Written by Naughty_lulu on 07 Dec, 2009
After breakfast, we all jumped into a van heading to our first stop in Wuxi-a brillian pearl by the vast Lake Taihu. ARound 40 minutes, we arrived at the foot of Lingshan.LingshanOne of the most awe-inspiring sights in Wuxi, even the entire Jiangsu Province, is…Read More
After breakfast, we all jumped into a van heading to our first stop in Wuxi-a brillian pearl by the vast Lake Taihu. ARound 40 minutes, we arrived at the foot of Lingshan.LingshanOne of the most awe-inspiring sights in Wuxi, even the entire Jiangsu Province, is the Great Buddha at Lingshan, along the shores of Lake Taihu in Wuxi. The largest standing statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha in the world, this bronze colossus stands 88 meters tall, its lotus flower pedestal brings the entire structure to over 100 meters. After 2 hours visit, we move on to a local Restaurant for lunch. Then, go to our second stop-Lake Taihu. Lake TaihuWith an area of 2250 square kilometers, Lake Taihu (or Lake Tai) is the third largest freshwater lake in China. Large or small islets, plus the presence of many fleets of fishing junk boats add to its landscape, making it a remarkable spectacle. Out of all the other islets, Yuantouzhu (Turtle Head Islet) is the place most worth visiting. Finally we arrive to the third stop-Yuantouzhou. What is Yuantouzhou? Wuxi is often called the "Pearl of Lake Taihu," and the best place to see the beauty of the lake is from the gardens of the Yuantouzhu peninsula and its nearby islands.Yuantouzhu (Turtle Head Islet) is an islet stretching into the lake, whose shape is really like the head of a turtle protruding from the water. Close
Written by MythMin on 23 Apr, 2006
Taihu Lake, the highlight of the city of Wuxi, encompasses an area of 2,250km² with an average depth of only 2 to 2.5m. Though rather shallow, the lake is full of nutrients, home to not only rare sea animals like the Yun Yu fish, White…Read More
Taihu Lake, the highlight of the city of Wuxi, encompasses an area of 2,250km² with an average depth of only 2 to 2.5m. Though rather shallow, the lake is full of nutrients, home to not only rare sea animals like the Yun Yu fish, White fish and White prawns, but also to the beautiful Taihu Rocks that adorns traditional Chinese gardens all over China. Furthermore, the waters of Taihu Lake are most suitable for breeding fresh water pearls, making Wuxi the only place in the world to find such pearls.
Wuxi’s fresh water pearls can be found in most parts of Jiangsu province, but why buy from anywhere else but Wuxi itself? The Fresh Water Pearls Factory specializes in raring and selling these precious pearls. Upon entering the factory, we were wowed by the rows and rows of glass cases selling pearl necklaces, pearl earrings, pearl bracelets and pearl rings. There was even facial wash and facial cream made from the crushed powder of the fresh water pearls. Apparently, using powdered cream from the pearls will keep your skin soft and smooth like the surface of a pearl. The pearls in the factory ranges from the cheaper ones that are bred for only a year, to the more expensive ones that have been bred for about 30 years or so. If you intend to buy the more pricey jewellery, the original prices and the bargained prices would not be much of a difference. But if you intend to buy the cheaper pearls, here is a little tip: WAIT! My friend and I decided on a less expensive pearl bracelet that was originally RMB300. We tried bargaining until it dropped to RMB200 for 2 bracelets. We thought we had a good bargain and decided to sit out the rest of the time at the factory. It was not until we were about to leave when the sales people came begging us to buy more things, offering the exact bracelet for RMB50 a piece!!! So do wait… the prices of the cheaper pearls will definitely continue to get much, much cheaper!
Another treasure of Wuxi is its delicious food and delicacies. In my one day tour of Wuxi, I managed to visit two restaurants, the Zhi Yun Fresh Water Seafood Restaurant for lunch and the Gold Coast Hotel Restaurant for dinner. One of the local dishes not to be missed in Wuxi is the delicious Wuxi spare ribs. Connected to an ancient folk tale, this soy-braised pork ribs is cooked with lustrous thick dark red sauce and emits an alluring fragrance from its well-done meat. Other than the delightful dish of spare ribs, do get a taste of the seafood from Taihu Lake. The fried eel makes an extremely scrumptious appetizer, together with the pickled dishes before the main course. The white prawns and the white Yun Yu fishes are as their name implies, white and transparent. I could hardly taste them! The Yun Yu fishes are extremely small, just about the size of anchovies, and can only be eaten in Wuxi and Suzhou, due to the fact that they are unable to stay fresh long enough for transportation out of these cities.
Wuxi is an extremely diversified city; with its active atmosphere in the city centre to the tranquil ambiance by the Taihu Lake. Its plentiful surprises, be it beautiful gleaming pearls or gastronomic treasures, never fails to pleasure and amaze its unsuspecting visitors.