Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province in China, and it stands proud, packed with tonnes of history and sights. Wuhan is also one of the birthplaces of the brilliant ancient Chu Culture in China. Today the city is a major transportation hub and boasts numerous internationally renowned and iconic attractions, lakes, gardens, temples, museums, outdoor activities, adventure sports, shopping opportunities and a vibrant nightlife.
Wuhan is one of the most beautiful cities and boasts a number of attractions and experiences that provide a perfect opportunity to explore the culture and the lifestyle of the city. One of the best ways to experience the city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Wuhan which include historical attractions such as Yellow Crane Tower, Guiyuan Temple, Moshan Hill, Qiyi Gate, Qingchuan Cabinet and museums like Hubei Provincial Museum, Zhongshan Warship Museum and Alive Museum, Wuhan Art Museum and Wuhan Sex Museum. Wuhan is also home to a lot of green spaces, parks, gardens and recreational areas that are perfect for spending a quiet and peaceful evening like Luojia Mountain, Mulan Heaven Lake, Wuhan Botanical Garden and East Lake. Other top things to do in Wuhan include Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, Chu River Han Street, Mt. Jiufeng Forest Zoo, Wuchang Uprising Memorial and Happy Valley Amusement Park. From history to leisure, the attractions in Wuhan cater to all ages and interests, making it one of the top travel destinations in the world.
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What to Do in and around Wuhan
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No.56 Minzhu Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430060, China
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
Built somewhere during 233 A.D the Yellow Crane Tower is the stuff of legend. The tower was destroyed and rebuilt 7 times. Initially built as a military watch tower during the reign of Sun Quan, its military purpose was forgotten and with time it became a scenic spot. The floors contain paintings and poems written in praise of the monument by many artists and poets. The top floor offers a panoramic view of the city and also overlooks the majestic Yangtze River. The roof is covered with 100,000 yellow glazed tiles that shine and dazzle in the day. Designated as 5A scenic spot by the CNTA the Tower is a must visit.
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Near Yanhu Avenue, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430060, China
07:00 am - 07:00 pm
The largest urban lake in China, covering an area of 88 sqkms, the East lake has a lot of scenic spots in and around it. Some of them are:
The lake is adorned with many trails, walkways, 12 minor lakes and several different kind of trees. In fact in February every year many botanical festivals are held. Few of them being Wuhan plum festival, East lake lotus Festival, East lake cherry festival and summertime festival.
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No.156 Donghu Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430077, China
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
One of the most famous museum in China, the Hubei Provincial Museum boasts over 200,000 exhibits. It has a vast array of collections such as pottery, porcelains, jade, bronze vessels, ancient weapons and musical instruments. About 812 of those cultural relics are listed first class and 16 of them are considered as national treasures. The museum comprises of 3 sections namely:
Chime bells Exhibition is where many relics such as ancient halberds, triangle-shaped swords called Shu, bamboo slips used for writing are kept. But perhaps the most important is a set of bronze bells of different sizes which can be used to play different notes. This enchanting music is played in the adjacent Music hall.
Culture Exhibition hall exhibits all the relics from the Chu (a state in the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC).
The comprehensive exhibition hall which is at present undergoing renovation.
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Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430000, China
12:01 am - 12:00 am
For many years there was no means of transportation except by ship across the Yangtze. The bridge was built in 1955 and is 1670 mts long. Vehicles run on the top and there is another separate section in the bottom for walkways and cyclists. It takes about 45 to 50 minutes to cross the bridge on foot. The bridge offers a scenic view over the river and not only that but two towers stand tall on either side. On the east is the Yellow Crane Tower and on the west is the Guishan TV tower.
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Ziyou Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430060, China
You can also dub this alley as the ‘alley of food’. Hubu alley is known for its exquisite collection of mouth-watering street foods. Some of the exotic foods are authentic re gan mian (hot-and-dry noodles), fried tofu skin, shaomai (steamed pork dumplings), Baoqing pork blood balls, Maojia braised pork, Hunan preserved fish, Wuchang fish, Wuhan Doupi (a kind of snack made from sticky rice, beef, mushrooms and beans) and Jingwu duck neck. This 400 year old street has preserved the art of culinary skills and passed it on from generation to generation. So many types of food, types of styles and cuisines will tingle your taste buds. The alley is surely worth a visit on an empty stomach.
No.A1 Donghu Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430071, China
07:00 am - 07:00 pm
A calm and serene resort filled with greenery on all sides Donghu Resort is a great place to visit. There are several small ponds, lakes and walkways around them. The resort proves as a good picnic spot that can be enjoyed with family and friends. It is also one of the two places in Wuhan to enjoy Cherry blossoms in March, the other one being Wuhan university. The resort becomes decorated with white cherry blossoms all over and becomes a lovely sight to watch.
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No.20 Cuiwei Road, Zhongjia Village, Hanyang District, Wuhan 430050, China
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
One among the four best Buddha temples in Wuhan, the Guiyuan temple was built during the Qing Dynasty. The temple has 5 courtyards with 4 of them in four direction and one located in the middle. With subsequent decades the temple was expanded to its present size which covers an area of 46,900 sqmts.
