The Binhu district covers 592.7 square kilometers and has a population of 462,500. It lies next to Taihu Lake and has a lovely landscape and many cultural traditions. It has a thriving economy and is one of eight typical developmental counties in the province.
Binhu is considered the cradle of Wu culture as well as modern industry and commerce, as well as various other cultures, such as Buddhism and its screens.
It is also a wonderful tourist area, with such attractions as the Lingshan Scenic Region, Yuantou Isle, the beauty of Taihu Lake, the Plum Garden with fragrant flowers that resemble a field of snow, Lihu Lake where the beauty Xishi went boating, and CCTV's Film and TV Base, including Tang (Dynasty) Town, Three Kingdoms Town and Water Margin Town.
Binhu is also the dominant part of Wuxi and, in recent years, has been at the center of transformation, science and technology, ecological development, urban-rural integration, and urban modernization.
It pushes the development of science and technology, talent, industry, culture, the ecology and livelihoods and has developed a modern system of emerging industries, advanced manufacturing, and service industries.
It contains the Wuxi (Mashan) National Life Science Park, Wuxi (National) Industrial Design Park, Wuxi Taihu New City Science and Education Industrial Park (K-PARK), Wuxi (Binhu) National sensor Information Center and Lihu Science and Technology Park, and was the first district to integrate urban and rural social security and assured retirement, which made it an entrepreneurial paradise, ecological garden site and harmonious place to live.
In the field of tourism, it has three national AAAAA tourist attractions, four national AAAA tourist attractions, and seven national agricultural tourism sites, along with the Lingshan Scenic Region (the famous Lingshan Buddha and Brahma Palace), and the CCTV Film and TV Base used for the TV series - the Romances of Three Kingdoms and the Water Margin, as well as Lihu Lake, East China's largest scenic spot, Ri-Star Hot Springs Resort, the Ferris Wheel on Water, and the old town of Rongxiang.
As a birthplace of modern industry and commerce, it was home to many tycoons and heads of commercial enterprises, such as Rong Desheng, Rong Zongjin and Rong Yiren; the king of coal and iron, Zhou Shunqin; the kings of flour, brothers Wang Yaochen and Wang Yuqin, and the king of telecommunications Rong Yuequan.
It currently has at least 180 businesses in tourism: 17 hotels that can accommodate foreigners and are star grade, with three of them 5-star and six 4-star; 23 travel agencies, one of them 5-star and two 4-star; seven national agricultural tourism demonstration sites and 17 municipal star-grade agri-tourism sites, two of them 5-star. All of this demonstrates the rich resources, thriving tourism, and the favorable environment of Binhu.