lake.

The garden is surrounded by water on three sides. You can see green hills in the distance, and at close range the dike, long corridor, and rockery. The scenery in the garden can be divided into three sections: Man-made hills in the middle section, the scenic spots such as long dike and Four Seasons Pavilions in the west section and abundant spots including Spring and Autumn Pavilion and long corridor in the east section.

Plum Garden

Located five kilometers (3 miles) west of the city of Wuxi, the Plum Garden in Jiangsu Province has long been known as one of the best places for viewing plum blossoms. The garden backs onto Dragon Mountain in the north and faces Taihu Lake in the south. The three elements-mountains, water, and plum blossoms-are combined to create picturesque scenery that fully represents the profound culture of Chinese plum blossom.

As early as 1912, Rong Desheng, one of the first national businessmen, invested in the garden and began its construction. He planted various plum trees on the original plot of 80 mu (13 acres), later expanding it. The garden now occupies an area of more than 500 mu (82 acres). It integrates natural beauty, history and architecture in a harmonious way.

Three sections featuring distinct themes are distributed in the garden. The part that focuses on the plum blossom has a romantic and poetic atmosphere. As you wander around through this ocean of fragrance, bear in mind famous poems and paintings composed on the subject and you will appreciate the wonders of plum blossoms more than ever. There are more than 4,000 planted plum trees and 2,000 plum bonsais including about 40 hybrids such as Cinnabar plum and Kermes plum. Enjoying a 70-year-history of planting, the garden offers a great many examples of members of the plum family including Straight Branch, Reclinate Branch, Dragon Swim, hybrids of plum and apricot, and cherry plum, many of which have been brought here from all around China.

Three Kingdoms City

Located in the southwest suburb of Wuxi City is the Three Kingdoms City, which is one of the CCTV Television Bases, and a renowned tourist attraction. The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a historical TV series, was filmed there. The title, Three Kingdoms, refer to Wei (220-265), Shu (221-263) and Wu (229-280) which were the three rival powers during the period of Three Kingdoms.

Covering an area of about 35 hectares (86 acres), the Three Kingdoms City is a Han Dynasty (206BC-220) style structure. In order to film the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a series of buildings were needed to be built there. These include the King of Wus Palace, the Ganlu Temple, the Caocaos Army Camp on Land and Waterside, the Seven Star Altar and the Stunt Performing Court for Big Fire at Red Cliffs. These buildings have all become celebrated tourist spots.