Check out our guide to life in Wuxi

The historical and cultural city of Wuxi dates back around 3,000 years to the Shang Dynasty. It’s popular with tourists thanks to its beautiful hills, lakes and rivers, historic old city, and modern metropolitan conveniences. The local cuisine is a distinct blend of sweet and savoury, with soup dumplings a speciality. Wuxi is a port city and boasted the busiest rice and cloth market in China prior to the 19th century. It’s also criss-crossed by several canals which rely on the near-by Yangtze River and ancient Grand Canal. Due to its prosperous economy, Wuxi is known as ‘Little Shanghai’.

Wuxi Fast Facts

Prefecture-level city 
Founded 202 BCE
Population 6,553,000

Wuxi Weather

Hottest Month July (29 °C avg)
Coldest Month January (15 °C avg)
Wettest Month June (172.2 mm avg)
Windiest Month October (10 km/h avg)
Annual Rainfall 773.4 mm (per year)

10 Things to See and Do in Suzhou

China Dinosaurs Park

This is the perfect amusement park for enthusiasts of dinosaurs and rollercoasters. 

Grand Buddha at Ling Shan

Live performances, a giant 88m-high Buddha statue, palace, park and temple. 

Xihui Park

This state park has great views of the city, the adjacent Grand Canal, and beautiful Lake Tai.

Tianning Temple

This Buddhist complex includes a 13-story pagoda with gold, brass and jade decorations. 

The Plum Garden

Ideal to visit in spring when the 4,000 plum blossoms are blooming throughout the park. 

Lihu Park

A 300-acre parkland including a giant Ferris wheel, carousel, maze and many sculptures. 

Nanshan Zhuhai

A national park full of bamboo, it’s a great place to see pandas and take a cable car ride. 

Shanjuan Cave

Colourful lighting, beautiful statues and natural rock formations are a highlight for visitors.

Wuxi Museum

The museum exhibits date back 6,000 years and include art, craft and artefacts. 

Centre 66

Shop till you drop at this conveniently located mall, that’s packed with popular brands. 

Cost Of Living

ITEM RMB GBP AUS RAND
Cinema 60 6.85 12.52 124.78
Water 2 0.23 0.42 4.18
Beer in a bar 23 2.63 4.80 47.83
Beer in a shop 9 1.03 1.88 18.72
Coke 4 0.46 0.84 8.35
Meal at a cheap restaurant 20 2.28 4.17 41.59
Meal at an average restaurant 50 5.71 10.43 103.98
Meal at a high end restaurant 100 11.41 20.86 207.96
Gym per month 205 23.40 42.76 426.32
City bus 3 0.34 0.63 6.27
Monthly utility bills (electricity, heating, water, rubbish) 280 31.96 58.40 582.29
Loaf of bread 11 1.26 2.29 22.88

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