3,000-year-old Wuxi is now a hub of industry and commerce, helping to springboard China’s economy into the twenty-first century. It is one of the top ten tourist cities in China due to its networks of rivers and lakes, including Lake Taihu, famous for its freshwater pearls. Beautiful gardens and ancient caves also dot the landscape. Wuxi is humid/damp year-round, though snow is rare. Sports fans can attend baseball, soccer games, or swimming meets at the local arenas. The city is 1.5 hours from Nanjing and 45 minutes from Shanghai by high-speed train.