- About Wuxi
In about 5,000 to 6,000 years ago, Furong Lake was the 2nd largest lake beside the Taihu Lake in the Taihu Plain, and it was also called Wuxi Lake and Shegui Lake with an area of about 14,000 hectares, of which 1,003 hectares was the Shegui Lake.
Furong Lake played an important role in the cultivation and utilization of land owning to its vast waters.
In ancient times, Furong Lake was mainly destroyed by building land for growing plants. Up to now, only 30 pieces of land existed. People in Yuqi area always called the Furong Lake a West Lake while people in Qianzhou area called the Yangjia Lake a East Lake. The West Lake and the East Lake were originally one lake.
Although, the Furong Lake was destroyed, some place names were named after it such as Furong Village. Some rivers in Northwest of Wuxi and Beitang Area were open because of the Furong Lake, and the rivers greatly promoted economic development of Wuxi.