Taihu Yuantouzhu Scenic
Taihu Yuantouzhu Scenic
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  • Gorgan
    Florence, Italy113 contributions
    Other 5-star scenic spot in China.
    Other must-see place in Wuxi is Taihu lake and in particular the Turtle Head Island. The price of the ticket is 90 RMB which is reasonable as it includes two main scenic spots which are pretty big. It also includes the ferry you need to take in order to head for the Turtle Head Island which is one of the scenic spots in the matter. While approaching the island you can easily realize it is made of two parts...the one on the left is bigger whereas the one on the right is smaller. You can ignore the latter and focus on visiting the former. It's very interesting. You will find accurate replicas of famous statues located in other parts of China. Among the others I am referring to the Dazu Rock carvings and Vairocana Buddha from Longmen Caves in Luoyang. Nearby on top of the hill there is a building that hosts a huge statue of the Jade emperor. Aside from this island the ticket comprehends also another very big area where you can stroll around and enjoy both the view of Taihu Lake and the visit of temples and palaces. Needless of me to say the best period to visit this scenic spot is in spring when cherry trees blossom. From the railway station you can get bus number 1 to reach this popular destination.
    Written September 22, 2021
  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina64,689 contributions
    Splendidly beautiful & peaceful park
    Great place for a leisurely walk. We enjoyed viewing the lake, gardens, many types of trees and flowers, and I believe what are spring’s sour red cherries. The park is well-maintained and clean.
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 2, 2019
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    turtle-like recreation park on lake Tai - Wuxi and a small boat trip to island
    If you happen to visit Wuxi, then ask your Chinese connection to guide you to this recreation park (that is exactly the translation for Yuantouzhou). Wuxi, a rather big China city on Tai lake (Locals call it Taihu, as hu means lake) is said to be (by locals) the jewel of Taihu lake. Near this city you can also admire the higherst Budha statue on earth (88 meters high - see my review about that religious place). Coming back to Yantouzhu park, it is found on a peninsula that looks very much as a turtle in catopsis, at the northern part of Taihu lake. Once there, you find your self in a huge park, very well sustained clean and neat, a Paradise for young children that go absolutely nuts about it. They have taken good care to have positioned near the entrance a clean and big washroom place and immediately next you find the small electric train that can take you all around the park. I strongly suggest that you do take this train in order to get a first glimpse and opinion of what the park offers for its visitors and then decide which place you wish to stay for a little bit more. I did not have too much time as my local friends expected me for the typical long dinner 100 kms away, so I decided to get off at the small harbor where lake ferries kept going out to the lake island. In this small harbor, a couple of old style Chinese sailing boats were anchored (see photos). We took the ferry with a lot of locals (no other foreigners aboard) and set off to the island. We had only the time to walk over the "meeting immortals bridge" on the island and take the next ferry back to basis and further drive home. This place has really the magic touch to remove your stress and refill you with positive energy. Do not miss it, if around..
    Traveled on business
    Written August 2, 2015
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Canada20 contributions
The day we went it was a fairly clear day and had amazing views. Best to walk the park. Getting a car into this place is crazy. Lots of people outside but once inside it is great. At the one temple is a great place for lunch. Noodles are fresh and very good. Lots to see. Lots of walking, we did about 20 km the one day and don't think we seen everything.
Written March 30, 2015
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Moe Myint Han
Singapore, Singapore121 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
Very crowed when I was there in late March. Coz it is cherry blossom. The place is huge and many Sakura trees. Be prepare for the crowd and some people take the best spot for as early as 1 or 2 pm to take the nice spot for night shoot of blossom. If no blossom this place is nice chilling for family or couple walk enjoying the scene.
Written April 30, 2019
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Winter Garden, FL95 contributions
Jun 2014 • Solo
I started in Shanghai at the Shanghai Rail station. Note that when you exit the metro and are standing facing the rail station the ticket off is to the right across the street. Follow the signs to a building across a busy street and go to the 2nd floor. I found the English window and bought a 9:20AM ticket with a 7:58PM return both on a G high speed train. Total cost was 120 Rmb June 2014.

I headed to lake tai from the Giant Buddah park where I found calm and relaxation. The admission here was 110RMB after 85RMB taxi ride. I walked along the path and did not take the bus. It was relaxing and great exercise. The afternoon sun was setting and there was a nice breeze making the heat bearable. The boat ride to Fairy Island was longer than expected but there were good sites to see. I grabbed a taxi and head to the rail station ending my day trip to Wuxi.
Written June 17, 2014
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Vancouver157 contributions
Jul 2011 • Couples
This beautiful area is certainly a must see for any trip to Wuxi. Bring some sunscreen and walk around (easy difficulty) the area.
Written July 4, 2011
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Sandeepshastri K
Bengaluru, India193 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
This scenic area is one of the most beautiful in Wuxi area. Could not feel any spectacular sight during our visit (in early May) due to large crowd. However the scenic area is well spread out and good place to walk around the park. Large crowd left us to wait for at least 45mins for ferry ride towards turtle head park. While returning we took small power boat which is fun and quick. This well managed park is worth appreciating for arrangements within park area. Only disappointment is to see the same kind of plants, trees everywhere which remind us that these scenic area are not natural but man made.
Suggest not to visit this place during holiday period and to take walk around this park than taking bus ride from entrance to ferry boarding place.
Plan to visit again during cherry blossom time!
Written May 10, 2018
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Shanghai Region, China105 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
To avoid the heavy traffic,we chose to visit the #1 visited place at Wuxi at night. Different colors of lights made the cherry blossoms more romantic in my eyes. It was also fortunate to see the fireworks at night over the weekend. Pictures said thousands words.
Written May 6, 2018
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Nathan M
Cincinnati, OH15 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
I was in Shanghai for business and travelled to Wuxi for the weekend. A combination of subway and railway got me from Shanghai city center to Wuxi city center. I had the huge benefit of having a local travel with us so there was never a language barrier. Also, he drove my group of four directly to the park so I didn't use a tour guide or join a tour group. That said, there were at least 100 tour buses parked near the main entrance, so that is clearly a popular way to visit; however, to get the most out of the day, I would suggest trying to tour the park at your own pace, and plan for 6 hrs. There are many trails and sites that encompass this park and most tour groups only seem to hit the commercial (ie crowded) areas.

