we approach the Memorial Arch at the San Shan Islands (Fairy Island)
the entrance to Yuantouzhu (Turtle Head Island)
one of the nice bridges
the green pavilion reflects in the unwrinkled waters
you have to climb many stairs to get face to face to the emperor
the emperor is huge and the doors are small so he cannot escape
the 38 meters high Lingxiao Palace houses the Jade Emperor
in 1997 impressive monkeys roam the Sanshan islands
they also have a reclining Buddha
is one of China's largest freshwater lakes. The shallow lake feeds the Hangpu River
and its tribuary Suzhou Creek
and connects in Suzhou to the famous Grand Canal
Taihu is heavely polluted. Despite being the prime water source for
millions, local industries and governments are slow to realy tackle the problem.
The lake area west of Wuxi features
some popular scenic spots that are well worth a visit.
is a lakesite traditional Chinese garden that sports pavilions, rockeries,
dykes, long corridors and bridges.
, or Turtle Head, is a peninsula known for its natural beauty since ancient times.
In spring the cherry trees blossem.
On the Sanshan
or Fairy Islands there are a couple of Taoist buildings including a jade
emperor in his 38 m high palace.
We first visited here on a cold winterday in 1997 and returned in May 2003.
Fairy Islands, Turtle Head and Li Yuan are located around lake Taihu west of Wuxi
the gardens of Li Yuan on a cold winterday in 1997
the sitting Buddha at Yuantouzhu
traditional ships at the Turtle Head docks
one of the Taoist pavilions along the lake
in 1997 we walk the corridor connecting two of the Sanshan islands