Kevin Gao
Kevin Gao
China 2017
My parents always said we were from the land of the Dragons and we will never be far from it. Time has changed and now this is my journey back to China, the Land of Dragons, where everything started for my family. Read More About Kevin →

The city of no tin but plenty of sugar

Rumor has it that there is a city one hour away from Shanghai that is filled with beauty, nature, a deep history, and a very unique cuisine. So I decided to take a weekend getaway to Wuxi, the city between Shanghai and Nanjing.

“Wu” means without. “Xi” means tin. This city used to be a huge source of tin that would be used for the development of bronze in ancient China. Soon, the tin mine ran dry, so the city became known as Wuxi. The city without tin.

In this city, it is very different than the bustling metropolis of Shanghai. It is like taking a step back. Wuxi and its culture is more relaxed than that of Shanghai. The first and most important destination is Taihu lake. This is a very large lake that served as a very inspirational nature resort for many Chinese thinkers, scholars, and philosophers. Right now it is one of China’s protected parks.

Wuxi also has a very unique cuisine. The geographical location of the city makes it a perfect place for growing sugar. In fact, everything is so sweet! From the beverages, desserts, and even the Xiao Long Baos! (Little dumplings). It was a unique experience, and its amazing to see how much of a difference in culture just one hour can make.

As I arrived back in Shanghai, it felt like coming back home. I loved Wuxi but I missed Shanghai, my new home.


The Sunset in Wuxi, a mix between classical and modern China


Stinky tofu is like Cheese. Tofu that is fermented and has a very foul odor and taste a bit like cheese. It is very famous and is a delicacy. There is a first time for everything, but nevertheless, I will never try this again.


Wuxi also has some very important Buddhists statues and a deep history of Buddhism.


Like a lot of places in China, Wuxi does not sleep. This is the streets of Nanchang road, that has the most famous night markets in Wuxi. Nigh markets are local food stands that serve delicious local food.


Here is another view of the Taihu lake.

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