capital city of Hubei Province, China

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A section of Wuchang, the Yangtze River, and Hanyang seen from the Yellow Crane Tower

Wuhan (武汉; Wǔhàn) is the capital of Hubei Province in China and a major port on the Yangtze River.

UnderstandEdit

HistoryEdit

 
Memorial Hall of 1911 Wuchang Uprising, Where Sun Yat-Sen Issued his Edict to Overthrow the Qing.

Wuhan once consisted of three cities; Hanyang, Hankou (formerly known as Hankow), and Wuchang. Hanyang was a busy port as long as 2,000 years ago in the Han Dynasty. Yellow Crane Tower was built in 223 BCE and gained fame throughout China through the poetry of Cui Hao during the Tang Dynasty. Wuchang has been a center of learning for centuries, especially in the field of the arts. It became a provincial capital in the Yuan Dynasty.

Hankou was considered to be one of China's top four cities during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It was the busiest inland port, first opened as a treaty port in 1861. During the 19th century, as a result of concessions granted in the aftermath of the Opium Wars, large areas of Hankou's riverfront were carved up into foreign mercantile divisions with port and rail facilities and the area's economy expanded rapidly. There remain many grand buildings along Hankou's riverfront clearly European in design as a result.

The city is perhaps most famous for its pivotal role in the formation of modern China. On October 10, 1911, the Wuchang Uprising, led by Sun Yat-Sen, took place, sparking the Xinhai Revolution throughout the nation which resulted in the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty (China's last) and the formation of the Republic of China. The event is commemorated in many place names beginning with "Shouyi", literally "First Revolution", including a public square with an attached museum. In the ensuing chaos of the Republic of China, Wuchang was the capital of a leftist Guomindang government ruled over by Wang Jingwei in direct opposition to Chiang Kai-shek.

In 1927, Hanyang, Hankou, and Wuchang were united to form the city of Wuhan. In 1938, during the Japanese invasion of China, Wuhan briefly became the temporary capital of the Republic of China, after the government had been moved here from Nanjing, which had been captured by the invaders. In the late 1938, however, Wuhan fell to the Japanese as well, and the ROC government moved further west to Chongqing. During the rest of World War II, fighting shifted to the western part of Hubei, Wuhan being liberated from the invaders only with the surrender of Japan in 1945.

With the opening of China, Wuhan was reopened in 1992 for the first time since the revolution. Today, Wuhan is one of China's largest cities and remains an important center of commerce. While many visitors overlook Wuhan as just another city, beneath its industrial exterior a rewarding tapestry of history and cultural arts awaits.

OrientationEdit

 
The Future Science and Technology City, one of the easternmost corporate campuses of the Guanggu (Optics Valley) development area

Wuhan is an amalgamation of three smaller cities, Hankou, Hanyang and Wuchang, each separated from the other by a river. Hankou is the business center and it sits to the northwest with the Yangtze River separating it from Wuchang and the Han River separating it from Hanyang. Wuchang is the education center hosting a bewildering variety of universities, institutes and colleges. It is separated from Hankou and Hanyang by the Yangtze River. Hanyang is the industrial center, separated from Hankou by the Han River and from Wuchang by the Yangtze River.

Yangtze bridgesEdit

Vehicles can cross the Yangtze over nine bridges and a tunnel within the city limits, but only two of these may be used by pedestrians and cyclists.

1 Number One Yangtze River Bridge spans the Yangtze 1 km upstream of its confluence with the Han. It's a Soviet-era colossus, with a railway on its lower deck, and a highway plus sidewalks on the upper deck. On the west bank, Hanyang, the sidewalks start at the corner of Guishan S. Rd and Yingwu Ave; there is also access to the northern sidewalk from the park outside the TV tower. On the east bank, Wuchang, several stairways access the bridge west of the Yellow Crane Tower.

The more graceful Number Two Yangtze River Bridge, 5 km downstream, connects Wuchang with Hankou, and is also open to pedestrians as well as vehicles.

Most of the bridges over the smaller Han River, connecting Hanyang and Hankou, have pedestrian sidewalks.

ClimateEdit

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Travellers not accustomed to high heat and humidity should avoid visiting Wuhan in the summer months. As the hottest of the "Three Furnaces" of China (the others are Chongqing and Nanjing), Wuhan often gets summer temperatures above 35 °C (95 °F). Combine the heat with humidity, a lack of wind, and heavy urban pollution typical for most of the rapidly industrialized cities in China, and you has a recipe for a cloudy yet simmering day.

Get inEdit

Wuhan is a major city in a central position. It has all the bus, rail, road and air connections you would expect.

By planeEdit

Taxi from Wuhan Tianhe Airport to the city (Wuchang) costs ¥70-¥80, plus ¥10 toll.

A commuter rail line connecting Wuhan's Hankou Railway Station with the city of Xiaogan, has a stop at the airport. The train schedule is somewhat irregular, but, as of 2017, there is typically a train from the airport station (天河机场) to Hankou (汉口) Railway Station every 1-1½ hours. At Hankou, you can transfer to Wuhan Metro (subway), or to long-distance or commuter trains to various destinations. Some of the trains from the airport may continue beyond Hankou, to other cities in Hubei, such as Huanggang/Daye/Huangshi (with a stop at Wuhan Railway Station), or Yichang, Xiangyang and Shiyan. (Schedule).

Wuhan Metro's Line 2 also reaches the airport, providing frequent and inexpensive service to destinations throughout the city. As of 2018, Metro Line 2 trains run to and from the airport from 06:00 to 22:30.

As of 2015, there was regular bus service from Wuhan airport to several locations throughout Wuhan, including the Hankou and Wuhan railway stations and the Fujiapo Bus Station (in downtown Wuchang, within 1 km from the Wuchang Railway Station). These services may have been affected by the opening of the rail and metro connection to the airport, though.

If you get stuck at the airport for any length of time, the airport has free wifi throughout the domestic terminal (subject to verification of mobile phone number, any country OK), and you can find power outlets (with purchase) at Cite Coffee on the mezzannine above the pre-security departures hall (2F). There is a left-luggage service on the back wall of the departures hall as well, next to the odd-sized luggage check.

By trainEdit

 
Wuchang Railway Station

Wuhan is a major railway hub, connected by direct trains to most of China's major cities, including Beijing and Lhasa in faraway Tibet. The G-trains flash along at 300 km/h, and are often quicker than flying. There are also slow conventional trains, often overnight given the great distances involved.

There are three main railway stations: 2 Wuhan Railway Station has the fastest trains. The others are 3 Wuchang Railway Station, and 4 Hankou Railway Station. All three stations are connected by the metro.

Going northEdit

  • Beijing: 4 hr (G-series), 7½ hr (D-series), frequent service from Wuhan station; 10½ hr (Z- or T-series, including overnight trains), from Wuchang or Hankou
  • Shijiazhuang: 4-5 hr (G, D), frequent service from Wuhan station
  • Taiyuan: 5½-6 hr (G), two trains a day from Wuhan; you can also travel with a transfer in Shijiazhang
  • Zhengzhou: 2 hr (G), 3½ hr (D), frequent service from Wuhan station
  • Tianjin: 13 hr (T, from Wuchang); faster travel by G or D train is possible with a transfer in Beijing (terminal change) or Nanjing
  • Harbin: 13 hr (G, from Wuhan); 23-28 hr (T, from Wuchang or Hankou)
  • Changchun: 25 hr (T, from Wuchang or Hankou)
  • Shenyang: 19 hr (T236/T237 from Wuchang)
  • Hohhot: 26-28 hr (K1276/K1277 or K600/K597 from Wuchang); much faster travel is possible by taking a G or D train to Beijing and transferring to T train there

Destinations in Northeastern China (eg Harbin) will involve changing between stations in Beijing.

Going north-westEdit

  • Xi'an: 4 hr (G, from Wuhan); 12-15 hr (overnight T or K train, from Wuchang)
  • Lanzhou: 3 hr (G96/G97 from Wuhan); 17 hr (T264/T265, from Wuchang)
  • Urumqi: 15 hr, change in Lanzhou
  • Xining: 21 hr (T264/T265, from Wuchang). Same day travel is possible by high-speed trains with a transfer in Xi'an
  • Lhasa: 44 hr (T264/T265, from Wuchang); runs every other day.
  • Yinchuan: 30½ hr (K1296/K1297, from Wuchang); much faster travel is possible by taking a G train to Shijiazhuang or Taiyuan and transferring there
 
Wuhan Railway Station has high-speed trains to Beijing and Guangzhou

Going southEdit

  • Guangzhou, Shenzhen: 4-7 hr (G, D), frequent service from Wuhan; 11-13 hours (Z, T, including overnight trains), from Wuchang or Hankou
  • Changsha: 1½-2 hr (G, D), frequent service from Wuhan station
  • Guilin: 5½ hr (G), from Wuhan (one train daily); 12 hr (T, K, overnight train from Wuchang)
  • Nanning: 8 hr (G, from Wuhan); 18½-19½ hr (T, from Wuchang)
  • Haikou: 21½ hr (T201, from Wuchang)
 
