Bodu River Park is located in Xinwu district, Wuxi. [Photo/WeChat account: xinwu_wx]
A total of three scenic areas located in Wuxi National Hi-tech District were included in the "100 iconic scenic areas along the Grand Canal" list that Jiangsu province released recently.
They included Hongshan Archaeological Site Museum, Bodu River Park, and Lianghong National Wetland Park.
Wuxi's history with waterways dates back to 3,000 years ago when Taibo, the eldest son of King Tai of Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-256 BC), dug the first artificial canal in Chinese history, the Bodu River.
Measuring 24.1 kilometers in length, the Bodu River has a history of 3,200 years, in which its fate and the history of Wu culture are closely intertwined.
The Bodu River was built over 3,000 years ago when leaders of the Wu Kingdom taught farming techniques to local residents, as well as dug watercourses for irrigation and transportation. The river is still the main vehicle for water transportation in eastern Wuxi.
The 3,200-square-meter fountain at Bodu River Park in Xinwu district connects the cultural, landscape, and industrial resources along the river in an ecological manner. It has recently drawn huge crowds at night to watch its dazzling synchronized water and light shows, which are accompanied by dynamic music.
An aerial view of Lianghong National Wetland Park. [Photo/WeChat account: xinwu_wx]
Hongshan Archaeological Site Museum is the only national archaeological park in Jiangsu province. It houses a collection of relics unearthed from the Hongshan Tomb Complex that demonstrate the celadon techniques used during those periods.
Lianghong National Wetland Park integrates natural wetlands with rustic charm, attractive water culture, and pristine pastoral scenery. Visitors are able to feel relaxed while enjoying an abundance of rivers, lakes, and lush green vegetation, with boats gently swaying on the water and birds flying above.