Photographs from Wuxi, Chattanooga’s Sister City in China

May 16 – June 13, 2010

Photographs from Wuxi celebrates the beauty of the culture and land of Chattanooga’s Sister City in China. The exhibit includes 80 photographs done by photographers in Wuxi and will be shown simultaneously at the Hunter Museum and at City Hall. In September 2009, the Wuxi Museum hosted an exhibit of Chattanooga photographers’ view of their town.

Image above: Li Garden in Spring, Shen, Shenghua

In 1982, Chattanooga Mayor Pat Rose signed the City Sister agreement with Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. Over the intervening 27 years, Chattanooga and Wuxi have had many exchanges in business, culture and education.

Located some 80 miles west of Shanghai in the fertile Yangzi river delta, Wuxi is known as one of the richest cities in China. Like the rest of the country, Wuxi has undergone a rapid transformation over the past three decades. Wuxi is home of one of the world’s largest solar panel manufacturers, Suntech. The city is often referred to as “Little Shanghai” and is famous for its ancient gardens, silk, pearls, clay figurines and teapots.

This exhibition is a joint venture of the Chattanooga Sister Cities Association, The City of Chattanooga, the Photographic Society of Chattanooga, Allied Arts, and the Hunter Museum.

Image above: Shen, Shenghua,  Li Garden in Spring

Li Garden is named after Li Lake, which honors Fan Li, the prime minister of Yue State around (770BC -476BC). Li Garden borders water on three sides with views of rolling green hills in the distance. It is divided into three sections: the middle section with manmade hills of varying shape and size, the west section with Four Seasons Pavilion and the east section full of decorated covered walkways. The Four Seasons Pavilion in the west section is actually four pavilions, one for each season.


Shen, Shenghua, Li Garden in Spring