Most eastbound trains use Hankou Railway Station

Going eastEdit

  • Shanghai: 5½-6 hr (G, D), frequent service mostly from Hankou, some from Wuchang or Wuhan; 10 hr, overnight Z train from Wuchang
  • Nanjing: 3½-4 hr (G, D), frequent service mostly from Hankou, some from Wuchang or Wuhan
  • Hefei, 2½ hrs (G,D), frequent service mostly from Hankou, some from Wuchang or Wuhan
  • Hangzhou: 5½-6 hours (G, D), mostly from Hankou; you can also travel with a transfer in Nanjing; 8½ hr, overnight Z train from Wuchang
  • Qingdao: 8 hr (G), from Wuhan, one direct train daily; you can also travel on G or D trains with a transfer in Nanjing

Going south-eastEdit

  • Nanchang: 2½-3 hr (D), from all terminals
  • Fuzhou: 7-7½ hr (D, G), from Wuhan or Hankou

Going westEdit

  • Chongqing: 7 hr (D or G, mostly from Hankou); 13-15 hr (T or K, overnight trains from all terminals)
  • Chengdu: 8½-9 hours (D, mostly from Hankou, some from Wuhan); 11 hr (Z) or 16-17 hr (T), mostly overnight, from all terminals

Going south-westEdit

  • Kunming: 7-8 hr (G, from Wuhan); 24 hr (Z, from Wuchang)
  • Guiyang: 5 hr (G, from Wuhan); 17½ hr (T, from Wuchang)

Commuter servicesEdit

 
Tangxunhu Station on the Wuhan-Xianning commuter line

Wuhan Metropolitan Area intercity railway.    . Wuhan is one of the first cities in China to introduce a modern commuter train system. You can take a commuter train from Wuchang Station to the city's southern southern suburbs (Xianning); from Wuhan Station, trains go to the eastern suburbs (Huangshi, Huanggang, Daye, Ezhou) suburbs. The third line, the one of greatest interest to travelers, is the one from Hankou Station to the northwest (to Xiaogan via the Wuhan Tianhe Airport).

As of 2018, on most lines, trains run about 10 times a day in each direction. The trains depart from the same three main train stations of the city, but use dedicated purpose-built rail lines, different from both the "regular" and high-speed railway lines used by long-distance trains. They also make a few stops at new purpose-built commuter stations on the city's outskirts; e.g. the Xianning-bound trains stop at the Tangxunhu Station (汤逊湖站) in the southern part of the Guanggu development area, from which a bus or a streetcar can be taken to various university or corporate campuses.

The system is undergoing further development; once the new Guanggu Railway Station (光谷火车站; formerly known as the Liufang Station) opens in the middle of the Guanggu development area later in 2020, the commuter service will be much improved.

By busEdit

Major bus stationsEdit

There are several major long-distance bus stations, again in Hankou and Wuchang, which tend to have buses visiting more than one station. The bus station with the most number of services is the Xinrong Bus Station in Hankou. The second and third busiest bus stations are Hongji Bus Station and Gutian Bus Station respectively.

  • 5 Fujiapo Bus Station (傅家坡汽车客运站), 358 Wuluo Road, Wuchang District (武昌区武珞路358号) (About 700 metres north of Meiyuan Xiaoqu Metro Station on Line 4), +86 27 87274817.
  • 6 Gutian Bus Station (古田客运站), 8 Gutian First Road, Qiaokou District, Hankou (汉口硚口区古田一路8号) (Close to Gutian First Road Metro Station on Line 1), +86 27 63604599.
  • 7 Hanghai Bus Station (航海汽车客运站), 528 Zhongshan Road, Wuchang District (武昌区中山路528号) (Opposite the west side of Wuchang Railway Station, about 700 metres south of Wuchang Railway Station Metro Station on Lines 4 and 7), +86 27 88318111.
  • 8 Hongji Bus Station (宏基汽车客运站), 519 Zhongshan Road, Wuchang District (武昌区中山路519号) (Just outside Exit F of the Wuchang Railway Station Metro Station on Lines 4 and 7), +86 27 88074966, +86 27 88074968.
  • 9 Xinrong Bus Station (新荣村客运站, 新荣村客运站 Xinrong Village Bus Station), 1 Hanhuang Road, Jiang'an District, Hankou (汉口江岸区汉黄路1号) (Just outside Exits C and D of the Xinrong Bus Station Metro Station on Line 21. You could also walk here from Xinrong Metro Station on Line 1), +86 27 82321055.

The Jinjiadun Bus Station (金家墩客运站) near Hankou Railway Station was permanently closed in 2017. A brand new bus station is being built at the site and should be completed by the mid-2020s.

Other bus stationsEdit

  • 10 Hanyang Passenger Transport Centre (汉阳客运中心,汉阳客运站, Hanyang Bus Station), 211 Longyang Avenue, Caidian District (蔡甸区龙阳大道211号) (Just outside Exit A of Hanyang Bus Station Metro Station on Line 3), +86 27 68841281. Mainly serves bus routes from other cities in Hubei Province and some neighbouring provinces.

By boatEdit

You can also reach Wuhan via boats on the Yangtze River, either from downstream centers such as Shanghai and Nanjing or from Chongqing further upstream, via the famous Three Gorges route.

These days, only cruise boats are available. Regular commuter-style services ceased operations many years ago. Moreoever, most cruise boats on the Yangtze only travel between Chongqing and Yichang and do not reach Wuhan or cities further east. Yichang may be reached in about 2-hours by high-speed train.

  • 11 Wuhan Passenger Port (武汉客运港), 145 Yanjiang Avenue, Jiang'an District, Hankou (汉口江岸区沿江大道145号) (About 1 km east of Jianghan Road Metro Station on Lines 2 and 6. The port terminal is inside the same building as the Wuhan Museum of Science and Technology. You will find it on the northern side of the building), +86 27 82965006 (Jianghan Chaozong Tourist Transportation Center), +86 27 82839544 (port authority), . Wuhan's main cruise boat terminal. The port is also a departure point for short-distance evening pleasure cruises (which are much more frequent than cruises to Shanghai or Chongqing). The boats usually dock at Pier No. 23. The ticket office is inside the Jianghan Chaozong Tourist Transportation Center (武汉江汉朝宗旅游集散中心). There are also several travel agencies inside the center that can help you with bookings.

Get aroundEdit

By subwayEdit

 
Wuhan Metro map

Wuhan Metro.     Starting with a modest beginning in 2004, Wuhan's metro system has grown by the end of 2017 to an elaborate network with 7 lines and 167 stations, connecting all three major sections of the city (Hankou, Hanyang, and Wuchang); it continues to expand at a rapid pace.

The airport and the Hankou Railway Station are served by Line 2; the Wuhan Railway station (the major high speed railway station) and the Wuchang Railway Station, by Line 4.

As in most other subway systems in China, the fare depends on distance. For a single trip, you can buy a token from a vending machine at the station's entrance, use the token to enter the system at a turnstile, and then surrender it to another turnstile when exiting. You can also buy a Wuhan Tong card (from the person at the booth in the subway, or elsewhere) for ¥15 and add cash value to it, allowing you to enter the stations more quickly; subway rides using the Wuhan Tong are discounted by 10%, and the Wuhan Tong also works on public buses and ferries.

Stations are clean, and the trains are usually (outside of the rush hour) not very crowded. Public toilets are available at many stations (usually, outside the toll gate); drinking water fountains are found on the platforms of some stations.

It is useful to be aware of where subway construction work is being carried out, since large sections of streets may be fenced off for the construction, and street-level traffic may be significantly affected during the construction work.

By busEdit

 
Two-level buses are used on some of the city bus routes

Wuhan has a cheap and efficient, bus system, which, however, may seem rather bewildering to uninitiated. The service has vastly improved compared to the past. It is the cheapest way to get around the city, bus fares typically being ¥2. If you have a local to guide you, it can be used to get from place to place with impressive speed (unless stuck in the traffic somewhere, of course). All buses have the route number prominently marked, and usually carry a board listing major stops along the route (in Chinese only). Similar boards are installed at each stop. Without a local to guide you, you should better have a good map and a decent grasp of Chinese.

Maps sold at newsstands etc for a few yuan show bus routes and bus stops, but aren't always easy to read, and aren't always up-to-date. There is an interactive Wuhan bus map (in Chinese) available online, which allows you to see bus connections between any two bus stops. The Baidu Maps web site also has information about the bus service.

There are also several Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines. These have stations somewhat similar to those of the metro; you pay at the entrance into the station, rather than when boarding the bus. BRT Line 1 runs east from Wuchang Railway Station, along the Xiongchu St (mostly parallel to Line 2 of the Metro, but about 1-2 km south of it).

By streetcarEdit

 
Guanngu streetcar

Wuhan Light Rail (武汉有轨电车).     Several lines of wireless tram or streetcar (the vehicles carry batteries, and are recharged at each station) have been built, or are under construction in several parts of the city. The system (actually consisting of two separate networks, far apart from each other) is referred to as 武汉有轨电车.

One system operates in the far reaches of Hanyang, connecting to the subway Line 3 at Zhuanyang Boulevard Station ( 沌阳大道站).

The other system, opened in 2018, operates in the Guanggu ("Optics Valley") area of Wuchang. Its lines start near the main gate of the Huazhong Science and Technology University (stations Luoxiong Rd and Huazhong Science and Technology University of subway Line 2), and run south and south-east, passing by various university and corporate campuses of the area; one of them (L2) reaches the Tangsunhu Station of the Wuchang-Xianning commuter train line.

