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Wuxi

or

Wusih

(both: wo͞o-shē), city (1994 est. pop. 863,100), S Jiangsu prov., China, on the Grand Canal and the north bank of TaiTai
, lake, c.1,300 sq mi (3,370 sq km), on the border between Jiangsu prov. and Zhejiang prov., E China; second largest freshwater lake in China. Dotted with islands, it is one of China's most scenic areas and was long a tourist attraction, but sightseeing has diminished due to
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 lake. It is a silk-producing center. Foods (especially grains) are processed, and machine tools, paper products, fertilizer, and motor vehicles are also made. Wuxi has long been famous for its little figurines of opera and drama characters, still being produced today. A small walled city in the early 19th cent., Wuxi rapidly replaced Suzhou as the economic center of the Tai lake basin. It is on a railroad connecting Shanghai with much of N China. The city's name, which is translated as "without tin," refers to the tin mines in the area that were exhausted during the Han dynasty. The name sometimes appears as Wu-hsi.

Wuxi

, Wusih, Wu-hsi
a city in E China, in S Jiangsu province on the Grand Canal: textile industry. Pop.: 1 192 000 (2005 est.)
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