Approximately 50 miles west of Shanghai and 110 miles east of Nanjing, Wuxi sits on Lake Taihu, not far from the Yangtze River, and is today dominated by two large industrial parks, which do not distract from the charm of the city center itself. Wuxi contains numerous rivers and a central canal that effectively split the city into quarters. To its northwest, three parks partially surround the mountain of Xi Shan and provide respite from the warm summers (although be warned: Wuxi is in the monsoon rain belt). Many Wuxi event venues are found within these parks as well as such attractions as a 118-meter Ferris wheel.
Wuxi's airport is Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX), which is eight miles to the southeast of the city center. It has service to all the major Chinese cities and major Asian destinations including Hong Kong and Seoul.
The really huge events stay in Shanghai, so convention venues in Wuxi are small. Hotel venues in Wuxi include the 366-room International Hotel Wuxi, which has function space for up to 3,750 persons. Other hotel choices for meeting groups are the 407-room Grand Park Wuxi, which has five meeting rooms and the Grand Ballroom for up to 400 persons; the 400-room Kempinski Wuxi, which has nine meeting rooms, the largest able to host 550 persons; the 342-room Sheraton Wuxi Binhu, which also has nine meeting spaces, the largest measuring 16,146 square feet; and the 362-room Wuxi Jin Jiang Grand Hotel, which has six meeting spaces and banquet space for up to 400 persons.
Among the special event venues in Wuxi are the Wuxi Museum, which chronicles local art and history, is on the south side of the city's main square (Taihu Lake Square), and contains 140,000 square feet of exhibit space; Huishan Clay Figurines Museum, which has three floors of clay sculptures known for their bright colors and gallery space for events as well as an area in which attendees can create their own art; beautiful Wuxi Xu Beihong Art Museum, to the west of the city and dedicated to and showcasing the work of a famed Chinese artist, Xu Beihong; and Folk Blue Printed Cloth Museum, a private museum that has four main spaces, including one where demonstrations of weaving and dying take place. It can also host events. Finally, for a beautiful, natural choice, especially if you are here between December and March (although it's not warm), Wuxi Plum Garden, a botanical garden that has numerous pagodas and can host outdoor events — for which it is pleasant all year. Group should also visit the nearby Great Buddha of Ling Shan, which rises 270 feet into the air.
Fantastic group restaurants in Wuxi include San Feng Qiao Restaurant, which was opened in 1927 and is the city's best option for braised pork ribs with soybean sauce, perhaps Wuxi's most pleasing cuisine invention. And, for a sure-fire bet with no language problems, take your group to the Chinese Restaurant at the 308-room Millennium Hotel, which is set amid Japanese-inspired gardens.