By taxiEdit

Taxis are sometimes hard to find, especially in commercial areas. Taxis are supposed to switch drivers at 17:30 however often they will appear to do so much earlier. After 16:00, expect half of all taxis to display a sign indicating they are not for hire. In congested areas, especially 1-way streets with no convenient exit, taxi drivers displaying the for hire sign (空车) will often wave you away when you try to flag them down or stop the car to ask where you are going and dismiss you if it's not to an area they wish to go to. Be aware and plan accordingly if you have to be somewhere on-time. The lack of adequate taxis in congested areas (Wuhan Plaza, for example), people in Wuhan are much more aggressive when trying to get a taxi. Expect to race to any car that stops and to hold your ground at the door (for example if you're waiting at the front door, someone will jump in the back). Rates are relatively cheap at ¥6 on the flag and with around ¥70 getting you between almost any two spots you are likely to want to travel between. It is possible to get higher taxi fares, but usually only because the taxi driver has deliberately taken you on a longer trip (which is, thankfully, not a common occurrence).

Airport taxis are the exception. Foreigners in particular are likely to get ripped off by taxi drivers at the airport. They will demand prices starting at ¥150 to go anywhere in the city. For reference, going from the airport to the middle of Hanyang costs about ¥50 typically. It is advisable to insist on the metre before the taxi starts moving and if the driver refuses, step out, collect your luggage and go back to the taxi stand. This is not a serious problem in the daytime when there is a supervisor at the taxi stand who is an airport employee, rather than a taxi driver.

One oddity of the taxi system is crossing the bridges. Because of the traffic problems and snarls at the bridges, the city has instituted a system in which half the taxis are not permitted to cross the bridge on half the days. Basically, if the day of the month is odd, odd-numbered taxis are allowed to use the Number One Bridge. If the day of the month is even, even-numbered taxis are allowed to use the Number One Bridge. This system may extend to the Number Two Bridge (this is not yet confirmed) but it does not extend to the Number Three Bridge. In most circumstances, however, it is not advisable to use the Number Three Bridge as it tends to increase the taxi fares dramatically (although it is an interesting ride).

By ferryEdit

 
A ferry on the Yangtze

The Yangtze River can be crossed by ferry for a very reasonable fee of ¥1.5. The ferry offers by virtue of its unique location some nice views of the city, the Number One Yangtze River Bridge, Yellow Crane Tower, etc. during the day and an interesting nightscape view after dark.

The main ferry route is between the Wuhan Customs House Wharf in Hankou and Zhonghua Road Wharf in Wuchang. The ferry on this route runs frequently starting at 06:30 and ending at 24:00. The fare is increased to ¥10 after 20:10. A special express ferry operates on the same route between 08:45 and 17:25. The fare for the express ferry is ¥5.

  • 12 Wuhan Customs House Wharf (武汉关码头), 14 Yanjiang Avenue Riverside, Jianghan District, Hankou (汉口江汉区沿江大道江滩14号) (About 900 metres southeast of Jianghan Road Metro Station on Lines 2 and 6. Near the Hankou Customs House Museum.).
  • 13 Zhonghua Road Wharf (中华路码头), 78 Linjiang Avenue Riverside, Wuchang District (武昌区临江大道江滩78号) (About 1.5km northwest of the Yellow Crane Tower. About 2 km west of Xiaodongmen Metro Station on Line 7), +86 27 88871575.

By carEdit

Wuhan's perpetually snarled traffic has long been famous. The city, however, has invested a lot of money and effort in improving the road infrastructure. In the 2000s, a popular type of project was building two-level intersections at important street crossings, or putting sections of a street underground in locations with a lot of pedestrian traffic (e.g. in front of Wuchang or Hankou Railway Stations). Sometimes, an entire street was put underground (e.g. Ba Yi St south of the Wuhan University campus). In the 2010s, the city starting converting entire streets into two-level structures, with most traffic going on the elevated highway, and the local traffic, on the street level below. This, for example, has been done to Xiongchu Rd in Wuchang. While all these projects improve the traffic situation in the long run, they -- as well as subway construction -- create temporary bottlenecks for the duration of the construction work.

By bicycleEdit

Bicyclists can be frequently seen on Wuhan's streets, although by 2018 there seem to be more riders of rental bikes than people who ride their own bicycles. If you want to see an iconic Chinese scene of the late 20th century, a huge crowd of people riding bicycles, you'll need to come to a popular park, such as the East Lake, on a good-weather weekend.

The ambitious Wuhan Greenway (武汉绿道) project aims to create a large network of wide pedestrian / bicycle paths throughout the Greater Wuhan. As of 2018, the paths along Ba Yi Rd and around all the sections of the East Lake have been completed, providing for a pleasant, even though not always very direct routes e.g. from several numerous university campuses in eastern Wuchang (Wuhan University, Sports University, Geosciences University, HUST) all the way to the Wuhan Railway Station area.

Crossing the Yangtze with a bicycle is somewhat of a challenge. Apparently, only the First Bridge allows bicycle riders; the Second Bridge allows pedestrians, but requires that bicycles be pushed. The rest of the bridges are for the automotive traffic only. Bicycles can also be taken on river ferries, for an additional fee (¥1). (More info: 武汉自行车免费“坐船”过江延至年底 "The bicycles-ride-free ferry offer is extended to the end of the year").)

SeeEdit

WuchangEdit

  • 2 Baotong Temple (宝通禅寺), 549 Wuluo Rd, Wuchang District (武昌区武珞路549号) (Baotong Subway station (Line 2) in Wuchang), +86 27 87884539, . 07:00-16:00. A large Chan Buddhist temple, although ancient in origin, had most of its buildings constructed fairly recently. The Hall of 500 Arhats is worth seeing. There are two bixi turtles on premises, although one of them is fairly new, carrying a stele commemorating the temple's renovation in 2006. Hongshan Pagoda (洪山宝塔), although not at Hongshan Hill's top, provides the best viewpoint around. Climbing the pagoda over steep, narrow winding stairs is an interesting experience. ¥10; ¥2 for admission to Hongshan Pagoda.    
  • 3 Big House Contemporary Art Center (Big House当代艺术中心), 76 Linjiang Avenue, Wuchang District (武昌区临江大道76号) (About 1 km southwest of Jiyu Bridge Station (Line 2). Bus no. 16 stops right outside the building), +86 27 88111915, . 10:00-17:00, closed on Mondays. Visitors who wish to visit on a weekday are required to make a booking in advance. Bookings are not required for weekend visits. Free.
 
A wall painting in Changchun Temple
  • 4 Changchun Taoist Temple (长春观), 269 Wuluo Rd, Wuchang District (武昌区武珞路269号) (NE of downtown Wuchang (NE corner of Wuluo Lu and Zhongshan Lu). About 700 metres south of Xiaodongmen Subway Station (Line 7) and about 900 metres north of the Wuchang Railway Station Subway Station (Line 4 and 7). The nearest bus stop is Wulou Road Grand East Gate (武珞路大东门), which is served by over two dozen bus routes), +86 27 88842090, +86 27 88180809, . 08:00-16:30. A large Taoist temple. ¥10.  
  • 5 Hubei Institute of Fine Arts Art Museum (湖北美术学院美术馆), Hubei Institute of Fine Arts Tanhualin Campus, 374 Zhongshan Road, Wuchang District (武昌区中山路374号湖北美术学院昙华林校区内) (About 450 metres north of Xiaodongmen Station on Metro Line 7 and about 500 metres south of Pangxiejia Station at the intersection of Lines 2 and 7), +86 27 88865875. 09:00-17:00, closed on Mondays. Free.    
  • 6 Hubei Museum of Art (湖北美术馆), No. 1 Sangongdian, Donghu Road, Wuchang District (武昌区东湖路三宫殿1号) (Next door to the Hubei Provincial Museum), +86 27 86796062, +86 27 86796067, . 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:00, closed on Mondays. Free.
  • 7 Hubei Provincial Museum (湖北省博物馆), 160 Donghu Road, Wuchang District (武昌区东湖路160号) (about 1 km south-east of Dongting Subway Station (Line 4). Bus routes 14, 402, 411, 552, 578, 701, 709 and 810), +86 27 86794127, +86 27 86790329. Tu-Su 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:00, closed on Mondays (except legal holidays) and New Year's Eve. Exhibit of ancient Chinese artifacts excavated from throughout Hubei Province. Displays range from pottery, jewelry, clothing, and even ancient human skulls. One of the highlights are the well-preserved musical instruments, and a brief concert is played daily on replica instruments. Also houses one very famous weapon: the Sword of Goujian. Free.    
  • 8 Madame Tussauds Wuhan (武汉杜莎夫人蜡像馆), 21 Chuhe Han Street, Zhongbei Road, Wuchang District (武昌区中北路楚河汉街21号) (A short walk from Chuhe Han Street (Chuhehanjie) Metro Station on Line 4), +86 27 87116104. 10:00-21:00, no tickets sold after 20:30. The Wuhan branch of the world-famous wax museum. ¥135 (adults), ¥90 (persons over 65), ¥90 (children between 1 and 1.4 metres in height). Children under 1 metre in height can get in for free.
  • 9 The 1911 Revolution Museum (辛亥革命博物馆, Xinhai Revolution Museum), 258 Pengliuyang Road, Wuchang District (武昌区彭刘杨路258号) (800 metres south of the Wuchang Uprising Memorial Hall. Inside a large modern building in the middle of Uprising Plaza (首义广场). The nearest bus stop is Pengliuyang Road and Tiyu Street (彭刘杨路体育街), which is served by bus nos. 10, 61, 401, 402, 411, 413, 522, 554, 561, 710, 728 and yx10, as well as trolley bus nos. 1, 4 and 7), +86 88051911. 09:00-17:00, no tickets issued after 16:00, no entry after 16:10, closed on Mondays. A comprehensive museum about the Xinhai Revolution. Free.
  • 10 Wuchang Uprising Memorial Hall (辛亥革命武昌起义纪念馆), 1 Wulou Road, Wuchang District (武昌区武珞路1号) (in downtown Wuchang; on the south side of Snake Hill and the Yellow Crane Tower Park. The nearest bus stops are Yuemachang, Wuchang Road (武昌路阅马场) and Yellow Crane Tower (黄鹤楼). Bus routes 10, 61, 401, 402, 411, 413, 503, 510, 522, 554, 561, 596, 701, 703, 710, 728, 797, 804, 806, yx10, yx703. Trolleybus routes 1, 4 and 7), +86 27 88875305. 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:00, closed on Mondays. On October 10, 1911 the Wuchang Uprising started the Xinhai Revolution, which led to the fall of the Qing Dynasty and the election of Sun Yat-Sen as the provisional president. This was one of the biggest events that shaped modern China, making its headquarters a must-see for anyone interested in historical travel. The Revolutionary Army was here, and inside the Red Chamber (the main building) they issued the edict to bring down the Qing Dynasty. In the outside Uprising Plaza (首义广场), stands a statue of Sun Yat-Sen. Free.    
  • 11 Wuhan Revolution Museum (武汉革命博物馆), 13 Hong Lane, Wuchang District (武昌区红巷13号) (The nearest bus stops are Zhongshan Road Dadikou (中山路大堤口) and Linjiang Avenue Dadikou (临江大道大堤口), which are served by bus routes 14, 15, 16, 514, 521, 539, 542, 566, 572, 576, 578, 607 and 804. The nearest metro station is Jiyu Bridge Station (Line 2), 1.4 km to the north), +86 27 88850322. 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:30, closed on Mondays. A museum about the Communist revolution in Wuhan. Free.
  • 12 Wuchang Riverfront (武昌江滩), Linjiang Avenue, Wuchang District (武昌区临江大道) (A few hundred metres west of Jiyu Bridge Station on Metro Line 2). At night, the riverfront is spectacularly lit up, with a huge tract of buildings all creating coordinated light patterns. The full show is around 20:00 for half an hour. Free.
 
