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Taihu Lake

Lake Tai is a large lake in the Yangtze Delta plain, across Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. With an area of 2,250 km² and an average depth of 2 metres, it is the third largest freshwater lake in China, after the Poyang and Dongting Lakes. The lake houses about 48 islands, ranging in size from a few square meters to several square miles and 72 peaks and peninsulas along the lake. Lake Taihu is a popular scenic spots and famed for its lake, hills and man-made scenery.

The best place to view the beauty in Taihu Lake scenic area is on the Tortoise Head Islet (Yuan Tou Zhu) in Wuxi City. Tortoise Head Islet is the largest islet in Lake Taihu. The Islet extends into the lake, whose shape is really like the head of a turtle protruding from the water. The area is basically a huge park, covering the northwestern end of the peninsula in the lake. Neat paths lead up to a tea house, pavilion and pagoda giving views of tree-clad islands, winding inlets, fishing boats under sail and - if you are lucky enough to catch a sunny day - blue waters.