Kempinski Blog Article
Situated on the banks of Lake Taihu in China, Wuxi is a city where ancient worlds harmoniously combine with the modern-day lifestyle. Industry flourishes here, and this city is famous within China for being one of the major birthplaces of the country’s recent economic boom.
Also known for its beautiful scenery and extensive history that spans across many ancient dynasties, Wuxi is the perfect place for those wishing to experience China's towering skylines and sacred past simultaneously. Located in the southern Jiangsu province, visitors can expect fine weather and warm temperatures most of the year.
Known as the cultural centre of Jiangnan, Wuxi is a beautiful and thriving city. Close to Shanghai and neighboured by Suzhou and Changzuo, it is a place that appeals to both travellers passing through eastern China and those looking to discover and enjoy ancient wonders at their leisure.
The Grand Canal which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site runs right through the middle of the city. This is also the longest manmade river in the world and is linked directly to Lake Taihu, the third largest freshwater lake in China and home to over 90 small islands.
Popular among visitors is Turtle Head Isle, a small peninsula that is easily reached by bus. Often named the best place to admire Lake Taihu, many scenic spots can be found here. Cherry Blossom Valley is most beautiful during March and April – when over 70 types of cherry flowers will bloom and are elegantly decorated with lights for the Yuantouzhu International Cherry Blossom Festival.
Entering Wuxi by plane is possible via Sunan Shoufang International Airport which lies just seven miles outside Wuxi city centre. Wuxi can then be reached in under 20 minutes via car or taxi. There are also local bus and subway services available.
Alternatively, visitors can choose to land in Shanghai Pudong International Airport which accepts flights from global airlines such as British Airways, Emirates and Spring Airlines. Boarding a train from Shanghai is the fastest way to reach Wuxi, taking just under an hour in total.
Those arriving by rail will need to exit at Wuxi Railway Station. Guests of Kempinski Hotel Wuxi can then board a bus (number 5, 23 or 201), use the subway - Metro Line 1 - or choose to travel in style and take advantage of our exclusive limousine service.
Before travelling to Wuxi, visitors must check if they need to obtain a visa to enter China. Various visa types are available - click here to see if you need to apply for a visa, and for a detailed breakdown of each type. Without the required documents, you will be unable to continue your visit to Wuxi.
Visitors will find many of the same dishes in Wuxi as you do across eastern China, but they are most likely to be a little bit sweeter. This is because a common characteristic of Wuxi cuisine is the addition of sugar and soy sauce, often added to savoury dishes to produce a fragrant, caramelised flavour.
When visiting Wuxi, guests must try some of the local specialities. A popular dish is xiaolongbao, a delicious steamed bun prepared in small bamboo steaming baskets. Traditionally, xiaolongbao are filled with pork but modern variations include minced crab meat, roe and various vegetarian fillings. You will be served Zhenjiang vinegar and thinly sliced ginger to dip your bun into - try the dish at Fang Yuan Restaurant located inside Hotel Wuxi Kempinski, or head to Xi Sheng Yuan on JianKang Road 84.
Other Wuxi delicacies include Wuxi pork spare ribs, known for their high-quality meat and succulent, aromatic sauce, a whitebait omelette and fried gluten puffs/balls - a crispy snack, starter or side dish that can be stuffed with meat or vegetables.
For a healthy treat, try a Wuxi honey peach. In season and for sale around mid-July every year, this tender, succulent fruit is well-known for its delicious taste and wonderful shape and colour.
There is much to see in Wuxi, from sights of natural beauty to magnificent man-made wonders. Plan ahead to make sure you can fit everything into your trip before you leave.
An important piece of Chinese history, Nanchan Temple of Wuxi was built during the Southern Dynasty in 549 A.D. Free to visit, tourists can discover the statues within the pagoda before exploring the many market stalls, restaurants and stores in the area. A perfect way to spend a few hours, the area is lively during the afternoon and evening.
Grand Buddha at Ling Shan
At 88m tall, the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan is one of the tallest statues in the world. Made from bronze, this sculpture stands at the top of 217 steps and weighs over 700 tons.
A true must-see for any visitor to Wuxi, the surrounding area offers visitors plenty to do. It is easy to spend a few hours here, with beautiful parkland, a restaurant and lots of other incredible statues to explore. The park is also home to the majestic gold domed Brahma Palace, and Flying Dragon Tower with its ornate multi-layered white turrets.
Huishan Ancient Town
A unique place located at the foot of Huishan Mountain, Huishan Ancient Town is one of the best preserved historical areas in Wuxi. Major sites here include Jichang Garden, Hui Shan Temple and the Clay Figurine Museum.
The Grand Canal also passes through the town, and the collection of beautiful gardens provide a peaceful place to escape to on a sunny day.
Three Kingdoms City
Part of the CCTV Television Bases, Three Kingdoms City is a truly remarkable place to visit. An ancient world rebuilt for the production of the famous historical series 'The Romance of Three Kingdoms', visitors can explore the gigantic set that spans across 35 hectares. Realistic remakes of some of the most well-known historical buildings from the Han Dynasty can be found here, such as Wu's Palace, the Ganlu Temple and the Caocao's Army Camp on Land and Waterside.
For more information about visiting Wuxi, please contact the team at Hotel Wuxi Kempinski here.