Tianmu Lake is 8 kilometers away from the south of Liyang, Changzhou City, which is named “Tianmu Lake” because that it belongs to the remaining veins of Tianmu Mountain. It is a deep lake (reservoir), narrow frome east to west and long from south to north. Its depth is about 4～5 m in the south and about 10～14m in the north.
Tianmu Lake tourist resort was developed and constructed in April 1992. It was approved as a provincial tourist resort by Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government in July 1994. In January 2001, it was rated as the first batch of AAAA tourist areas by the National Tourism Administration. The resort is located in Liyang City, a famous historical city in the south of the Yangtze River at the junction of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces, only 8 kilometers away from the urban area. Tianmu Lake tourist resort is located in the center of the Yangtze River Delta, with Taihu Lake in the East, Changzhou city in the north, Nanjing city in the West and Tianmu Mountain in the south. It is about 80-230 kilometers away from Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou or other large and medium-sized cities. Among them, it is about 200 km away from Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao Airport, 100 km from Nanjing Lukou International Airport, 80 km from Changzhou airport, 200 km from Hangzhou and 158 km from Suzhou. Shanghai-Nanjing Expressway, Nanjing-Hangzhou Expressway, Wuxi-Yixing Expressway and Yangzhou-Liyang expressway are all directly connected to Tianmu Lake tourist resort. And the convenient transportation facilities bring infinite opportunities to the tourism development of Tianmu Lake.
Tianmu Lake tourist resort is rich in tourism resources. Presently, it has two AAAA core scenic spots: Tianmu Lake Landscape Garden and Tianmu Lake Nanshan Bamboo Sea. The area has higher environmental quality, surrounded by low and undulating hills and mountains and covered by primitive and artificial vegetation. The vegetation coverage rate is more than 85%. It has 164 kinds of animals and more than 200 kinds of plants. It is also known as its ten thousand mu of Bamboo Sea and thousand mu of tea garden. Green mountains, beautiful water, fragrant tea, fresh fish and good air constitute the elegant artistic conception of Tianmu Lake Tourist Resort, which not only makes it become a paradise for animals and plants to live and multiply, but also gives tourists a wonderful feeling of “green fairyland” and “returning to nature”.
The three great features are fragrant tea, sweet water and fresh fish head, in which the essence of Tianmu Lake exits. The tea gardens around the lake area are full of tea fragrance. The refined “Shahe Guiming” and “Nanshan Shoumei” have become the national, provincial and municipal famous teas. It has been awarded the only pollution-free green tea in the 99th World Expo and enjoys the right of permanent naming. Its lake water maintains the purity and mineral composition of natural mountain spring, which has been determined by environmental protection department of Jiangsu Province and has reached the national class-II drinking water source standard. In the lake, there are rich fishes, and especially the big gray silver carp is the raw material for a dish of special flavor of “Fish head in casserole “. “Fish head in casserole” is unique in Tianmu Lake, which constitutes the unique food culture of Tianmu Lake, and many national leaders, diplomatic envoys and wives of 72 countries have tasted this soup and praised it endlessly. So, it is known as the fish head for the state banquet.
In the area of more than 300 square kilometers, it is divided into six functional areas: tourist center, vacation and leisure area, forest park area, agricultural historical and cultural area, environmental protection area and lake entertainment area. The scenic spot mainly includes the landscape garden with the theme of “landscape feeling and loving the landscape”, in order to display Taigong mountain, which reflects the historical story of Jiang Ziya’s assisting King Wu of Zhou dynasty to prosper King Zhou and conquer Shang dynasty, and return back to the nature and enjoy the farm life. The scenic spots are mainly the Hulishan Park, which reflects the beauty and elegance of Jiangnan garden, the Zhuangyuan Pavilion with the ancient style which is the only one publicizing the Zhuangyuan culture, the marine world of colorful sea creatures displaying colorful sea creatures, rural pastoral island where local folk customs are experienced,
Hydrangea Island where tea is tasted and elegant tea culture is tasted, Baoen temple which is derived from the Buddhist concept of four repaying gratitude, Dezi Pavilion which is well-known for its “You Zi Yin”, an international advanced dynamic entertainment center, a shooting City stimulated by real bullets To experience, Nanshan bamboo sea with winding paths, and Baihua square integrating tourism reception center, self-driving tour distribution center and information consulting center, etc..