This park in the northwestern part of town is dominated by two hills that have become symbols of Wuxi: Xi Shan after which the city was named, and Hui Shan to the west. It's a bit of a climb up to the seven-story octagonal brick-and-wood Longguang Ta (Dragon Light Pagoda) atop Xi Shan, but there are some good views of the Grand Canal snaking through the city. From 8:30am to 5pm you can also ride a chairlift (¥15 one-way, ¥28 round-trip) from the bottom of Xi Shan to the peak on Hui Shan. The ride offers even more commanding views of the surrounding area.

At the foot of Hui Shan is the famous Ming dynasty garden, Jichang Yuan, laid out in classical southern style with walkways, rockeries, ponds, and pavilions. The garden is said to have so captivated the Qianlong emperor on one of his visits south that he commissioned a copy of it to be built in the Yihe Yuan (Summer Palace) in Beijing. Just southwest of the garden is the Second Spring Under Heaven (Tianxia Di'er Quan), three wells containing the putative second-best water source in China for brewing tea, according to Lu Yu's Tang dynasty Cha Jing (Tea Classic). From May to October, nightly traditional music performances are held in the garden.