Friendship city wuxi – Peoples Republic of China
Wuxi lies on the southern border of Jiangsu Province, about 128 kilometers (79.5 miles) northwest of Shanghai. Covering an area of 4,785 square kilometers (1847.5 square miles), it borders Suzhou to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south and Changzhou to the west. There are six districts and two county-level cities (Jiangyin and Yixing) under its prefecture with a total population of 4.578 million.
Wuxi is a city richly endowed by nature. Owing to its pleasantly warm and moist climate, it boasts a reputation of the 'Land of Fish and Rice'. Relying on the near-by Yangtze River and ancient Grand Canal, it had been a port city with the busiest rice and cloth market in China before 19th century. In modern times, with its rapidly developing industry, Wuxi became one of China's top 50 cities with broad strength and is thus called the 'Little Shanghai' for its prosperous economy.
With a splendid history of over three thousands years, Wuxi claims to be 'the Pearl of Tai Lake'. Early in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC), it had been the economic and politic center south of Yangtze River.