Highlighted with a history of more than 4,500 years, Taicang has been an important seaport of great commercial importance, known as “Dock of the Six Kingdoms” since Yuan (13C to 14C) and Ming (14C to 17C) Dynasties. It is the starting point of the famouse navigator of the Ming Dynasty, Zheng He’s voyages to the West. Taicang was also called Loudong in ancient times for its geographic location of being in the east of Loujing River. It is the birthplace of Jiangnan Sizhu and Loudong culture.
Taicang is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Suzhou, in Jiangsu Province. Located along the Yangtze River, northwaest of Shanghai, Taicang is adjacent to Baoshan District and Jiading District of Shanghai in the south, Kunshan City in the west, and Changshu City in the north. It is 50 km distant from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. It takes about 45 minutes by car or 30 min by train.
Built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Nanyuan Garden features pavilions and terraces as well as plum trees and lotus flowers. Named a national 3A scenic spot, Nanyuan Garden is a great place for travel, leisure and vacation.
The 300-mu (20 hectares) Xilu Garden, which was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), was the residence of renowned painter Wang Shimin (1592-1680). The garden is a public park featuring pavilions, bamboo corridors and ecological landscapes.
Named after the famous sailor Zhenghe from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the park is a great place to take in views of the Yangtze River. The Zhenghe Memorial House showcases the history and culture of Zhenghe’s voyage achievements by modern technologies.
Jincang Lake Park
The 5.6-square-kilometer Jincang Lake Park is an ecological park which also serves as a tourism resort, sports and leisure venue, and public green space.