For my visit, we parked outside the entrance and walked 1.6km to the main park trails entrance. From there, we walked up to the top of the hill to the lookout. This was a decently steep climb on man made irregular steps. The trails up to the top were beautiful and very open, just be prepared for irregular surfaces. The views at the too were gorgeous and overlooked much of tai hu lake.

Then we walked to the former residence and now tea House of Wang Hunlun, a rich industrialist of the early and mid 1900s that used his wealth to create and Oasis for himself and to host other wealthy or political colleagues. The main teahousw was built in the mid 1920's and was a soul warming place to stop for a tea as you sit looking at the overlook of the lake.

I visited in mid April and this was the very end of the Cherry Blossums, with only a few trees with flowers still present. Go earlier if you want to see the fulll bloom. Also, I went on Saturday. It felt like two parks. At the tour bus entrance, it was mayhem with the crowds, but there were places to eat and bathrooms. Up on the higher elevation trails, the crowds were sparse and exhibits were open and serene.

I would highly recommend this park. To take in the park as it was intended, and to see the full beauty, try to go it alone, not with a tour.

Written April 15, 2018
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Taipei, Taiwan2,007 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Turtle-Head Park (黿頭渚, also called as Yuantouzhu) is a peninsula located in the northwest shore of the Taihu Lake (太湖) of Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. Yuantouzhu got its name because the peninsula looks like a turtle resting its head into the lake. It is the most popular scenic spot in Taihu Lake. Yuantouzhu Scenic Area is listed as a National 5-A Tourist Attraction. The 500 ha (1,236 acre) area was established in 1916 by the celebrities, officials and rich-men who built private garden and villas. Yuantouzhu Scenic Area just celebrated its anniversary last year. Lake Taihu (太湖, also called Lake Tai) is the third largest freshwater lake in China. The 222,500 Ha (555,987 acre) lake has an average depth of 2 m (6.6 ft) and about 90 islands.

We arrived in the morning around 11 am and purchased the tickets at the ticket booth. We spent some time in the nearby Shuijingyuan (水景苑) taking photos of the few lotus flowers left. We visited in late September, and the peak season of the lotus flowers had just passed. We could also see the Shu Tian Court (舒天閣) on the highest point of the park - Luding Hill (鹿頂) from Chongshan entrance (充山大門). We took the sightseeing tram that brought us to our first stop – the Luding Hill where we climbed up to the top of the Shu Tian Court and enjoyed a panoramic view of the surroundings and the Wuxi city center. The next stop was the main destination - the heart of Turtle-Head Park. The tram dropped us at the gate to the highlight of the park. We followed the path to the lake shore and saw an antique wooden ship that mimics an ancient freight at the dock. We followed the trail and went to a lotus pond where the famous and beautiful Ever-Spring Bridge (長春橋) is located. When we reached the lighthouse area, I could see several antique wooden boats sitting atop the serene waters of Taihu Lake. It made us felt like we traveled back several decades. From here, we saw the tip of peninsula which was the so-called turtle head. For centuries, tourists, poets and painters have visited Yuantouzhu and made it a well known and must see destination when you visit Taihu Lake.

The best and beautiful time to visit Turtle-Head Park is when the cherry trees bloom during March & April. The site has more than 10 attractions, and you should spend a full day here in order to see most of them.
Written November 17, 2017
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Suzhou, China12 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
While all the main areas are relatively nice and picturesque. My friends and I truly found this park to be amazing when you strayed from the main paths of the typical tours and such. Use the main locations on the map as goal points, but we found so many old stone stairways and unused "clear" paths that led to some really amazing views. Favorite part easily had to be the bamboo forest which many people actually miss! It's far to the left of where 90% of the people enter, and is honestly a much better way to start your hike. Really nice day trip would def recommend!
Written May 14, 2016
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Wuxi, China109 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
The queue to get in here was huge and the price is really high for what is essentially just a glorified park, but we went in spring which was the perfect time, as everything was in bloom. I can't imagine it would be anywhere near as lovely during the rest of the year. Still, we took a picnic and managed to find a nice place to sit and enjoy the surroundings. We had to ignore a lot of people staring and pointing, which was a bit more frequent than usual, simply because of the large crowds of people also enjoying the spring weather. Getting a taxi there was no problem, but finding one to take us home was a huge challenge. Worth a look once I'd say, but I'm not likely to return.
Written December 10, 2014
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