Turtle Head Isle (Yuantouzhu)

Tourist Map of Turtle Head Isle
Tourist Map of Turtle Head Isle
As an old saying goes, to visit Taihu Lake, Turtle Head Isle is the best place to go. It is a small peninsula resembling a turtle head located in the northwest of Taihu Lake in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, hence the name. Famous for its beautiful scenery, especially cherry blossoms, the place attracts lots of tourists every year. Inside the attraction, there are over 10 individual scenic spots, including Cherry Blossom Valley, Taihu Fairy Island sand Chongshan Yinxiu. With local countryside scenery and landscaped gardens in southern Chinese style, Turtle Head Isle is a top attraction you should pay a visit to in Wuxi.

Paradise of Cherry Blossom

Every March and April is the best time to visit Yuantouzhu. During this time, at least 70 types of cherry flowers are in full bloom covering an area of 0.65 sq km (0.25 sq mi).Cherry Blossom Valley and Changchun Bridge are the best places for spectacular views. You can take a walk on the path under the trees, take a boat on Taihu Lake, or climb to the mountain top to have a bird’s-eye view of the pink and white flowers.

Generally, in March and April, the attraction will also be open from 18:00 to21:00 for tourists to enjoy the flowers decorated by lights at night. The night opening time is only for reference, so it is best to check the specific time locally to confirm. Every year from mid March to early May, Yuantouzhu International Cherry Blossom Festival will be held bringing in people from all over the world to enjoy the flowers. If you have the opportunity, take part in the activities to enjoy the grand festival.

Taihu Fairy Islands

This is an island complex consisting of four islets. It is also called Sanshan Island or Turtle Hill because it looks like a turtle lying in the water. On the islands, there are some Taoism and Buddhism palaces and statues. The statue of the Jade Emperor, the God with the highest rank in Taoism, has a height of 18 m (60 ft) and is the most famous attraction on the islands. Hiking the hills on the islands will give you beautiful views of the boats on Taihu Lake while also giving you a sense of the vastness of the lake.   

Chongshan Yinxiu

It is a landscaped garden in southern Chinese style first built by a Wuxi merchant named Chen Zhongyan in 1928. It is also known as the Chen Family Garden. Decades later, the garden was developed and given the name as Chongshan Yinxiu, meaning “elegant scenery hiding behind Chongshan Hill”. The garden is now planted with abundant flowers and divided into four sections, each standing for spring, summer, autumn and winter.

How to Get to Turtle Head Isle

Bus: Bus K1 and K87 are both available to reach Turtle Head Isle. The ticket price is CNY 2 at maximum. The two both stop at Chongshan Gate of the attraction.

Tour Bus: Tour Bus No.1 is available to reach Yuantouzhu. The whole route involves several famous attractions in Wuxi. The ticket has two types: CNY15 for a single day and CNY30 for two days, valid within 24/48 hours starting from the first time used. With the ticket, you can get on and off at any stop with no limit. Each adult is permitted to take one child under1.3 m tall (around 4 ft) free of charge. For the route that Turtle Head Isle is the second stop, the operation time of the bus is 08:00-16:40; for the opposite route, it is 08:30-17:00.

Other Facts

Ticket Price Adult and child over 1.4 m (around 4.5 ft): CNY 90
Child under 1.1 m (around 3.5 ft): Free
Child of 1.1-1.4 m: CNY 45
Opening Hours 08:00-17:00
Best Traveling Time March to May
Suggesting Length of Visit 4-6 hours
1. The fare for the sightseeing bus inside the attraction is included in the ticket price.
2. To travel between Turtle Head Isle and Taihu Fairy Islands, you can take aship or speedboat for sightseeing. Taking a ship for a single journey generally takes 20 minutes and the fare is included in the entrance ticket price, while that for a speedboat generally takes 10 minutes for an additional fare of CNY 30. The wharf of the ship and speedboat are located near each other, only about 50 m (55 yards) away.

Nearby Attractions

Plum Garden: 3 km (2 mi) north to the attraction. It is renowned as one of the best places to view plum flowers in China.
Li Garden: 4 km (2.5 mi) east to the attraction. It is one of the major attractions near Taihu Lake, famous as the private resort of a statesman named Fan Li in ancient China.

Further Reading: Top 10 Things to Do in Wuxi

- Last updated on Apr. 16, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Turtle Head Isle (Yuantouzhu)
Asked by Xinhe | Nov. 16, 2023 22:34Reply
Is there an entrance fee?
Is there an entrance fee to the park, if so is there a ticket office on site or do you have to buy online in advance. If you have to buy online, from where do I buy it?
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Answered by Harry | Nov. 17, 2023 00:16

Yes, it costs CNY 90 for an adult. You can buy a ticket at the spot.
Asked by KC from MALAYSIA | Apr. 14, 2023 04:32Reply
Trip Itinerary to Wuxi in April
My wife and I are planning to visit the Turtle Head Isle and the Grand Buddha at LingShan from Suzhou. We are going for an overnight stay. Appreciate if someone can suggest an itinerary. Thank you.
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Answered by Scott | Apr. 16, 2023 22:41

On day 1, take a high speed train from Suzhou to Wuxi Railway Station, then change to local city bus no.1 to Turtle Head Isle. After, stay overnight in Wuxi.
On day 2, continue to visit Lingshan Giant Buddha. City bus no.88 runs there, also starting from Wuxi Railway Station. After, go back to the railway station and take another train back to Suzhou.
Asked by Tanny Kee from SINGAPORE | Dec. 14, 2019 01:04Reply
How to go turtle head isle from Three Kingdom City?
Hi, i am going to Wuxi for a day from Shanghai and I will be visiting Three Kingdom City first followed by Taihu Lake.

As such, would like to find out if it is nearer to for to Taihu Lake or to go turtle head isle from Three Kingdom City? and what are the modes of transport available.

Thank you.
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Answered by Kenny from SINGAPORE | Dec. 17, 2019 16:40

You can take bus No.82 from Three Kingdom City station to Baojiecun station, and walk west around 150m to Turtle head scenic area.
Asked by JimmyBoy from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 12, 2019 00:25Reply
Are there any restaurants in Turtle head area?
What is the best restaurants to go for lunch?
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Answered by Gary from MALAYSIA | Dec. 15, 2019 17:08

Yes, there are many great restaurants in the scenic area like Hengyun Restaurant, Tianxiang Restaurant.
Asked by Julie from HONG KONG | Apr. 06, 2019 02:51Reply
What is the closest railway station (Wuxi or Wuxi East) to go to Turtle Head Isle?
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Answered by nina from CANADA | Apr. 08, 2019 01:24

Wuxi Railway Station is much closer.

From Wuxi Railway Station, you can find public bus line 1 to reach Turtle Head Isle directly.
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