The colourful province of Wuxi in China boasts an impressive history, which is captured in the tale of one of its most iconic founders: Prince Taibo of the Zhou province in northern China. Soak up the cultural trappings of Wuxi when you make your stay at a stylish Wuxi hotel such as the Millennium Wuxi. The serene surrounds, central location and gracious hospitality of this quality hotel in Wuxi will transport you to another era of comfort and elegance. According to the accounts of Chinese historians of yore, the province of Wuxi was founded by two rebel princes hailing from the northernmost region of the country in the Zhou province. The brothers Taibo and Zhongyang established Wuxi as an official settlement in the 11th century BC, and the area has evinced an impressive degree of economic and cultural growth. Known during the time of its establishment as “Wu”, its first capital situated at Meili, now believed to be the Meicun village. The princes spurred the development of Wuxi’s agricultural industry and establishment of the waterways, and soon the area was a flourishing centre of trade and commerce. Prince Taibo died without leaving an heir to assume the throne, and his brother succeeded him as king. King Zhongyang built a magnificent shrine to commemorate his brother, in the form of the Taibo Temple located in Meicun. The original structure was composed of wood, and although it was destroyed during war time, it underwent rebuilding efforts. The tomb displays the opulent elements of Qing architecture, and is graced by a stone slab carved with the timeless wisdom of Confucius. Round off a cultural tour with a visit to Taibo’s tomb, located on Hong Hill, which sees numerous visitors from across the globe who are named “Wu”, who all trace a common link back to the founding brothers.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.