Nestled on the shores of Lake Tai in China's Jiangsu province, Wuxi is a beautiful city closely connected to the neighbouring towns of Changzhou and Suzhou. People visit Wuxi for both business and leisure - the area has a long and fascinating history that goes back to the days of the Shang dynasty in 1600 BCE and is still a major industrial hub fuelling China's growth. Wuxi is also known for its waterways and lakes; the city's location on the shores of Lake Tai make it an excellent launchpad for exploring the lake and its surrounds. Moreover, the Grand Canal - the longest artificial waterway in the world - also cuts through the centre of Wuxi. The best way to experience all Wuxi has to offer is with a stay in Frasers Hospitality's serviced apartments in the New District.
Wuxi's industrial might may be the reason people visit for the first time but once there, many fall in love with Wuxi's unique charms. A city of canals, picturesque neighborhoods and fascinating historical sites, Wuxi has more to it than meets the eye. First-time visitors to Wuxi will love exploring the shores of Lake Tai, wandering the streets that run along the Grand Canal, and discovering the peace and serenity of Wuxi's many gardens and parks. In Wuxi, nature is never far away, and it makes for a much more relaxed vibe than larger cities like Shanghai and Beijing.
Looking for long-stay serviced apartments in Wuxi? Modena by Fraser New District Wuxi offers guests outstanding contemporary living close to the heart of Wuxi's main economic zone. The property's 120 furnished serviced apartments are ideal for travelling executives and their families in Wuxi for a long stay, and the on-site facilities including all-day dining, a 24/7 gym and sauna.
During your hotel stay in Wuxi's New District, don't miss out on the top things to see and do in Wuxi, including the many sites located on the shores of Lake Tai.
Located to the southwest of your hotel in Wuxi on the other side of Lake Tai, the Mt. Lingshan Scenic Area is a fascinating and almost magical Buddhist site featuring multiple attractions and historical places, including the grand Screen Wall, the Altar of Buddha's Footprints, the Nine Dragons Bathing Sakyamuni and the Grand Buddha - an 88-metre standing buddha that rises above the entire complex. To reach the feet of the Buddha, visitors journey up the Ascending Cloud Avenue; climb 216 stairs meant to represent 108 wishes and 108 troubles. The Grand Buddha is flanked by two mountains, making for some breathtaking scenery. The three-floor museum inside the Lotus shaped base of the Grand Buddha tells the story of Buddhism and its arrival and spread through ancient China.
Nanchang Street is where Wuxi's residents head out for a night with friends and family. The ancient street running parallel to an offshoot of the Grand Canal, has become a go-to for nighttime dining, boutique shopping and its picturesque location and architecture. Traditional peaked-roof houses line either side of the canal, and stone gates front many properties. One of the best ways to see the street is from the water. There are canal cruises that leave in both directions every half hour or so and pass under the street's small peaked bridges. After a bit of sightseeing, walk back down the street and stop at one of the many food stalls, cafes or restaurants for a delicious meal. Wuxi's take on xiaolongbao is a little sweeter than you'll find in places like Shanghai, but the casing is lighter and the soup delicious. Another local favourite to try on Nanchang Street is Wuxi Pork Ribs - delicious slow-cooked ribs in a sticky-sweet sauce.
More than any other city along its 1,776-kilometre length, Wuxi embodies the history and story of China's UNESCO heritage-listed Grand Canal, the longest artificial waterway on earth. Wuxi sits at the centre of the Yangtze delta, long the centre of China's industry and trade, and for over 2,500 years the Grand Canal has connected Wuxi to cities as far north as Beijing and Hangzhou to the south. The Wuxi section of the Grand Canal is exceptionally beautiful and located only a short journey from your long-stay serviced apartments in the New District. The best way to experience the Grand Canal is with a relaxing day tour, stopping at some of Wuxi's more renowned historical and cultural sights along the way, including the gorgeous Jichang Garden. A full-day tour will also take you southward to Wujiang City and its collection of traditional white-washed and back tiled abodes line the canal.
Those looking to pause and reflect during their stay in Wuxi will appreciate Li Garden. The 8.5-hectare garden is surrounded by water on three sides and contains several historical pavilions that date back to the times of the Yue State and then Prime Minister Li, after which the garden and adjoining lake are named. The garden's three sections are beautifully manicured and divided into three sections - a series of rockeries in the centre, a long, lakeside beach in the west and a perennial corridor in the east. Crossing the many bridges dotting the garden and walking through the 'corridor of one thousand steps' you almost feel as if you've been transported back to ancient times. In the autumn thousands of osmanthus trees give off a delightful fragrance, ideal for a quiet afternoon walk. Li Garden is located about a 15-minute drive west of your serviced apartments in Wuxi's New District.
Wuxi has over 3,000 years of history to share, and the best place to see a good chunk of it is at the Wuxi Museum, located around a 15-minute taxi ride from your serviced apartment. Opened in 2007, the museum is responsible for collecting, restoring and showcasing cultural relics from the region as well as cataloguing natural history specimens, including fossils. The museum's 26 permanent exhibitions examine the history of Wuxi and its surrounds as far back as the palaeolithic age, through the bronze age and the late 19th Century, when Wuxi became the centre of China's industrial revolution.
Wuxi is connected to Shanghai in the south by China's extensive high-speed rail network, which makes the journey between the cities relatively easy. For guests arriving at Modena by Frasers' serviced apartments in Wuxi by air, the journey from Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International Airport to your hotel in Wuxi takes under 10-minutes.
Getting around Wuxi is generally a combination of rail, taxis and walking. Wuxi's metro system is quite limited at this time, so the quickest way to get about town is in a taxi. In central Wuxi, walking is an easy way to get between venues and also see a little more of Wuxi's picturesque canals and bridges.