Snake Hill Park from the Yellow Crane Tower.
  • 13 Yellow Crane Tower (黄鹤楼 Huanghelou), No. 1 Xishanpote, Sheshan, Wuchang District (武昌区蛇山西山坡特一号) (1 km north of Fuxinglu station on subway line 4. Bus routes 10, 61, 401, 402 and yx10. Trolleybus routes 1, 4 and 7.), +86 27 88875096, . Apr-Oct 08:00-18:20, Nov-Mar 08:00-18:20. The tower itself it open for an additional 20 minutes. It has repeatedly burned down, so the present tower completed in 1980 is mostly concrete, on the site of twelve previous wooden incarnations. Tower and associated buildings are atop the ridge of Snake Hill, looking down on Number One Yangtze River Bridge and the confluence of Yangtze and Han rivers. The complex includes Snake Hill Park, the Yellow Crane Tower itself, and the Mao Pavilion into which many of the poems of Chairman Mao are etched for your pleasure and erudition.
    The ground floor of the tower has a large entrance hall, two stories tall, with enormous decorative lamps and a giant ceramic fresco displaying the mythical story of the initial construction. The second story, essentially a balcony around the entrance hall, has a souvenir shop as well as displays of traditional Chinese paintings and calligraphy. The third story has a residence in the ancient Chu style, the sort of sitting room used by nobility to receive guests. The fourth story contains another souvenir shop and a set of models displaying the tower in previous incarnations, as it morphed from a watchtower into today's showpiece. The highest accessible story has pay telescopes and some nice art displays. There are lifts for those who can't use the stairs. An enormous bronze bell is just behind the tower, and 30¥ buys you nine bongs - it doesn't have a clapper, you swing a log against it. The teahouse has performances of Chu-era music (free, but you should order at least a drink or small snack.)
    Adult ¥70, conc ¥35.    

Around the East LakeEdit

Occupying much of the north-eastern part of Wuchang, the East Lake Scenic Area (东湖风景区, Donghu fengjing qu) is larger than either New York City's Central Park of Hangzhou's West Lake. In 2017-2018, its system of landscaped trails ("the East Lake Greenways", 东湖绿道) has been expanded. Most of the area is now free, with the exception of certain specific attractions (such as the Botanic Garden), where admission is charged.

The most easily accessibly areas of the park (close to subway stations, bus line, or parking lots) may get very crowded on good-weather weekends.

The park is huge, and can be accessed from many directions. From the northwest, the Liyuan Subway Station (on Line 8 of the Wuhan Metro) is the easiest access. From the north, the Wuhan Railway Station Subway Station and, even more, the nearby Yangchun Hu Subway Station are, in theory, within the walking distance from the park's bounds; however, as of early 2018, due to construction, pedestrian access is somewhat difficult; instead, you can take bus No. 643 from Wuhan Railway Station. From the southwest, you can walk to the lake from Wuhan University (see below). From the south, several buses go to Molu Street Moshan stop (鲁磨路磨山站), including 401,402, 413. From the east and southeast, the park can be accessed from several stops of bus route 513, which runs from Wuhan Railway Station to Guanggu Circle (光谷广场) along the park's eastern and southern border. More bus routes for individual sites in this article (in Chinese). See also listings below for individual sites.

 
A popular swimming area in Liyuan Park on the East Lake, as seen in 2008
  • 14 Liyuan Park (梨园公园, 梨园 Li Garden), 189 Donghu Rd, Wuchang District (东湖路189号) (Take a train to Liyuan subway station (Line 8); or take trolleybus no. 8, which terminates right in front of the gate (you can catch trolleybus no. 8 from Wuchang Railway Station). If coming from Moshan Hill Scenic Area or Wuhan Botanical Garden, take bus no. 402), +86 27 86773706. 07:00-18:00. One of the oldest and most accessible parks on the East Lake, all summer long it is a popular swimming area for the youths and families alike. Elsewhere on the lake, there are fancier beaches where admission is charged. Free.
  • 15 Mao Zedong's East Lake Villa (东湖毛泽东故居), East Lake Hotel, 142 Donghu Road, Wuchang District (武昌区东湖路142号东湖宾馆内). Wuhan is home to one of the villas of Chairman Mao. He returned here annually and typically stayed a few months. The decor was designed in the 1950s fashion, which strikes many visitors as odd, yet there are plenty of indicators that it is no ordinary person's home. One of the most interesting sites is Mao's large indoor swimming pool. Mao's pool seems to no longer be accessible. Also, the villa is not where Google Maps says it is, and it is difficult to find since there are no signs (not even in Chinese). To get there, get to Hubei Museum first. As you face the museum main entrance, turn left and walk along the main street. Immediately a street will branch off to your right - take it (the museum will be on your right). The street will lead to a roundabout, on which you should turn right, into a narrow shaded alleyway with some dilapidated houses and chicken coops. Eventually you will come to a gate (may look closed but will have an opening). Continue through the gate and straight along a causeway with water on both sides. You will get to an intersection - turn left. You will come to a parking lot in front of a large building complex - you want to get behind that complex, i.e. pass it so that it's on your left (there's a road with a blue forward-pointing arrow going there - take that road, then turn left). You will see an unremarkable-looking building with Mao's old car in a glass enclosure - this is Mao's villa.
  • 16 Museum of Hydrobiological Sciences (水生生物博物馆, Museum of Aquatic Organisms), 7 Donghu South Road, Wuchang District (武昌区东湖南路7号) (In the southwest corner of the lake. On the north side of Wuhan University's main campus. The nearest bus stop is Donghu South Road & Institute of Hydrobiology (东湖南路水生所), which is served by bus no. 402), +86 27 68780029, +86 27 68780985, . 08:30-12:00, 14:30-17:30, no entry in last 30 minutes, closed on weekends. A museum attached to the Institute of Hydrobiology, a research institute run by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The museum holds over 400,000 individual specimens, including some from extinct species such as the Yangtze River Dolphin. Visitors are required to make an appointment at least one day before visiting. Free.
  • 17 Wuhan University (武汉大学 Wuhan Daxue, Wuda), 299 Ba Yi Road, Wuchang District (武昌区八一路299号) (take a metro train to Jiedaokou or Guangfutun stations on Line 2. The closest bus stops to the main gate are Luojiashan Road Quanye Square (珞珈山劝业场) and Ba Yi Road Luojiashan (八一路珞珈山), which are served by bus routes 340, 413, 552, 572, 586, 587, 591 and 724. Once inside the gate, you can get use the university's internal bus network to get around the sprawling campus)). If you are in Wuhan in the spring, be sure to check out the cherry blossom (sakura) in Wuhan University, a famous tourist attraction. Any time of the year, you can also take a tour among the palatial buildings in "one of the most beautiful campuses." ¥20 during sakura festival; free otherwise.    
  • 18 China University of Geosciences (中国地质大学), 388 Lumo Rd, Hongshan District (洪山区鲁磨路388号) (About 1.5 km north of Guanggu Guangchang Subway Station (Line 2). Bus routes 59, 72, 340, 401, 625 and 709). This is the Wuhan campus of a national university that also has a campus in Beijing. The campus has three sections: the eastern and western ones are connected by a pedestrian bridge over Lumo Rd, the western and northern, by a pedestrian tunnel under Fujiashan/Nanwangshan. The well landscaped area around the university's main buildings (on both sides of Lumo Lu) also has the university museum, with a large collection of minerals and an impressive display of dinosaur skeletons.    
  • 19 Wuhan Botanical Garden (武汉植物园), Lumo Road, Wuchang District (武昌区鲁磨路) (Buses 401 (from Guanggu Square subway station, Line 2); 402 (from the NW side of the East Lake; bus crosses the lake on a causeway), 413 and 625), +86 27 87510783, . 08:00-17:00. The Wuhan Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences was established in 1956 and is known today as one of China's top research botanical gardens. There is an impressive variety of gardens and greenhouses within the grounds of the botanical garden. It is in the Moshan Hill area south of the East Lake, next to a number of other scenic sites. A standard entry ticket costs ¥35. Children aged between 6 and 18, and adults aged between 60 and 65 pay ¥17. Children under 6 and adults over 65 are given free admission..    
  • 20 Moshan Hill Scenic Area (磨山景区), 665 Lumo Road, Wuchang District (武昌区鲁磨路665号 (south of the East Lake (Donghu); see the Wuhan Botanical Garden for bus routes. If catching bus nos. 401, 402 or 625, get off at the last stop), +86 27 87510139, +86 27 87771302. 9:00-18:00. A large park area filled with monuments, temples, and various shops. While most of the monuments in the area were built in the 1990s, Moshan Hill is still a great place to go hiking and enjoy the natural scenery. The Botanical Garden (separate admission) is nearby. Free.    
 
