Huishan old town
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Huishan ancient town, restored historical area
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Abacae
Minato-ku, Tokyo87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
Huishan Old Town is a tourist area designed to give visitors a sense of life and settings of the late Ming Dynasty (a goal only partially achieved). The old town is currently growing having been developed by the Wuxi government in the area surrounding two minor temples (FanWen Zheng and Luxuangong) located near the better known Huishan Park which the old town abuts.

Most tourists are Chinese from other parts of China and the old town is only crowded on holidays. If you are lucky enough to visit during the week you may have the town largely to yourself. It is very easy to access by taxi from anywhere in Wuxi and has ample underground parking and bus service.
Written 4 May 2015
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Afzal Ahmad
Tashkent, Uzbekistan56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2017 • Family
Its an amazing place to visit. Such an old palace equipped with such a mysterious garden superb superb and superb!!!
You can feel how the emperor loves his gardening passion and decorate his palace with nature.
Worth visiting place....
Written 19 June 2017
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Marathon, FL77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
Huishan Old Town is very close to Wuxi, you can get there via bullet train from Shanghai (takes 45 minutes). This is a beautiful little spot, not to be missed if you’re in the area. There are pretty lotus ponds, and gorgeous architecture surrounded by lush gardens. Huishan Old Town is a great place to buy souvenirs, and you will encounter artists and musicians. There are hidden gems everywhere...little nooks and crannies with sculptures and gardens. You will see that it is a very family friendly place, very relaxing to just stroll along the ponds and people watch. There are activities for children, paddle boats and such. It felt like a place where the locals come to meet, play cards and exercise.
Written 27 September 2018
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Flore N
Dieppe, France237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Family
A lovely and well set up garden and old town area. We started through the gardens, walking up the hill to the temple, amongst the trees. You walk up a paved way with occasional stairs. It's uphill but easy. Then we went down and walked through the gardens to the bottom the other hill where we took the cable car to the top. This is a must! Great views of the gardens and of the whole city.
And then we took a walk through that small streets along the canal. Some shops there for tourists, some food shops. A really lovely time.my 10yr old daughter loved it!
Written 20 August 2018
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mstraveling2018
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
This is a stunning ancient water town in Wuxi. Its close to the Wuxi city so easiest way to get there is by taxi.

They are currently doing a lot of work and restoration on different buildings - but there is still plenty of uninterrupted beauty to see. The entry fee is a bit confusing it was about 70 Yuan, but is currently under review. After you pay you entry there is also an additional entry fee into many of the small gardens etc. Usually around 10 yuan - I would recommend just paying this (its only a couple of dollars each time) and some of the most beautiful gardens and inner courtyards exist inside. Pick up a map at the entry - there is so much to see - and it will take you a day to get the most out of it. There are lots of artisans and curios for sale along the main street and river seats, places to eat, street food and temples. To get the most out of it it takes all day.

For those interested there is also the pottery museum on site - I enjoyed this - lots to see but might be a bit boring unless you have an interest in arts.

My most recent visit to this ancient town was just after the recent snow - wow - even more beautiful.
Written 7 February 2018
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Gary D
Austin, TX172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2017 • Business
Visiting Huishan Old Town is like walking through a history book! The ancient city is one of China's most revered sites, and gives Wuxi a privileged history of more than 3000 years. The garden there is exquisite and you can find food, souvenirs and conversation everywhere inside this Wuxi must-see! We had a fantastic time here!
Written 11 June 2017
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Hiroshi_Kai
Norwich, UK29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
Although all of the buildings here are recreations of old traditional Chinese buildings, it's a good place to walk around with the camera, especially in Spring and Summer when the flowers are in full bloom. It often gets crowded and noisy which means the restaurants are full and rubbish litters the place, but that's normal wherever large crowds congregate. Lots of shops selling local handicrafts for souvenirs.
Written 14 February 2017
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LudovicRoux
Arcueil, France49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2014 • Couples
This old town is very nice and you will find everything a tourist need there. Unfortunately we found it too empty, too much renovated, and not real at hall. More loke a ghost city to visit during crowed day. Anyway, it is very nice for its architecture its doors and small lakes but something which gives an soul to this place was missing.
Written 13 July 2014
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,545 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
This is probably the best place in town to get an idea of what Wuxi looked like before it became another one of Eastern China's industrial dormitory towns. Huishan features about one square kilometre of 19th century Chinese merchant's houses, attractively set at the base of some scenic hills.

You will see some lovely traditional buildings with stone guardians, carved rafters, beautiful stonework and elaborately carved wooden fronts. They are set along well-preserved stone canals, crossed by ornamental bridges. You can visit a few of the houses, temples and gardens for a fairly nominal charge, usually 10 to 20 yuan.

The town is now just a museum piece filled with traditional food and drink vendors.You can enjoy a cup of herbal tea or a bowl of noodle soup. It is no longer a living old town, which makes it feel a little contrived, but the buildings themselves are authentic and worth a look if you are in town. Allow a lazy couple of hours just to wander.
Written 22 March 2014
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adng1129
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Beautiful little old town with some really great architectures. Takes you back in time and showcases some of the beautiful houses and gardens constructed during the Ming and Ching period. Go in the morning and enjoy a nice cup of hot tea by the canal with the locals.
Written 24 December 2019
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