Discover the wonders of Wuxi, Nanjing

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By Pessy Lee

The Chinese Government strives to foster a Culture-Business-Tourism development model that cultivates various areas’ cultural and business-centered highlights. Three tourism routes allow you to explore the zone’s beauty on the ancient canal and street are available to tourists, which according to data provided by the local governments, already total more than 50,000 visitors per day. Here are some tourism hot spots for you to visit during your next visit: CRRC Nanjing, the Community Center, Nanjing Park, the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi and the Qingmingqiao Historical Culture Zone.

Day 1 | CRRC Nanjing

Let’s start our visit with CRRC Nanjing (中車南京). The company was established by the UK and Germany in 1908. After 110 years of development, CRRC Nanjingis now making head ways into the railways industry with a new factory that produces railway equipment, including parts for metro systems, high-speed rails, intercity railway trains. Today, the company, which posted revenue totaling 10 billion RMB in 2014,boasts 7,000 employees’ and 1. 000 engineers. CRRC Nanjing and exports a wide-range of products to India, Iran and several Southern East countries.

Asked about the challenges and opportunities facing the company, the company stresses how global competitiveness has increased stakes on the international markets, especially in the field of international standards. At the same time, CRRC Nanjing is keen in helping customers overcome trade barriers and cultural differences while offering high-quality products at a very attractive price.

The CRRC Nanjing

Day 1 | The Community Center

The Community Center is another highlight to visit besides the beautiful purple gold mountain. The center, which features 12 schools, 34 shops and residences for the 230,000 people living in the area, is famous for the rapid development of Internet of Things (IoT) applications, including vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity.

Day 1 | Nanjing Park

On your first day in Wuxi, we also recommend you stopping by Nanjing Park for a quick take on Chinese history. For sure, some people might say that Nanjing will always carry a bit of sadness, but a romantic stroll across the ancient capital also exudes a gentle and refined atmosphere. Zhongshan Scenic Area, in particular, is representative of the strong personality of the modern metropolis with ancient roots, such as Ming Xiaoling and Linggu Temples and more than 200 historical highlights.

Towering in the eastern suburb of Nanjing, Purple Mountain (Zhongshan Mountain National Park) is equally rich in historical and cultural relics. The mountain, which has been known as one of the four most famous mountains in Southern China, got its name because purple clouds can often be seen at the top of the mountain. The Purple Mountain boasts four core scenic areas, including the Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum Scenic Area on the southern slope, the Xiaoling Mausoleum of Ming Dynasty Scenic Area to the west of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum and the Linggu Temple Scenic Area to the east, and the Toutuo Ridge Scenic Area on the mountain top.

Day 2 | National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi

On your second day to Nanjing, let’s discover how china has been developing its supercomputing infrastructures to make great use of its big data and help anticipate climate, economic and social changes.The National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi houses the Sunway Taihu Light supercomputer, the most powerful supercomputer in the world as of June 2016.

The National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi houses the Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer

Day 2| Internet of Things

Without a doubt,China dominated the globe’s highest performance machines list with 202 out of the top 500 greatest supercomputers in the world. To further build on such strengths, Chinese authorities are pushing for the development of new applications for the Internet of Things. In this regard, the annual Wuxi World Expo aims to further push for “sharingism.” As an exhibition official puts it, “the Internet of things is not only a combination of business, but also a sharing platform that let others become strong, and you stronger.”

Embracing the future of technology, rather than fear the technological change is at the core of government policies in Nanjing. “IoT is a chance to enrich your life by combining individual experiences into one,” explains the official. The popular trade show is completely free charge in order to enhance experience sharing. And it works! During the last expo, exhibitors featured a wide range of robots tailored to various users. Among other highlights, the “robot hand” delivered an incredibly real and soft user experience aimed at assisting people with disabilities. Other products featured unmanned, unmanned aerial vehicles, life clothing, medical facilities, VR, AR, artificial intelligence, and more by leading companies from around the globe.

2017 Wuxi World Expo

Day 2| Qingmingqiao Historical Culture Zone

Last but not least, the Qingmingqiao Historical Culture Zone is a historical site in Wuxi that includes temples, bridges, pagodas and traditional streets along an elegant river. The zone is one of the most well-preserved culture protection zone in Wuxi in an area that covers almost 19 hectares. The Wuxi government has invested nearly 7 billion RMB in upgrading the zone over the past few years. It has been recognized as a China Famous Historical and Culture Street Zone, a China Famous Business Street, a national 4A tourist site and a China Creativity Best Zone. The zone, a part of the Grand Canal, was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2014.