The highlights of the temple are:
The Depository of Buddhist texts is in the northern courtyard. A two storied building which contains a lot of Buddhist scriptures, records and relics.
The Hall of Arahats or also known as Hall of Lohans. It is in the southern courtyard and was destroyed in the war in 1852 A.D and was later rebuilt in 1895 A.D. The hall has about 500 statues of ‘Lohans’ and still the place doesn’t look crowded. They all are life like sizes and are spread across in an interesting layout.
Great Buddha’s hall is in the central courtyard and is adorned with many statues. There’s a Sakyamuni statue and standing beside him are two of his disciples Ananda and Kasyapa. The Avalokiteshware statue stands tall behind Sakyamuni accompanied by two dragon statues of a boy and girl.
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Lumo Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan, China
09:00 am - 08:30 pm
Opened in 1956 it was one of the first botanical garden in People’s Republic of China. The garden contains about 8000 species of flora and is ranked as the largest biodiversity park in Central China. Spread out over 70 hectares the place also contains many theme sections. They are Aquatic Plant Garden, Rare Endangered Plant Garden Chinese Gooseberry Garden, Ornamental Garden, Tree Garden, Pine Cypress Garden and Bamboo Garden. Not only this but the Botanical Garden actively conducts seminars and research programmes to spread more awareness among the people. The Botanical Garden of Chinese Academy of Sciences research centre is adjacent to the garden. They also have many foreign exchange programmes with as many as 44 countries.
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Donghu Scenic Area, Wuhan, China
08:00 am - 05:30 pm
The Mo Hill is actually a part of the East Wuhan Lake scenery, located in the south east corner. The hill is also known as Milestone hill and was a stronghold of the Chu state (one of the seven warring states before 221 B.C). You’ll find a lot of cultural references to that state such as City Wall of the State of Chu, the Chu Market, the Chu Talent Garden, the Chu Heaven Platform and many more.
There’s also a beautiful botanical Garden filled with numerous flower plantation. More than 360 kinds of plants can be found here and different types of gardens such as the Plum Garden, Cherry Blossom Garden and Rhododendron Garden. The Mo hill offers a variety of scenic areas and is one of the most sought after destinations in Wuhan, definitely not to be missed.
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Shimen Mountain, Changxuanling Town, Huangpi District, Wuhan 430317, China
12:01 am - 12:00 am
A scenic lush green area that looks as if it was pulled out of a painting the Mulan Heaven Lake is known for its tranquil beauty. The whole area is about 4800 acres huge and has a number of highlights such as waterfalls, streams, rivers, pools and an array of trees. It’s a perfect destination for a picnic or camping. A 5km canyon is present which can be hiked atop which the heaven lake is located. There are small stops for rest and refreshments spread across the area.
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Central Culture Zone, Wuhan, China
12:01 am - 12:00 am
A nice alternative to the usual Shopping malls the Han Street is a 1.5km long street that runs parallel to Chu River. Dubbed as the open shopping mall the street is ideal for shopping foreign brands. It also boasts beautiful lighting at night. You can walk the street or even hire a boat to row through the Chu river. The street also offers a lot for refreshments like street foods, bars, coffeshops etc.
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No.74 Shanghuapo, Huangpu Road, Jiang'an District, Wuhan 430010, China
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
Gude Temple of Hankou is with quite an unusual blend of Eurasian Architecture. From the outside it nowhere looks like a Chinese temple with curved roofs and red tiles. Rather it looks more of a Romanesque styled tall archways, steps and pillars and gives a very gothic vibe. It is said that the temple was founded as far back 1877 but it was badly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. It was later rebuilt extensively. Today the temple contains the Christian, Chinese, Burmese, Buddhist and Hindu gods and is open for visitors from all countries.
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Luoyu Road, Jiufeng Country, Hongshan District, Wuhan 430075, China
08:30 am - 05:30 pm
Although quite a small Zoo it’s located in a picturesque forest park. The place proves a fun trip for kids as they would enjoy the most. There’s a separate animal feeding section where you can feed pigs, rabbits, deer. Perhaps a great highlight of the zoo is the bus trip inside the tiger’s area. You are taken in a bus with strong glass windows caged with steel inside the tiger’s area where some of the tigers even jump up to the window to growl at you. It can be a quite a thrilling ride.
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No.1 Wuluo Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430064, China
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
One of the most important places in the history of Chinese revolution. It is here the first shots were fired by Dr. Sun Yat Sen that ignited a spark. The Memorial has multiple sites to see which include Sun Yat Sen’s statue, the martyr park, the halls which include historic documents and newspaper clippings from those times. The building itself was once the Hubei Military Government Building but is now known as the Red Chamber. A place embedded with deep history you can actually get a feel of the turbulent times.
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Within the District, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430060, China
A great place for a weekend getaway Luojia Mountain is located within the campus of Wuhan University. Right at the base is the East Lake. The waters, the trees, the cherry blossoming during the spring all come together to create a wonderful landscape. Climbing the mountain, as difficult as it sounds, in reality is no. There are golf carts available that can you up and own but doing so on foot can be great fun. The view from the top is amazing and is surely worth a visit.