Wuxi is an old city in southern Jiangsu province, People's Republic of China. Split in half by Lake Tai, Wuxi borders Changzhou to the west and Suzhou to the east. The Yangtze River lies between the northern half of Wuxi and Taizhou, while the southern half of the city borders the province of Zhejiang. 

Wuxi is also famous for being one of the birthplaces of China's modern industry and commerce, as well as the hometown of many important businessmen, who played essential roles in building modern Shanghai commerce since the early 20th century.

In 2009, Wuxi began to deepen its study and implementation of scientific development by planning and organizing about 140 projects involving public infrastructure planning, railway station and major area planning, ecological landscape planning, ancient towns and villages protection, as well as researches on the update of the construction of regional regulatory plans. Those plans has effectively kept a steady and healthy economic and social development and promoted the urban transition and development in Wuxi.

2010 is the end of the “11th 5-Year Plan” period, the 3rd 3 years of Wuxi’s “constructing ecological city and establishing harmonious home” and the transition development year of deepening the urban-rural construction in the “12th Five-Year Plan” period. The Wuxi Municipal City Planning Bureau adhered to the principal line of transition development and the major arrangements of the Wuxi Municipal Party Committee and the Wuxi Municipal People’s Government, as well as firmly promoted the urban-rural planning, management and supervision. It organized nearly 100 projects involving ecological city, environmental landscape, comprehensive transportation, implementing planning, controlling planning and dynamic update research.


Wuxi is situated at between 119°33′ and 120°38′ east longitude and between 31°7′ and 32°2north latitude, with the Yangtze River to the north and Taihu Lake cutting into it in the south. Except for a few hills lying in the southwest corner, most parts of the Wuxi area are flat with the average sea level of four meters and belong to the alluvial plain of the Yangtze River Delta.

It has Suzhou to the east; is 128 km from Shanghai; faces Taihu Lake in the south; neighbors Zhejiang Province; abuts Changzhou in the west; is 183 km from Nanjing; has the Yangtze River in the north; and commands 35 km of the golden Yangtze River bank.



Wuxi belongs to the subtropical maritime climate zone, with four distinct seasons. It is blessed with a mild climate, plentiful rainfall and ample sunshine. The annual mean temperature is 15.5 degrees centigrade, with a January average of 2.8 degrees centigrade and a July average of 28 degrees centigrade. The city has 250 frost and ice-free days. Rainfall occurs mainly in the summer, with an annual average precipitation of 1,048 mm. Under the impact of complicated factors such as the Taihu Lake waters and hilly areas in southern Yixing, certain parts of Wuxi possess diversified climatic conditions good for growing a variety of crops in both the southern and northern parts.



According to the data presented by the national bureau of statistics, in 2009, the GDP of Wuxi reached RMB 499 billion, increased 11.2% compared to that of 2008; the GDP per capita was around RMB 81,151(ranked No.2 in Jiangsu province only after Suzhou) while the financial income accounted for 41.5 billion RMB.

Known as the international manufacturing base, Wuxi is a national reputed business center and was granted as the optimum commercial city by Fobes. The main industries in Wuxi include textiles, bio-industry, electric motor manufacturing and MRP software development, and most recently there is a movement toward the development of new energy industry, solar energy and wind power in this case. Since the nation’s open up in 1978, Wuxi has been exposed to the foreign investment and the location advantage and policy support had made the city an ideal destination of foreign capital. Nowadays, there are numerous multinational companies choose to base their subsidiaries in Wuxi.

History & Culture

The recorded history of Wuxi, one of Jiangnan civilization origins, can be traced back to the end of the Shang Dynasty (1400 BC – 1046 BC), over 3000 years ago.

Wuxi was liberated on April 23, 1949 and was divided into Wuxi City and Wuxi County. Wuxi City was affiliated to the Sunan people’s administrative government offices. In 1953, Jiangsu Province was founded and Wuxi was a provincial city. Wuxi County was affiliated to many regions such as Changzhou area, Wuxi City and Suzhou area. In June, 1958, 4-district layout was basically formed in Wuxi City, namely Chong’an District, Nanchang District, Beitang District and one suburb. In March, 1983, city-govern-county system was adopted and Wuxi County as well as Jiangyin County affiliated to Suzhou and Yixing County affiliated to Zhengjiang were governed by Wuxi City. In 1988, Mashan Town including Mawei region was set up as Mashan District. After the State Council decided to replace counties with cities, Jiangyin County, Yixing County and Wuxi County was changed into Jiangyin City, Yixing City and Xishan City respectively in April of 1987, March of 1988 and June of 1995. In March 1995, the administrative regions in Wuxi City and Wuxi County were partly adjusted and Wuxi New District, which was made up of Wangzhuang Town in suburb, 19 administrative villages such as Shuofang, Fangqian, Xin’an and Meicun together with the National Hi-Tech Development Zone and Wuxi Singapore Industrial Park in Wuxi, was founded. In December, 2000, Xishan City was withdrawn and Xishan District as well as Huishan District was set up. Administrative regions in Mashan District and 9 towns in Xishan City were merged into the suburb of Wuxi which was renamed Binhu District.