Located in the southern part of the Yangtze River delta，Taihu Lake is the third largest fresh water lake in China. With a surface area of about 2 338 square kilometers(about g02 square miles)，Taihu Lake is a famous scenic spot in China and is famed for its lake，its hills and its splendid man-made scenery.
位于长江三角洲南部的太湖是我国第三大淡水湖。湖面面积约为2 338 平方公里(约90}平方英里)。太湖是中国著名的旅游风景区，其盛誉主要来自湖水，山峰以及其美妙无比的人造风景。
Taihu Lake is just like a bright pearl set in the Yangtze River delta. It crosses Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces， where 48 islets of different sizes and 72 peaks and peninsulas along the lake combine to form a panorama of great natural beauty.The best place to view the beautiful Taihu Lake is on the Turtle Head Islet. Turtle Head Islet is an islet stretching into the lake，whose shape is really like the head of a turtle protruding from the water. Taihu Lake and the surrounding magnificence will bewitch your eyes when you climb onto Turfle Head. When the soft breezes blow，waves roll and the hills in the Cistance Ieok like an overlapping landscape painting. The scene is really captivating.
Besides the natural scenery of Taihu Lake .there are many ruins of historic sites，such as the Grand Canal of the Sui Dynasty， theIslets in the lake along with the coastal places in the east，the north and the west，both of which are the cradle,land of the culture of Wuyue(this culture touches on traditions that flow from or refer to Jiangsu，Zhejiang and the southeast part of Anhui Province today )and so on.
Taihu Lake is an abundant source of fish. Traveling there，you can taste the famous delicious food known as“Taihu Lake Three Whites” ,including white shrimp，white bait and white fish. The feast is generally prepared in the boat as one floats on the placid waters of Taihu Lake. It is very well worth a visit.
Turtle Head Islet Park is mainly made of the natural landscape，augmented by man-madeadditions. Flowers and trees can be seen everywhere.Various kinds of architecture arestrategically placed among the trees and shrubs.All conspire to make the park graceful andelegant.
Plum Garden is located five kilometers(3 miles)west of the city of Wuxi. It has long been knownas one of the best places for viewing plum blossoms in Jiangsu. The garden backs onto DragonMountain in the north and faces Taihu Lake in the south. The three elements-mountains，water，and plum blossoms are combined to create picturesque scenery that fullyrepresents the profound culture of Chinese plum blossom.
Liyuan Garden is in southwest Wuxi，and is surrounded on three sides by Wuli lake. It is one ofthe most famous gardens far lake scenery in China. The garden derived its name from thealternative name for the Lake which is“Lihu” Legend has it that 2 400 years ago Grand MasterFanli helped Goujian，the Duke of Yue，eliminate the state of Wu. He then took the wise moveof stepping down and returning to the seclusion of Wuli lak= together with Xishi，a stunningbeauty. Thus，Wuli Lake was renamed Lihu Lake later.
Zhouzhuang，one of the most famous water townships in China，situated in Kunshan City which is only 30 kilometers(18 miles) southeast of Suzhou. It is noted for its profound cultural background，the well preserved ancient residential houses，the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs. In the Spring and Autumn Period , Zhouzhuang was a part of the fief Yaocheng and called Zhenfengli. After being donated to Full Forkune ( Quanfu)Temple by Zhou Digong，a very devout Buddhist，in 1086 during the Northern Song Dynasty，Zhouzhuang got its present name as a memorial of the donor.
In an area of half a square kilometer(124acres)，60 percent of the Zhouzhuang's structares were built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties，which is from 1368 to 1911.
在周庄这片总计有0. 5平方公望( 124英亩)的土地土，百分之六十的建筑都是建十明清时期。周庄镇内小河湖溪纵横交错，窄直的河道上横卧着14座石桥，尽显水乡小镇特有的景色。
Zhouzhuang is surrounded and divided by lakes and rivers，14 stone bridges cross the rivers，showing distinctive views of the water-town. Twin Bridges which comprise Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge are the most famous and is considered the symbol of Zhouzhuang. Built in Wanli era(1573一1619)of the Ming Dynasty，Twin Bridges is in the northeast of the town. Shide Bridge is east-west and has a round arch，while Yongan Bridge is north-south and the bridge arch is square. Crossing the two crisscross rivers and connecting at the middle，Twin Bridges look like a Chinese old style Chinese key. In 198，38 canvases of the notable painter，Chen Yifei，were exhibited in a New York gallery. Memory of Hometown' which depicts Twin Bridges was one of the items on display and has gained the world's attention for Zhouzhuang. The painting was chosen to be the first-day cover of the United Nations' postage stamp in 1985.
Besides these historic sights，the local folklore，traditions and legends of this water township，such as the dragon boat race，the granny tea or the Wansan home-style banquet which are formed from the immemorial civilization and history are also the indispensable elements for an unforgettable tour.
The first person thinking of showing visitors around the town in boats is old granny namedWang Xiaomei at the beginning of the 1990s. She is not a zhouzhuang native. She came fromShandong Province and used to be a fisherman. She was still rowing a boat at the age of 82 in1997(but not now).She said she got the idea of starting tourism in Zhouzhuang out of herpoor lifethen. However，Zhouzhuang's tourism at present has been quickly developed into morethan 60 sight-seeing boats. Among them，old Wang Xiaomei's boat is very distinctive. It is theonly boat on water that uses double oars. Quite a few N stations rented her boat to make filmsand invited her to be the tour guide. Nowadays，water tourism is flourishing in all watertowns，therefore，Wang Xiaomei can be regarded as the initiator of the whole practice.
The quiet and peaceful night view in water townships is special and unique.Owing to thecrisscross rivers and lakes all around， one can get into the town only by crossing those highlyarched bridges. Therefore，there is no motorized vehicles to be seen in the whole town. Someresidents have to push their motorcycles across the bridges to get home with great difficulty.That's why the water township is always extremely quiet at night.
The former Imperial Palace,known to Westerners as the Forbidden City,rectangular in shape and 720 thousand square meters in size,is surrounded by walls ten meters high and a moat 52 meters wide.
The buildings with some nine thousand rooms are more than 560 years old and constitute the largest and most complete existing ensemble of traditional Chinese architecture.
Construction of the palace begins in 1406 during the reign of the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty,Yongle.
It was finally completed in 1420.The Imperial Palace is composed of the outer palace,where the emperors held official audiences,and the inner palace,which served as the living quarters for the imperial family.
This harmonious assemblage of buildings displays the best characteristics of ancient Chinese architecture—majestic style,flawless construction,and fine coordination of the while and the parts.
Now,the Forbidden City,the Palace Museum,is a treasure house of cultural relics,and a place that attracts approximately ten thousand visitors each day with its magnificent architecture and precious collections of cultural and art objects.