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Yuantouzhu Island


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Yuantouzhu Island, or Turtle Head Isle, is a popular tourist resort on Taihu Lake. It is located in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, and named after its unique topographic features: a land surrounded by water on three sides, resembling the head of a huge Asian giant soft shell turtle stretching out of the water.

Yuantouzhu Park is located at the most beautiful corner of Taihu Lake. It’s a gift endowed by nature, where people can indulge themselves in the green hills and crystal-clear water. It was rated a 5A-class tourist attraction in 2012.

There you may enjoy the beauty and magnificence of Taihu Lake. There are sakura flowers in full bloom in spring, vast green waves in summer, beautiful fallen leaves in autumn and tree branches covered by frost and snow in winter. The mist-covered Taihu Lake is amazing.

The lake and mountain under the light of the setting sun and the fishermen’s songs at night always create a poetic atmosphere.


Location: Shilifangdi, Binhu district, Wuxi

Tickets: 105 yuan ($15.88)

Opening hours: 8:00 – 17:30; 8:30 – 17:00 (winter)

Public transportation:

No K1: Railway Station-Chongshan Gate of Turtle Head Isle Scenic Area (Front Entrance); 5:30 – 18:20

No K87: Railway Station-Dushan Gate of Turtle Head Isle Scenic Area; 7:20 – 17:00


Yuanzhuchuntao Scenic Area

There are many historic scenic areas around the lake. It is an essential part of the Turtle Head Isle Scenic Area. Photographers love Taihu Lake.

The Secluded Scenery

The island boasts a wonderful natural landscape with trees, flowers and grass. There are many ancient trees. Birds twitter and the fragrance of flowers can be experienced everywhere, especially in Taihu Lake Botanical Garden. The scenery in autumn is especially attractive.

Fairy Island

A sightseeing boat tour at Turtle Head Isle Dock is an ideal way to enjoy the scenery of Taihu Lake. There are 72 peaks around Taihu Lake and the Town of the Three Kingdoms, from which you can enjoy the impressive combined scenery of the mountains and the water on Fairy Island.