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Xiling Mountain (Xilǐng Xuěshān, 西岭雪山)—also referred to as "Xiling Snow Mountain," "Xiling Snow-Capped Mountain" or just "Xiling Xueshan"—is a pleasant get-away just about two hours by...


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Situated between Wuxi's rolling hills and the shores of magnificent Tai Lake (Tai Hu), the Plum Garden (Méi Yuán, 梅园) is a sprawling orchard that occupies a prime piece of scenic real estate. There are over 5,000 plum trees in the park, mostly planted in the early 20th century, though a few rogue peach trees date back to the Qing Dynasty. A thoroughly pleasant spot to visit at at any time of year, the Plum Garden really hits its peak in spring when those thousands of tree burst into million pink blossoms as..

Turtle Head Isle Scenic Area (Yuántóuzhǔ, 鼋头渚) is really a narrow peninsula jutting into Tai Lake, which, if you use your imagination, looks like the long craning neck of a turtle. It's primarily a park with some nice, close-up views of the lake. Scenic walking paths, viewpoints, teahouses, boat rides on the lake and the Wuxi Film Studios theme park make up the bulk of the attractions here. The Brightness Pavilion (Guāngmíng Dǐng, 光明顶), sits on an hillside and from its slightly elevated position offers some of the..

Incorporating the two hills Xi Shan (Xī Shān, 锡山) and Hui Shan (Huì Shān, 惠山), Xihui Park (Xīhuì Gōngyuán, 锡惠公园) sits west of town. The top of Xi Shan is the highest point in the park, punctuated by Longguang Pagoda (Lóngguāng Tǎ, 龙光塔)—a rebuilt Ming Dynasty tower with great views of Tai Lake (Tai Hu) and the Grand Canal cutting through Wuxi. The peak can be reached by foot or by cable car. Atop Hui Shan is Hui Temple (Huìshān Sì, 惠山寺), built during the Six Dynasties Period, which is..

Almost twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, the Lingshan Buddha (Língshān Dà Fó, 灵山大佛) stands an impressive 88 m (289 ft) atop a rise 25 km (16 mi) outside of Wuxi. The statue is part of Lingshan Wonderland (Língshān Qíngjìng, 灵山甠境), a Buddhist-themed park that also includes temples and monuments inspired by Chinese, Tibetan and Indian Buddhist cultures as well as an art gallery and museum.  Built in the mid-1990s, the statue has its fair share of detractors who see it as more a tourist..

Three Hills Island (Sānshān Dǎo, 三山岛) is an island accessed by ferry from Turtle Head Isle. Each of the island's three peaks is dotted with a tall Buddha. Temples, pavilions, gardens and scenic lookouts over Tai Lake (Tai Hu) should occupy the better part of an afternoon.

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