Monkeys at Houshan (Monkey Mountain), Chuidi Scenic Area
  • 21 Chuidi Scenic Area (Ma'anshan Forest Park) (吹笛景区(马鞍山森林公园)), 619 Luoyu East Road, Hongshan District (洪山区珞喻东路619号) (southeast of the East Lake (Donghu), bordering on Huazhong University of Science and Technology; to get to the main gate of the scenic area, take bus no. 18, 25, 28, 101, Shuttle Bus 101 (101路区间) 340, 513, 518, 536, 702, 703 or 781, or walk 1.2 km east from Guanggu Square Station on Metro Line 2), +86 27 87804351. 07:30-17:00. Another large forest park area, with lots of walking and biking trails, hilltop gazebos, and various waterfront attractions (many of them set up in 2017-2018). Yujia Lake (喻家湖 Yujiahu), a bay of the East Lake west of the park, is regularly used by dragon boat teams for training; their shore base is on the west side of the bay (outside of Chuidi's limits). A group of monkeys resides in an enclosure near the appropriately named Monkey Hill (猴山); a few particularly trusted individuals are allowed to roam outside and interact with visitors. There are a couple of villages inside the park, but the trail network is laid out in such a way that the visitors don't need to cross the villages; they just see them and their fields from the outside, without interfering with the residents' life too much. Free.
  • 22 Shimen Peak Memorial Park (石门峰纪念公园, 石门峰名人文化公园 Shimen Peak Famous People Culture Park), 9 Shimenfeng Road, Hongshan District (洪山区石门峰路9号) (Entrance from Shimenfeng Rd (石门峰路), about 1.5 km NE from the crossing of Senlin Rd (森林大道) and Qingwang St (青王路). Take bus no. 513 from either Wuhan Railway Station or Guanggu Boulevard Metro Station (Line 2). Get off at Qingwang Road & Shimen Peak West Gate (青王路石门峰西门)), +86 27 87635632. Open all day. The slopes of the Stone Gate Peak (石门峰) are occupied by a large cemetery whose owners apparently are very serious about sponsoring public art. As a result, the hill's foothills are home to what may be the largest sculpture park this side of Skopje. The 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution were commemorated by a series of monuments to its participants. Another memorial complex commemorates the heroes of the war against Japan (1931-1945), and, closer to the entrance, yet another sculpture garden honors the marshals and generals of the People's Liberation Army. The famous personages of more ancient history are not forgotten either: deeper in the park, forty-plus statues of China's kings and emperors, from the earliest beginnings and to Empress Dowager Cixi (apparently, the only woman in this alley), not omitting Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan, have lined up a mountain path in the style reminiscent of a tradtional spirit way (神道). And, of course, there is plenty of more light-hearted statuary around the park. You can also walk up the steep stairs, through the actual cemetery to the top of the hill (marked by a tower with a star on top), for a fairly decent view of the surroundings. Free.
  • 23 Jiufeng Forest Zoo (九峰山森林动物园, Nine Peaks Forest Zoo), No. 1 Shizifeng, Jiufeng, Hongshan District (洪山区九峰狮子峰特1号) (The nearest bus stop is Senlin Avenue Baogaifeng (森林大道宝盖峰), which is served by bus nos. 18, 25, 28 and 750. You can catch bus nos. 18, 25 and 28 from the bus stop outside Exit B of Guanggu Boulevard Station on Metro Line 2), +86 27 87639763, . 08:30-17:30, ticket office closes at 16:30. ¥60.

HanyangEdit

  • 24 Guishan Televsion Tower (龟山电视塔), Guishan Park, 1 Guibei Road, Hanyang District (汉阳区龟北路特1号龟山公园) (The nearest bus stop is Yangtze River Bridge Hanyang Side (长江大桥汉阳桥头), which is served by bus nos. 10, 61, 401, 402, 411, 413, yx10, as well as trolleybus nos. 1, 4 and 7. The nearest metro station is Qintai Station on Line 6, which is 2 km from the tower), +86 27 84713691. 09:30-20:50. The 221-metre high tower on Tortoise Mountain (Guishan) is a major landmark on Hanyang's waterfront. There is an observatory and a revolving restaurant at the top. ¥120.    
 
Guiyuan Temple
  • 25 Guiyuan Temple (归元禅寺), 20 Cuiwei Road, Hanyang District (汉阳区翠微路20号) (in Hanyang, a few blocks west of Zhongjiacun subway station (Lines 4 and 6)), +86 27 84844756, . May 1st to Oct 7th 07:30-17:30, Oct 8th to Apr 30th 08:00-17:00, no entry in last 30 minutes. Built in 1658, Guiyuan Temple is known as the first zen temple to be built in Hubei Province. The most famous and impressive building in the complex is the Arhats Hall, which contains 500 arhat (Buddhist saints) statues. When you enter, from whichever part you choose to begin exploring, you are supposed to count the arhats. When you have counted to your current age, you are then supposed to write down the number above the statue that you stopped on and you can then present it to the small shop outside to purchase a golden card with your fortune, as well as a depiction of that statue. The statues inside are all quite different and intricately designed, so it's well worth the time to thoroughly explore the temple. Entrance is ¥10.    
  • 26 Qingchuan Pavilion and Temple of Yu the Great (晴川阁,禹稷行宫, 晴川阁景区 Qingchuan Pavilion Scenic Area), 86 Ximachang Street, Hanyang District (汉阳区洗马长街86号) (in Hanyang, on the Yangtze waterfront, north of the main bridge. There is a bus stop less than 50 metres from the site, which is served by bus nos. 30, 531, 532, 535, 553, 559, 561, 711 and 803), +86 27 84710887. 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:30, closed at 15:00 on Thursdays. A temple complex dedicated to Yu the Great, a legendary ancient emperor who overwhelmed the great flood and, with the help of a yellow dragon and black turtle, created the geographical features of today's China. Includes a stele-bearing bixi turtle (one of the few such creatures within Wuhan's urban area; see also Baotong Temple and Longquanshan); good views over the river. Free.
  • 27 Wuhan Zoo (武汉动物园), 60 Dongwuyuan Road, Hanyang District (汉阳区动物园路60号) (in Hanyang, about 2 km SW of Hanyang Railway Station (Hanyang Huoche Zhan subway station on Line 4). There is a bus stop outside the main entrance, which is served by bus nos. 42, 273, 361, 413, 553, 556, 580, 608, 622 and 646, as well as trolleybus nos. 5 and 7), +86 27 84844610 (enquiries), +86 27 84844187 (tickets). 08:00-20:00, no entry after 17:00. Although it is a zoo, there is more to this zoo than just animals. The zoo contains a small area of amusement park rides, and a beautiful bonsai garden. Of course, those who are interested in seeing the animals will not be disappointed, as the zoo features a Giant Panda (be aware that they occasionally take the panda out to travel to other parts of the country), red pandas, hippos, wolves, zebras, and many other popular zoo animals. No visit to this zoo would be complete without seeing one of the daily shows! Well-trained animals performing unbelievable stunts, from puppies doing tricks to bicycling bears. ¥20 (standard adult ticket), ¥10 (children aged 6 to 18 and adults aged 60 to 65). Children under 6 and adults over 65 can get in for free.  

