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There are more than 3100 rivers with a total length of 2480 kilometers. The total length of rivers in urban areas is 150 kilometers with capacity of 8 million cubic meters. Taihu Lake is the center of the water network with an area of 2338.1 square kilometers and the average annual throughput is approximately 52 billion cubic meters. Wuxi is abundant in water resources and supply. According to incomplete information of estimation, the urban reservation is 63.49 million cubic meters with the annual supply capacity of 64.53 million cubic meters.
Wuxi has rich mineral resources which are mainly clay ore, limestone, marble and other non-metallic minerals. There are 11 mineral water wells that passed technical appraisal and among which, five have been developed.
In addition to cultivated plants, Wuxi has abundant local plant resources as well as foreign naturalization plants, which include 141 subjects, 497 genus, 950 species, and 75 varieties. The main categories are bamboo, pine, fir, timber, sassafras, camphor, etc. More than 400 kinds of plants are of medicinal use. Furthermore, there are more than 170 kinds of birds and 90 species of fish. Wuxi is famous for the Three Taihu Whites (silver fish, white fish and white shrimps) and Taihu Dazha crabs. All these combine to make Wuxi a city known in China as the "land of rice and fish in areas south of the Yangtze River" and the "bright pearl shining over Taihu Lake". Moreover, there are more than 30 species of animals, which include the South China rabbit, pangolin, leopard cat, yellow weasel etc.
Wuxi Sunan International Airport has introduced 7 airlines, including Shenzhen Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China United Airlines, Air China, Sichuan Airlines and Shenzhen Donghai Airlines, and opened 13 domestic and international lines as well as regional routes, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Macao, and Osaka. It has over 60 flights per day averagely, and average seat kilometer utilization surpasses 70%. Besides, the airport also introduces cargo aircrafts to operate freight transport business.
Shanghai-Nanjing High-Speed Railway
Shanghai-Nanjing High-Speed Railway, an internal railway connects Shanghai and Nanjing, runs through Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Zhenjiang and Nanjing. The railway is about 300 km long, with 31 stations; and the fastest speed can reach 350 km/h. the fastest Shanghai-Nanjing direct train only takes 73 minutes, and 55 minutes from Wuxi to Nanjing, 34 minutes from Wuxi to Shanghai.
Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway
With a total length about 1,318 kilometers, this Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway which can be called Jinghu High-Speed Railway is a tie connected two major economic zones in the People's Republic of China: the Bohai Sea Rim and the Yangtze River Delta.
Within the territory of Wuxi, the total distance of highways is 7,637.58 kilometers, and the density of classified highways is 165.07 kilometers per 100 square kilometers. Among them, the distance of expressways is 273.88 kilometers, first-class highways 824.28 kilometers, second-class highways 1,677.96 kilometers, third-class highways 1,644.51 kilometers and forth-class highways 3,216.96 kilometers. 228 million passenger volumes of commercial highways (excluding public transportation) is completed; the volume of passenger transportation reaches 10.433 billion passenger kilometers; and 153 million ton highway freight volume and 14.518 billion ton kilometer tonnage mileage are realized.
In Wuxi, the total distance of channels is 1,577.97 kilometers, and the mileage of classified channels is 476.89 kilometers. Among them, the distance of third-class channels is 39.44 kilometers, forth-class 49.97 kilometers, fifth-class 148.12 kilometers, sixth-class 100.27 kilometers, seventh-class 139.09 kilometers and substandard 1,101.08 kilometers. The density of channels is 36 kilometers per 100 square kilometers, and that of classified channels is 7.5 kilometers per 100 square kilometers, ranking in the forefront in Jiangsu. The waterway freight volume reaches 13 million tons, and tonnage mileage is 5.238 billion ton kilometers.