A river flows through the town with blossoms on both sides of its banks. Its water glitters with a rich tapestry of colors at sunrise and sunset. That is how the town gets its name: jin means rich tapestry and xi means waterway.
A relaxing and peaceful historic town, Jinxi is located southwest of Kunshan, only eight kilometers from the renowned water town Zhouzhuang. A water town itself, Jinxi is bordered by Dianshan Lake to its east, Cheng Lake to its west, Wubao Lake to its south and Fanqing Lake and White Lotus Lake to its north. Secluded and serene, Jinxi is a storehouse for centuries of stories that are reflected in its scenery. The beloved concubine of Emperor Xiaozong of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) was buried at Wubao Lake. An array of old brick plants tells of the town’s past prosperity. The moonlight shines on the lotus flowers floating near the porches of the riverside houses. At dusk, you can hear folk songs sung by fishermen that have been passed down from generation to generation. The charm of the town may be felt wherever you go.
Jinxi Folk Arts Museum
Situated in a historic district that is one square kilometer in area, this unique museum is a perfect place to explore the town’s rich past.
Ancient Brick Museum
Check out ancient bricks such as the golden brick, Dongjak inkstone, the decorative bricks of the Wangyi Palace of the Qin Dynasty (221-207 B.C.) and bricks from the tombs of the Western Han Dynasty (202 B.C.- 8 A.D.).
Zhang Sheng Art Museum
This art museum houses many of the works of renowned artist Zhang Sheng and his teachers. Two of Zhang Sheng’s works, the Songs from Fishing Boats in the Morning and the Emerald Green River in Early Spring have been collected by the former U.S. President Bill Clinton as a gift from the Hong Kong government.
Ma Ruote Mud Art Gallery
Come to enjoy the unique works of art made from ordinary mud with magically skillful hands and a Zen-like mind.
Jinxi Chinese Xuanjuan Art Museum
A private villa called Jinyuan was renovated and turned into an art museum to exhibit the engaging ancient folk art of Buddhist scripture storytelling (Xuanjuan).
Lotus Pond Buddhist Temple
A Buddhist temple facing the north built by Emperor Xiaozong of Song in commemoration of his concubine.
Water Tomb of Concubine Chen
A symbol of the romance between an emperor and his concubine.
A landmark of this historical town known for its emphasis on education, Wenchang Temple draws visitors to pray before their exams in front of a god who controls the destiny of people’s academic careers.
Seek out the ancient bridges of Jinxi: the Redwood Bridge built during the Tang Dynasty (618-917), the Tianshui Bridge and the Ten-eye Bridge built during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) Dynasties, and many others. Marvel at the couplet poetry engraved on the pillars, the ornate carvings and inscriptions of the bridges.
Jiwuchayi Tea House
Slow down and enjoy a cup of tea at this stylish tea house as you watch boats come and go along the Lingtangwan Lake.