HankouEdit

  • 28 Chenshia Museum (钻石艺术博物馆, Diamond Art Museum), 1 Lugou Bridge Road, Jiang'an District (江岸区芦沟桥路1号) (650 metres in a straight line from Huangpu Road Station on Metro Lines 1 and 8.), +86 27 82711616. 09:00-12:00, 14:00-17:00, no entry after 16:00, closed on Mondays. A private art museum established by Mr. Chen Dabing. The museum displays artworks from both Chinese and overseas artists. Free.
  • 29 Former Residence of Zhang Tianyou (詹天佑故居), 65 Dongting Street, Jiang'an District (江岸区洞庭街65号) (About 1 km northeast of Jianghan Road Station on Metro Lines 2 and 6, and about 1 km southeast of Dazhi Road Station on Metro Lines 1 and 6. The closest bus stop is Poyang Street & Sanling Road (鄱阳街兰陵路), which is served by bus no. 313. The second closest bus stop is Shengli Street & Lanling Road (胜利街兰陵路), which is served by bus nos. 38, 313, 402, 520, 526, 548, 608, 707 and 801), +86 27 82844493. 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:30, closed on Mondays. Zhang Tianyou (Jeme Tien-Yow) (1861-1919) was an outstanding engineer from Guangdong Province who is credited with being the 'father of China's railways'. He lived here from 1912 until his death in 1919. The mansion is open to the public and hosts an exhibition about Zhang's life. Free.
  • 30 Former Site of Wuhan Nationalist Government (武汉国民政府旧址), 708 Zhongshan Avenue, Jianghan District (江汉区中山大道708号) (A short distance east of Liudu Station on Metro Line 6), +86 27 85663790. 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:30, closed on Mondays. Originally built in 1917 for the Nanyang Brothers Tobacco Company. From January to September 1927, the building served as the seat of power for the Wuhan Nationalist Government, a government led by a left-wing faction of the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang), which briefly operated independently of Chiang Kai-Shek's government. A museum on the 3rd floor of the building explains the history. Free.    
  • 31 Hankou Customs House Museum (江汉关博物馆), 129 Yanjiang Avenue, Jianghan District (江汉区沿江大道129号) (740 metres southeast of Jianghan Road Station on Metro Lines 2 and 6), +86 27 82880866. 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:00, closed on Mondays. Built in 1924, the former customs house is one of Hankou's main landmarks. The bell of the European style building is still in use and chimes every hour from 08:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 21:00. Free.
 
Armed with the ideas of Mao Zedong, the people of Wuhan are fighting the flood of 1954
  • 32 Hankou Riverfront (汉口江滩), Yanjiang Avenue, Jiang'an District (江岸区沿江大道) (A number of metro stations can be found about 1km west of the waterfront. The closest one to the flood memorial is Sanyang Road Station on Lines 1 and 7), +86 27 82774567. Note the tall monument which, from far away, appears to be a monument to Mao Zedong, but which actually commemorates Wuhan's complicated relationship with its great river. Erected in 1969, tt's inscribed with Mao's poem "Swimming" (which not only celebrates the Yangtze in Wuhan, but also foresees the creation of the mighty hydro dams farther upstream), and decorated with reliefs depicting the citizens fighting the flood of 1954. Free.
  • 33 Hubei Electrical Power Museum (湖北省电力博物馆), 22 Hezuo Road, Jiang'an District (江岸区合作路22号) (Next door to Zhang Tianyou's former residence), +86 27 86607199. 08:30-16:00, closed on weekends. The museum is housed inside a former British-owned power station that dates from 1905. At the time, it was one of the largest power-generating facilities in China. Free.
  • 34 Wooden lion sculpture (东方醒狮), CFD Times Fortune Center, 468 Xinhua Road, Jianghan District (江汉区新华路468号CFD时代财富中心) (About 500 metres west of Lingjiao Lake Metro Station on Line 3). A large carving of a lion. The world's largest redwood sculpture, at 14.5 m long and 5 m high, carved from a single tree trunk. Officially named the Oriental Lion. Free.
  • 35 Wuhan Expo Garden (武汉园博园), Jinnan 2nd Road, Qiaokou District (硚口区金南二路8号) (just west of the racetrack, a couple miles NW of the Hankou Railway Station. Take a metro train to the Expo Garden Station on Line 7), +86 27 87159999 (general hotline), +86 27 65027332 (complaints centre), . 08:30-17:30 (hours are typically extended for special events such as the lantern festival), no entry after 17:00. This is a large (a mile across) exhibition grounds on Wuhan's northwestern outskirts. Constructed from scratch on the site of a former landfill, it opened in the fall of 2015 for the 10th China (Wuhan) International Garden Expo (2015年第十届中国(武汉)国际园林博览会). There are two large exhibition buildings on site; at the time (Nov 2015) one has a garden expo running, the other has exhibits from the collections of various museums (jade carvings, coins, furniture, porcelain, etc.) The rest of the grounds are landscaped, divided into a hundred or so themed sections: a dozen or so dedicated to various foreign countries, the rest, to various cities of China. Overall, although the landscaping is nice, one can visit plenty of similarly nice landscaped sites for free (or for a nominal admission fee) elsewhere in Wuhan, in city parks or on university campuses. The most crowded place at the site seems to be the huge, but rather overpriced cafeteria (which is also divided into themed sections, dedicated to various regions' cuisine). Many visitors choose to bring their own snacks - there are plenty of benches around the site for picnicking! The expo formally ended in May 2016, but the garden remains open to visitors. ¥60 (standard adult ticket), ¥30 (children aged from 6 to 18 and adults aged between 60 and 65). Children under 6 years of age and adults over 65 can get in for free.
    • 36 Wuhan Natural History Museum and Behring River & Life Museum (武汉自然博物馆·贝林大河生命馆), Wuhan Expo Garden, Jinnan 2nd Road, Qiaokou District (硚口区金南二路8号武汉园博园内) (In the middle of Wuhan Expo Garden), +86 27 83696278, . 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:30, closed on Mondays. General admission to the museum is included with the ticket for the Wuhan Expo Garden..
    • 37 Yangtze River Civilization Museum (长江文明馆, Changjiang Civilization Museum), Wuhan Expo Garden, Jinnan 2nd Road, Qiaokou District (硚口区金南二路8号武汉园博园内) (In the middle of Wuhan Expo Garden), +86 27 83696278, . 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:30, closed on Mondays. General admission to the museum is included with the ticket for the Wuhan Expo Garden. Guided tours of the museum are available in English for ¥200 (or in Chinese for ¥100). The tour takes around 60 minutes..
  • 38 Wuhan Art Museum (武汉美术馆), 2 Baohua Street, Jiang'an District (江岸区保华街2号) (About 500 metres north of Jianghan Road Metro Station on Lines 2 and 6), +86 27 82602713, . 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:00, closed on Mondays. The museum is housed inside the former Jincheng Bank, a neoclassical building that dates from the 1930s. The building was used as a military headquarters by the Japanese during their occupation of the city in World War II. Free.
  • 39 Wuhan Museum (武汉博物馆), 373 Qingnian Road, Jianghan District (江汉区青年路373号) (Metro Line 2; Hankou Railway Station), +86 27 85601377, +86 27 65650603. 9:00-17:00,no entry after 16:00, closed on Fridays. A major museum on the edge of Houxiang River Park (后襄河公园). Free.    
  • 40 Wuhan Museum of Science and Technology (武汉科学技术官), 91 Yanjiang Avenue, Jiang'an District (江岸区沿江大道91号) (About 1 km east of Jianghan Road Metro Station (Lines 2 and 6). Bus routes 7, 9, 30, 119, 212, 248, 313, 408, 502, 503, 523, 527, 559, 601, 606, 721, 737 and 793), +86 27 50755500, . 09:00-16:30, no tickets issued after 15:30, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Entry is limited to 3000 visitors per day. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Free.
  • 41 Wuhan Planning Exhibition Hall (武汉规划展示馆), Wuhan Citizens Home, 117 Jinqiao Avenue, Jiang'an District (江岸区金桥大道117号武汉市民之家) (Right outside the Wuhan Citizens Home Metro Station on Line 3), +86 27 85661111. 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:30, closed on Sundays. Maintains exhibitions on urban development and planning in Wuhan. Free.
  • 42 Wuhan Water Conservation Science and Technology Museum (武汉节水科技馆), 19 Yanjiang Avenue, Jiang'an District (江岸区沿江大道19号) (About 1km southeast of Huangpu Road Metro Station on Lines 1 and 8), +86 27 82961923, . 09:00-16:00, closed on Mondays. The only museum in China focused specifically on the theme of water conservation. Free.

