The Taihu Lake is a famous tourist attraction in China. Located in the northwest shore of the Taihu Lake, the Turtle-Head Peninsula gets its name for its huge rocks extending into the lake, looking like a turtle raising its head. It is endowed by nature with green hills and clear water. Tourists call it the best part on the Taihu Lake and the best place to enjoy the natural beauty of the Taihu Lake. Mr. Guo Moruo, a well-known poet wrote a poem in praise: The superb view of the Taihu Lake, after all, lies in the Turtle-Head Peninsula.
The Turtle-Head Peninsula Park was first built in 1918 and at present it covers an area of 500 hectares. There are plenty of attractions here, such as the Chongshan Hill, the Turtle-Head Spot, Hengyun Villa, Taihu Fairy Islands, Jiangnan Orchid Garden and Sino-Japanese Friendship Oriental Cherry Plantation.
Taihu Fairy Islands, which used to be called Sanshan Islands or Turtle Islands, are a group of famous islands in the Taihu Lake Scenic Spot. They consist of Islands Daji, Xiaoji, Dongya and Xiya with a total area of 12 hectares. Sanshan Islands look like a divine turtle lying quietly on the water gracefully and elegantly. There are green trees, buildings and pavilions on the islands. Sanshan Taoist Temple built in the era of Taibo, Emperor of the Wu Kingdom around 3,000 years ago, is the only Taoist temple built on an island in China, specially displaying how Chinese traditional Taoist culture turns the island into a wonderland.
The Turtle-Head Peninsula Scenic Spot is richly endowed by nature and thus an ideal place for natural enjoyment, vacation and leisure. The Turtle-Head Peninsula Resort at the Zhongdu Hill, surrounded by water with green trees and beautiful scenery, was listed one of the first sanatoriums as early as in the 1950's by the State Council. After recent years‿renovation, updating and improvement, it is now a good place for vacation, health care and business travel with new and professional the physical examination center, sub-health consulting center and conference center.
The waterfront restaurants, boat feast of lake foods, night cruise on the Taihu Lake, local speciality shops, recreational facilities in the scenic spot meet the various needs of dining, shopping, entertaining and health care. The sightseeing train, high-speed luxury yacht and seven-sail fishing boat of the ancient style give you great enjoyment while touring the hills, water and gardens.