Nestled on the shores of Taihu Lake in Jiangsu province, Wuxi is a gem waiting to be discovered. Can’t wait to set off to explore this city with a unique blend of nature and urban landscapes? The city is now connected to Singapore with direct flights from Changi Airport to Sunan Shuofang International Airport in Wuxi operated by Jetstar Asia, starting from 28 December 2023.
We invite you to explore Wuxi’s rich cultural heritage, scenic landscapes, and vibrant modern attractions with us.
Where is Wuxi?
Wuxi is situated in southern Jiangsu province in eastern China, approximately an hour away by the high-speed railway train from Shanghai. With the city directly connected to Singapore Changi Airport, it is an ideal starting point for you to explore the picturesque regions of Jiangsu and beyond.
Top attractions in Wuxi
1. The Grand Canal
Wuxi is intersected by the Grand Canal, the longest artificial river in the world that extends for more than 1,700km, connecting Hangzhou in Zhejiang province with Beijing. Take a boat tour to admire the historic canal and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which played a vital role in China's ancient transportation system and commerce.
The canal is lined with charming old buildings and picturesque bridges, providing a glimpse into the country's rich history.
2. Lingshan Grand Buddha
Standing at an impressive 88m, the Lingshan Grand Buddha is one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world. Located at the Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot, visitors can marvel at the intricate details of this cultural masterpiece and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area.
3. Taihu Lake
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life by exploring the serene shores of Taihu Lake. Wuxi's largest freshwater lake offers a peaceful retreat, with opportunities for boat rides, lakeside strolls, and visits to charming waterfront villages.
4. Huishan Ancient Town
The Huishan Ancient Town is a historical gem in China. You can wander through narrow cobblestone streets, visit ancient temples, and savor local delicacies in this well-preserved historic district.
It is also best known to be one of the best spots in China to appreciate the autumn scenery, as the town will be filled with magnificent views of red maple leaves and gingko leaves turning to gold in colour.
Top things to do in Wuxi
1. Visit the Wuxi Museum
Gain insights into Wuxi's history and culture by visiting the Wuxi Museum. The exhibits in the museum span a remarkable 6,000 years, showcasing the city's evolution from ancient times to its current status as a modern metropolis. The most notable collection has got to be the Qing dynasty cannons - a must-see for history buffs. Be sure to include the Wuxi Museum into your itinerary during your visit!
2. Try your hand at sculpting Huishan Clay Figurines
Participate in a hands-on experience by trying your hand at creating Huishan clay figurines, a traditional folk craft in Wuxi. The 400-year-old history of Huishan clay figurines has stood the test of time and is now one of the city’s most famous cultural products. The intricate sculptures make for unique souvenirs and provide a deeper connection to the local culture.
3. Indulge in Wuxi’s culinary delights
For the foodies, tasting and indulging in local dishes is a must. At Wuxi, you will find some of the freshest seafood, delicious local snacks and dishes in eateries and restaurants that will keep you going back for more. Some of the most famous dishes include barbecued pork ribs, slow cooked in soy and rock sugar, smoked fish with broth and noodles, and the savoury Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings). We recommend exploring the local markets and street food stalls for an authentic taste of Wuxi's gastronomic offerings.
Wuxi is a perfect destination for travellers seeking a blend of tradition and modernity, and a great gateway to the eastern part of China, with the high-speed rail service connecting Wuxi to many major Chinese cities.
From the enchanting Grand Canal to the majestic Lingshan Grand Buddha, Wuxi promises a diverse and memorable experience for those eager to explore the heart of China. Pack your bags and embark on a journey to Wuxi, where history, culture, and natural beauty converge to create an unforgettable travel destination.
From 15 January 2024, the frequency of flights from Singapore Changi Airport to Wuxi will be increased to four flights a week, connecting even more travellers and passengers to this city worth exploring.