In the suburbs and rural areasEdit

  • 43 Hougong Lake Wetlands Park (后官湖湿地公园), 58 Pengjiashantou, Caidian District (蔡甸区彭家山头58号) (Metro Line 4, Xinnong Station, Exit A. The entrance to the park is right outside the station), +86 27 69112210. Open all day. There is a musical fountain in the park, which is switched on at 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday nights. General admission is free.
  • 44 Jiuzhenshan Scenic Area (九真山风景区, Mount Jiuzhen Scenic Area), Lufang Village, Yong'an Street, Caidian District (蔡甸区永安街炉房村) (Take a metro train to Linzhang Avenue Station on Line 4, leave the station via Exit A, then take bus no. 227 to Mengyong Highway Archery Club (孟永公路射箭馆). The entrance to the scenic area is about 1.3 km west of there), +86 27 63903030. 08:30-17:00. ¥60 (adults), ¥30 (children over 1.2 metres in height and adults aged between 60 and 65). Children under 1.2 metres in height and adults aged over 65 enjoy free entry.
  • 45 Longquanshan Scenic Area (龙泉山风景区, Mount Longquan Scenic Area), Longquan Township, Jiangxia District (江夏区龙泉乡) (Bus 909 from Fozuling Metro Station (Line 2) to the Chutian Mingshan(楚天名山) bus stop, or a 16-km drive or bike ride across the city's new business area and rural suburbs), +86 27 81620543. 08:00-17:00. The resting place of 9 members of the local branch of the Ming Dynasty (starting with one of the sons of the first Ming Emperor), decorated with temples, pavilions, and 3 stele-bearing turtles (bixi), set in the countryside a few miles to the southeast of Wuhan, proudly described as Wuhan's answer to the Ming Tombs of Beijing. A trail leads to a hilltop tower, from which great views of the area could be seen if the visibility were better. ¥36. Some areas don't require payment.
  • 46 Mulan Grassland (木兰草原 Mulan Caoyuan), Zhangjiazha Village, Wangjia River Town, Huangpi District (黄陂区王家河镇张家榨村) (Take bus no. 292 from Hankou Railway Station to the Diaotaidao Huangpi Passenger Transport Centre (钓台道黄陂客运中心, then catch bus no. p801 and get off at the first stop - the Mulan Caoyuan bus stop), +86 27 85853021, +86 27 85854539. Normally open 08:00-20:00. Mulan Grassland closed in November 2019 for renovations but is expected to reopen in 2020. According to legend, this is where Hua Mulan learnt to ride a horse and use a bow and arrow. The area is now a kind of Mongolian-esque theme park. Visitors can practice archery, go horse riding, rafting, rowing, grass skiing or ice skating (though these activities attract extra charges). There is also a special peformance, which depicts some of the cavalry battles from the Mulan legend. General admission is ¥78. Tickets for the performance cost ¥120.
  • 47 Mulan Heaven Lake (木兰天池 Mulan Tianchi), Shimen, Changxuanling Subdistrict, Huangpi District (黄陂区长轩岭街石门) (Take bus no. 292 from Hankou Railway Station to the Diaotaidao Huangpi Passenger Transport Centre (钓台道黄陂客运中心, then catch bus no. p70 and get off at the Mulan Tianchi bus stop), +86 27 61518923, +86 27 61518926, toll-free: +86 400 0279993, . 07:30-17:30, no entry after 16:30. General admission is ¥70. Walking across the glass bridge costs an extra ¥110. The cable car is ¥160 going up, ¥140 going down or ¥210 for both directions.
  • 48 Mulanshan Scenic Area (木兰山风景区, Mount Mulan Scenic Area), Huangpi District (黄陂区) (Take bus no. 292 from Hankou Railway Station to the Diaotaidao Huangpi Passenger Transport Centre (钓台道黄陂客运中心, then catch either bus no. p803 or one of the special tourist buses that go to Mulanshan), +86 27 61502718, toll-free: +86 400 0027838, . 08:00-19:00. Mulanshan (or Mount Mulan) is named after Hua Mulan, the legendary female Chinese warror who is now widely known outside China thanks to Disney. According to some versions of the story, Hua Mulan lived in the area with her grandmother before joining the army. There is a small museum about Hua Mulan near the entrance to the scenic area. The mountain is dotted with old Buddhist and Taoist temples, some of which date back to the Sui and Tang dynasties. See here for the official map. ¥80; some individual sights charge their own fees; the temple area charges ¥30. The cable car charges ¥35 for a return ticket.
  • 49 Panlongcheng National Archaeological Park (盘龙城国家考古遗址公园), 1 Panlong Avenue, Longcheng Economic Development Zone, Huangpi District (黄陂区盘龙城经济开发区盘龙大道一号) (Panlongcheng Metro Station, Line 2. The nearest bus stop is the Panlong Avenue Xiaochen Bay (盘龙大道肖陈湾) bus stop, which is served by bus routes 286, 289, 290, 296, 299 and p142), +86 27 61915773. 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:00, closed on Mondays. One of the largest archaeological sites of the bronze-age Erligang civilization, which flourished in central China from 1500 to 1460 BC. Artefacts are displayed at the 50 Panlongcheng Site Museum (盘龙城遗址博物院). Visitors are required to make a booking before visiting. Bookings can be made by phone or by WeChat. Free.    
  • 51 Yunwushan Scenic Area (云雾山风景区, Mount Yunwu Scenic Area), Paotongdian Village, Lijiaji Town, Huangpi District (黄陂区李家集镇泡桐店村) (Take bus no. 292 from Hankou Railway Station to the Diaotaidao Huangpi Passenger Transport Centre (钓台道黄陂客运中心, then catch bus no. p111 and get off at the final stop. Finally, transfer to bus no. p36. The bus terminates just oustide the visitor centre), +86 27 61661366, toll-free: +86 400 9913666. 08:00-17:30. Best known for its many azaleas, which are in full bloom during the months of April and May. General admission is ¥65. A combo ticket, which includes both general admission plus entry to the wax museum, the ice sculpture museum and Dinosaur Valley is also available for ¥100. The slide costs ¥25 and the sightseeing cars charge ¥10 person.
 
SS Zhongshan
  • 52 Zhongshan Warship Museum (武汉市中山舰博物馆), 1 Zhongshan Jian Road, Jinkou Subdistrict, Jiangxia District (江夏区金口街中山舰路特1号) (Bus routes 910 and 919. You can catch bus no. 919 from the bus stop outside Tanxinpei Park Station on Metro Line 7), +86 27 81561913. Tu-Su and public holidays 09:00-17:00; entrance closes at 16:00. This museum, near the right bank of the Yangtze in the far southwestern suburbs of Wuhan, commemorates a naval battle that happened here, hundreds of miles from the sea, in October 1938. Sunk by the Japanese aviation - just three years before the Pearl Harbor attack on the US fleet - the Chinese warship Zhongshan was raised from the bottom of the Yangzte in 1997, restored, and is now displayed in this museum's main hall. Adjacent are exhibits on the history of the ship, as well as the process of its lifting from the river bottom and its restoration. On the top of a hill across the small lake from the museum is a memorial to the 25 sailors, including the ship's captain, who found their watery grave in the Yangtze, far from their hometowns on Fujian's northern coast. The lake is surrounded by sculptures commemorating various aspects of the Battle of Wuhan in 1938, as well as of the city's eventual liberation after the surrender of Japan in 1945. Various other exhibits of military and patriotic nature, such as a sampling of PLA's older weaponry, can be seen here as well. Free.    

DoEdit

 
A bixi turtle at the Qingchuan Pavilion, and the Turtle Mountain TV Tower
  • 1 Jiqing Street (吉庆街, 吉庆民俗街 Jiqing Folk Street), Jiang'an District, Hankou (汉口江岸区) (Walk there from Jianghan Road Station on Metro Lines 2 & 6 or Xunlimen Station on Metro Lines 1 & 2). An ordinary-seeming street by day, becomes transformed by night into a bewildering maze of streetside restaurants and buskers performing music, dance, opera and stand-up comedy. It is a strongly-recommended experience. Food is plentiful and cheap, and it features a lot of unique local cuisine. The performances can be enjoyed by proxy as performers work other tables or they can be purchased. One can expect to pay about ¥10 per song performed. Other performances are more based on contributions—the more you contribute, the longer the performers will do their routines and the more daring/interesting/funny the routines will be.
  • Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Festival). fifth day of the fifth lunar month at the East Lake. The famous Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated throughout China however, its origins lie with the ancient Chu Kingdom that resided in Hubei Province and surrounding provinces during the Warring States Period. The festival was brought about from the story of Qu Yuan, advisor of King Huai, who had made many predictions about the dangers of the surrounding kingdoms to their own. Qu Yuan had advised the king on ways to protect the Chu Kingdom, but the king refused to listen and instead banished his advisor from the court. Years later, when word reached Qu Yuan that all of his predictions had come true, he committed suicide in the river out of despair over the fall of his kingdom. It is said that the people of the town loved him so much that they paddled down the river in dragon boats making music and throwing rice into the river so that the fish would not eat his body. This event is believed to have occurred on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, and the festival is celebrated in much the same way today as the event had occurred with the dragon boats and music in the river. People eat zongi, special rice wrapped in bamboo leaves, on this holiday. Although Qu Yuan is said to have drown himself in the Miluo River, just outside of Hubei Province, the festival is believed to have originated in Wuhan.
    Throughout the rest of the year, one can often see teams of dragon boat paddlers exercising on the city's lakes and rivers. For one of the sites, see Chuidi Scenic Area in the "See" section.
       
