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Welcome to this experience that we like to call Wuxi. Below you will find some biographical data on the geography and economy of the city. This, by no means, is intended to be a comprehensive compilation of city information, but rather a broad brushed overview. This page will give you a good idea of the size, location and industry of the city. As you come across questions of your own, use the message boards to post your questions and let the collective experience of the Wuxi community help to answer them.
Familiarize yourself with the site and give yourself a headstart in getting around your new city. For information on Western or Sichuan food, check out the Dining & Nightlife section, or for locations of stores that carry western ingredients, look at the Services & Info page.

If you just moved to Wuxi make sure you go to your local police station and register. The police requires that all foreigners as well as locals register themselves upon moving into a new apartment.

Have fun. And again, welcome to Wuxi.

City Profile

Wuxi (无锡) is a city on the Yangtse River between Suzhou and Nanjing,which is located in the south of Jiangsu Province, half way between the cities of Shanghai and Nanjing, with Shanghai 128km to its east and Nanjing 183km to its west. In its south is Lake Taihu and to its north is Yangtse River. The city is under direct jurisdiction of the province and governs three cities and six districts. Wuxi administers 9 county-level divisions, including 7 districts and 2 county-level cities. Because of its recent development, Wuxi has been dubbed the "little Shanghai".

Wuxi is moist and temperate, belonging to that of the sub-tropical maritime with distinct seasons. The average annual temperature is 15.5℃. Though it seldom sees snow. Because of its proximity to the East China Sea, it has a monsoon season and receives 100 cm of rain annually. With fertile soil and rich produce, it is the famous “land teeming with fish and rice” in China.

Belonging to one of the eight primitive cultural districts in China, Wuxi is a famous cultural city with a history of over 3,000 years. The establishment of the city can be traced back to the end of the Shang Dynasty. Taibo, the eldest son of emperor Zhouwu in the West Zhou Dynasty came here to introduce the inland culture to the south and created the Wu culture. The place used to be rich in tin deposit during the Zhou and Qin dynasties. As the tin was depleted by the end of the Qin Dynasty, the place was called Wuxi, meaning “ a place without tin”.

Wuxi is endowed with rich natural and human resources with a galaxy of gifted persons and developed economy. As one of the birthplaces of China’s national industry and commerce, Wuxi is one of the fifteen economic centers in China. The GDP per capita was ¥65,203 (ca. US$8,926) in 2007, ranked no.2 in Jiangsu Province, less than Suzhou but more than the capital city Nanjing.

Transportation and Communication:
Wuxi is fortunately designed with a convenient transportation network. It is indeed the center point to link some of the provinces. Long-tailed highways and railway express pass through Wuxi and other major cities. With an urbanized telecommunication system, it is reasonable to make international calls to many countries around the world. The express mail services are set up between Wuxi and 27 countries and regions. The existence of other technologies such as Skype, internet calls, MSN/Yahoo messenger, etc have made international communication really simple

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Published on: 2005-06-01

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