A total of 12 cultural tourism products in Wuxi were included in the "100 iconic cultural tourism products along the Grand Canal" list that Jiangsu province released recently.
The 100 cultural tourism products cover tourist attractions, neighborhoods, museums and cultural venues, tourist villages, as well as travel routes in canal cities of Jiangsu province.
The 12 Wuxi listed items include the Qingming Bridge Historical Culture Block, Donglin Academy, Nanchan Temple Scenic Area, Hongshan Archaeological Site Museum, Bodu River Park, Lianghong National Wetland Park, the travel route along the Grand Canal in Wuxi, the morning tea of Huishan Ancient Town, the "Joy at Night Liangxi" night fair, Yixing Shushan Ancient Street, Grand Canal Bund, as well as Yixing Baita village.
The Grand Canal, which stretches from Beijing to Hangzhou, is the most important river in Jiangsu province. The 690-kilometer Jiangsu section of the Grand Canal flows through eight cities, including Xuzhou, Suqian, Huai'an, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Changzhou, Wuxi, and Suzhou.
Built 1,400 years ago, the Grand Canal is a major water transportation route that passes directly through Wuxi. The Wuxi section of the canal is 40.6 kilometers long and connects with the 3,000-year-old Bodu River under the Qingming Bridge.
Over the course of many years, the 1.6-km-long section of the canal in the Qingming Bridge Historical Culture Block gradually became one of the city's most popular tourist destinations due to its unique cultural and architectural heritage.