Xishan Island

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Xishan Island (Chinese: 西山岛) is a part of Suzhou (苏州)[1] It's the largest island in Lake Tai[2] covering an area of 79.8 square kilometers. There are 72 mountains in Taihu County, with 41 of them located in Xishan Island. The highest mountain, Piaomiao Mountain (缥缈峰),[3] is 336.6 meters high and also belongs to Xishan Island.

The official name of Xishan Island derived from Xishan Town (西山镇)[4] but on June 28, 2007, it was changed to Jinting Town (金庭镇).

To develop a local tourism industry, Xishan Scenic Zone (西山风景区)[5] was founded. There are lots of natural landscapes in Xishan Island, including Shigongshan (石公山),[6] Linwudong (林屋洞),[7] Mingyuewan (明月湾),[8] Baoshansi (包山寺),[9] Xiangxuehai (香雪海),[10] and so on.

Apart from these tourist attractions, Xishan Island is also well known for producing a variety of fruits. Visitors to Xishan Island can enjoy seasonal fruits such as plums, waxberries. oranges, loquats, peaches and so on.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Wuxi Taihu Lake, Jiangsu". Travelchinaguide.com. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  3. ^ "苏州西山缥缈峰景区 苏州缥缈峰 太湖缥缈峰 太湖第一峰". Xsly.org. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  4. ^ "Xishanzhen Map | China Google Satellite Maps". Maplandia.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  5. ^ "江苏苏州西山风景区旅游,西山风景区图片和概况介绍". Izy.cn. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  6. ^ http://www.lvping.com/userattractionreview-d11-s17329-r857576-rd-detail.html
  7. ^ "西山林屋洞官网 | 林屋洞官网 | 西山林屋洞景区官网 | 西山林屋洞官网 |". Linwudong.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  8. ^ "苏州西山明月湾景区". Xsnjl.org. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  9. ^ "苏州西山包山禅寺". Njcct.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  10. ^ "太湖西山香雪海". Niwota.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19.