|Xihui Park (Xihui Gong Yuan)|
Xihui Park is located just outside the downtown area of Wuxi between Xi Shan and Hui Shan hills. In 1958 these hill were linked by a man made lake with Tin Hill (Xishan) becoming Xihui Park.
Famous for this artificial lake, the park has numerous paved paths, caves and the seven story Dragon Light Pagoda. The Dragon Light Pagoda was first built during the Ming Dynasty but burned down during the Qing Dynasty. The current Pagoda is a brick and wood reconstruction. Climbing up to the Pagoda offers one of the best views of Wuxi on a clear day.
The only better view is atop Huishan Hill. This is Wuxi’s highest point. Once on top you can explore a number of paths all of which follow the crest of the hill. Sometimes called the Nine Dragons or Jiulongshan because the nine hilltops look like dancing dragons. According to legend, nine sons of the Dragon King fell asleep after playing ball and turned into the nine peaks of Huishan.
The park has many interesting things to see and do. Located within the park there is a zoo, a childrens play area and a number of famous springs. A hike up the mountain takes about 45 minutes of moderate to stressful uphill walking. You can spend a couple of hours at the top exploring. There is an old unrestored temple worth visiting, but bring a good pair of boots or runners, and be prepared to share hike with a lot of Chinese tourists. If want to take the easy way up you can ride up in a chair lift.