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Top things to do in Wuhan

By Teng Mu

July 29

It’s long history and beautiful location make Wuhan a great city with a unique folk culture.

It’s long history and beautiful location make Wuhan a great city with a unique folk culture.

Wuhan, a city on the Yangtze River, boasts beautiful natural scenery, significant cultural heritage, and delicious food. Here are the top things to experience there.

1/7 Climb the Yellow Crane Tower 登临黄鹤楼

Yellow Crane Tower [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Shaomin]
Yellow Crane Tower [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Shaomin]
Considered the best tower in China, Yellow Crane Tower stands on the top of Snake Hill beside the Yangtze River. Its long history dates back to the Three Kingdoms Period (220-265). It ranks first among the four most famous towers in China, ahead of Yueyang Tower in Hunan, the Pavillion of Prince Teng in Jiangxi, and Penglai Tower in Shandong.

2/7 Walk along the Yangtze River Bridge 漫步长江大桥

Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Shaomin]
Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Shaomin]
Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge was the first bridge to span the Yangtze River. Built for highway and rail traffic, it was completed in 1957 with the help of Soviet engineers.

3/7 Row a boat on the East Lake 在东湖泛舟

The East Lake Scenic Area [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Shaomin]
The East Lake Scenic Area [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Shaomin]
The East Lake is the largest inner city lake in China. It can be divided into five scenic areas, namely, Tingtao Pavillion, Moshan Hill, Chuidi Hill and Luoyan Island. Here you can admire the beauty of nature all year round: cherry blossoms, peach blossoms and tulips in spring, water lilies in summer, maple leaves and osmanthus in autumn, and plum blossoms in winter.

4/7 See the cherry blossoms in Wuhan University 赏武大樱花

Cherry blossoms in Wuhan University[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Cai Tao]
Cherry blossoms in Wuhan University[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Cai Tao]
The cherry blossoms in Wuhan University have a long history. The ones you see today were presented by the Japanese government to symbolize friendship between the two countries. Wander along Cherry Blossom Road and find out why this university is called China’s most beautiful.

5/7 Have breakfast on Hubu Lane 去户部巷过早

Cailinji restaurant on Hubu Lane [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Ma Chengjun]
Cailinji restaurant on Hubu Lane [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Ma Chengjun]
Hubu Lane is a must-see stop for Wuhan-style food. It has a history of over 400 years and boasts a wide variety of dishes, including hot and dry noodles (热干面),three delicacies wrapped in tofu skin (三鲜豆皮), pan-fried dumplings (煎包) and Chinese doughnuts (面窝). Locals usually have some of these for breakfast. Cailinji restaurant is a good choice.

6/7 Trace history at the Red Chamber 到红楼追溯历史

The Red Chamber [Image Credit: xinhuanet.com]
The Red Chamber [Image Credit: xinhuanet.com]
The Red Chamber is also called “The Memorial Hall of the Wuchang Uprising in the 1911 Revolution”. The place launched China’s modern revolution and has great historical significance. In front of the Red Chamber, stands a bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, founding Father of Modern China.

7/7 Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum 参观省博物馆

Chime-bells in Hubei Provincial Museum [Image Credit: piebbs.pconline.com.cn]
Chime-bells in Hubei Provincial Museum [Image Credit: pconline.com.cn]
The Hubei Provincial Museum is most famous for its exhibits of Chu culture, an important branch of Chinese Han culture. The four treasures of the museum are chime-bells from the Tomb of Marquis Yi of the Zeng State, the sword of Goujian,  human skull fossils from Yunxian County and a Yuan Dynasty artifact called the Blue and White Plum Vase of the Four Loves.

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