Chinese fishing boats sailing in Wuxi, Taihu Lake 04 Jan 2017
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Tai Hu, China’s third-largest lake, covers 2,420 sq km – although it is just 2.5 metres deep, on average – and is peppered with 48 islands. The romantic landscape in green and blue, veiled with fine mist, has made this lake the subject of many poems. Not surprisingly, residents have a more pragmatic view: it provides them with fish, shrimp and hairy crabs, and they breed ducks and geese, as well as grow lotus and water chestnuts on it.
Tour the lake without the accompanying crowds in tow on a trip with Insight Guides: any of our suggested itineraries to China can include a detour to Wuxi, and we’d recommend you do.