  • 2 Happy Valley Wuhan (武汉欢乐谷), 196 Huanle Avenue, East Lake Eco-Tourism Zone, Hongshan District (洪山区东湖生态旅游风景区欢乐大道196号) (Take a subway train to Renhe Station on Line 4, then walk or transfer to Bus #545. Other buses that come here include buses # 316, 392, 534, 566, 734, 782 and yx782), +86 27 88518861. 09:30 to 21:30 (rides have varying opening hours; some rides open as late as 12:00 and some rides close as early as 16:00). If you like roller coasters or just rides in general, be sure to check out this amusement park. It has some of the fastest and most scary rides in Asia. The gem is a Strata Coaster 30-story tall and reach 135km/h when it launched. Other notable rides include a wooden coaster and 3 other steel ones. ¥200 (adults), ¥140 (children between 1.1 and 1.4 metres in height plus adults aged between 65 and 69), ¥180 (children over 1.4 metres in height). Children under 1.1 metres in height and adults over 70 enjoy free entry.    
  • 3 Qintai Grand Theatre (琴台大剧院), 7 Zhiyin Avenue, Hanyang District (汉阳区知音大道7号) (Exit C, Qintai Metro Station, Line 6), +86 27 84803018, +86 27 84810888. The ticket office is usually open from 09:30-17:30. Performances are typically held in the evenings.
  • 4 Qintai Concert Hall (琴台音乐厅), 6 Zhiyin Avenue, Hanyang District (汉阳区知音大道6号) (Exit C, Qintai Metro Station, Line 6), +86 27 81880089.
  • 5 The Han Show Theatre (汉秀剧场, 别克汉秀剧场 Buik Han Show Theatre), Building 2, Donghu Road, Shuiguohu Street, Wuchang District (武昌区水果湖街东湖路138号-2栋) (700 metres southeast of Chuhe Han Street (Chuhehanjie) Metro Station on Line 4. The nearest bus stop is Donghu Rd & Chuhe Han St (东湖路楚河汉街), which is served by bus nos. 14, 411, 552, 578, 701, 709 and 810), toll-free: +86 400 8270055.
  • 6 Wuhan International Conference & Exhibition Center (武汉国际会展中心), 696 Jiefang Avenue, Jianghan District, Hankou (汉口江汉区解放大道696号 (Halfway between Liji North Road Station and Youyi Road Station on Metro Line 1. Close to Zhongshan Park Station on Metro Line 2), +86 27 85816189.
  • 7 Wuhan International Expo Center (武汉国际博览中心), 619 Yingwu Avenue, Hanyang District (汉阳区鹦鹉大道619号) (Metro Line 6; North International Expo Center Station and South International Expo Centre Station), +86 27 86655088.

LearnEdit

Wuhan boasts eight national colleges and universities among its 36 colleges and universities. The city is among one of the biggest collegetown with over a million of college students in town. Most of the colleges are in Wuchang and around the Optics Valley Square (Guanggu Guangchang). The OVS station ranks the highest for subway ridership in the system ever since its opening.

NationalEdit

  • Wuhan University(武汉大学 Wǔhàn Dàxué), It is regarded as one of the top ten universities in China, and its history dates back to 1893, making it one of China's oldest institutions of higher learning. It was also one of the first modern "national universities" in post-dynastic China. See more info above, under "See".
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology (华中科技大学 Huázhōng Kējì Dàxué), another of the top ten Chinese university in Wuhan, evolved from a 1953 school specialized in science and engineering studies. It is now a university providing complete education, but some of its engineering programs are among the best in China. It has a medical campus in Hankou (Tongji Medical School), but the main campus is on Luoyu Road, Wuchang. The campus is decorated with a number of parks and lotus ponds, and plenty of public sculpture, including the monuments to Mao Zedong (at the main entrance of the main campus), Albert Einstein (near the dorms and the dining hall on the Eastern Campus, 东校区), and Confucius (in front of the Academic Building West 12, 西十二教学楼, in the western part of the main campus). The forested Yujiashan Mountain (喻家山) at the campus' northern edge offers pleasant hiking trail and a viewpoint with great views of most of the East Lake region (in right weather, of course). The future Guanshankou Station on the eastern extension of Subway Line 2 will be located near the campus' main entrance; at present, take Line 2 to Guanggu Guanchang, and then walk a mile east or take any eastbound bus in Luoyu Rd to Guanshankou 关山口 stop. From the campus' main entrance of Guanshankou, electric minibuses circulate around the campus along several routes.
  • South-Central University for Nationalities(中南民族大学 Zhōngnán Mínzú Dàxué). It is a national university in Wuhan under the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of PRC. It is a comprehensive university founded in 1951 and formerly known as the South Central College for Nationalities(Chinese: 中南民族学院). In March 2002, the school adopted the current name. It is one of the 6 national higher education institutes for ethnic minorities in China. The campus has a pleasant waterfront on Wuhan's South Lake (南湖 Nanhu).
  • Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU) (华中农业大学) also known as Central China Agricultural University, HZAU is a multi-disciplinary comprehensive university in Wuhan, giving priority to agriculture, characterized by life sciences and supplemented by the combination of agriculture, basic sciences, engineering, liberal arts, law, agricultural economics, economic trade, and management. HZAU, one of the first groups of universities in China which are authorized to confer Ph.D. and M.A. degrees, has produced the new China's first doctor majoring in agronomy. As far as education quality and academic level, HZAU ranks first among the agricultural universities in China. In addition, it has been converted into a nationally important base for training senior special agricultural personnel and developing agricultural science and technology. It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Double First Class Discipline University, with Double First Class status in certain disciplines.Covering an area of 495 hectares, the campus contains well-spaced teaching blocks and lab buildings and is surrounded on three sides by clear lakes and backed by green hills, making it an ideal place for teaching and research. HZAU has established exchange and cooperation relationships with over 150 institutions of 40 countries and regions such as the United States, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Britain, France, and Pakistan built up joint training programs with many foreign universities. In addition, there are 20 international foundations and organizations who have developed cooperation programs with HZAU. HZAU also hosts many international students. The university has an International College, engaged in enrollment and management of foreign students (including undergraduates, postgraduates and doctoral students, post doctorates and visiting scholars), management and teaching of Chinese as a foreign language of international exchange students. Up to now, there are about 500 foreign students from 50 countries and regions to receive further education in HZAU. Most of these students are sponsored by fully funded scholarships by China Scholarship Council (CSC).

BuyEdit

MallsEdit

 
Jianghan Road by night.
  • 1 Jianghan Road Pedestrian Mall (江汉路步行街, 江汉路步行商业街), jianghan District, Hankou (汉口江汉区) (Jianghan Road Metro Station on Lines 2 and 6 or Xunlimen Metro Station on Lines 1 and 2), +86 27 82753768. Of potential interest to a visitor, a pedestrian mall almost as long as Shanghai's famed East Nanjing Road. During the day it is an interesting look at rampant consumerism in China's rapidly-growing middle class. At night, starting at 19:00, it is the same but is expanded on each side a few blocks deep by a night market with literally thousands of little stalls hawking every variety of goods imaginable: makeup, souvenirs, clothing, housewares, food, music, movies, etc.

Books and mapsEdit

  • 2 Optics Valley Book Store (光谷书城 Guanggu Shucheng), Level B1, Optics Valley Capital Building, 1 Minyuan Road, Guanshan Subdistrict, Hongshan District (洪山区关山街道民院路1号光谷资本大厦B1层) (Optics Valley Square subway station (Line 2)), +86 27 67885215, +86 +86 27 87650028, . 09:30-21:00. A major book store, next to the numerous shopping malls of Optics Valley Square (Guanggu Guangchang 光谷广场). Has a small section with books China in foreign languages (mostly English), and books for foreigner studying Chinese. The actual book store is, as of 2018, part of the national Xinhua chain. This is the part of the city where all the universities are, so if you look like a Westerner, you'd occasionally encounter a student who'd like to practice his/her English.
  • 3 Changjiang Book City (长江书城, Changjiang Shucheng), Changjiang Chongwen Plaza, 268 Xiongchu Avenue, Hongshan District (洪山区雄楚大道268号长江崇文广场) (near Loushi South Road (珞狮南路), about 3 km east of Wuchang Train Station; take bus nos. 556, 777 or 908 from the station), +86 27 87679000, +86 13397199597. 09:00-21:30. Two separate medium-sized book stores run by the same company, on two separate floors of the same building. While pleasant enough, these two stores combined are much smaller than the huge Chongwen Book City (崇文书城) that used to occupy an entire floor of this distinctive building (Chongwen Plaza) more than a decade ago.
  • 4 Hubei Province Foreign Languages Book Shop (湖北省外文书店 Hubei Sheng Waiwen Shudian), 11 Zhongnan Road, Wuchang District (武昌区中南路11号) (Zhongnan Road subway station (Lines 2 and 4), just north of Wulou Road, no English sign), +86 27 87321888. 09:30-21:30 (the 2nd and 6th floors are open till 24:00). Another big book shop. The "foreign languages" in its name seems to refer mostly to the textbooks and dictionaries of foreign languages for the Chinese audience and the books translated into Chinese from foreign languages, but they carry some literature in English as well.

SeedsEdit

  • 5 Vegetable seed shops, The west side of Zhongshan Road (中山路) between Ziyang Road and Wuluo Road in Wuchang District (one block north of Wuchang Railway Station). If you are interested in the origin of all the produce you see in Chinese markets and restaurants, you can visit the stores from which farmers and amateur gardeners buy vegetable seeds. There are several dozens seed shops in Wuhan, mostly having the word 种苗 zhongmiao ("seedling") in their names, and they all are concentrated on one block of Zhongshan Road, conveniently located next to a train station and a bus station (to better serve rural customers). Seeds are packaged in somewhat larger bags than those you typically see in North American or European retail shops; some are sold in bulk as well. If you actually plan to buy some seeds and take them outside of China, be aware about any applicable customs and quarantine regulations in your home country.

EatEdit

Wuhan is famous for its morning xiaochi - a variety of breakfast foods. Hubuxiang in Wuchang is Wuhan's famous breakfast alley where you will find all of Wuhan's famous breakfast dishes. Reganmian (热干面) (literally, "hot dry noodle") is the epitome of Wuhan's breakfast food. It is noodles with peanut sauce, tossed in sesame paste and other seasonings. You will find these noodles for ¥2 from street vendors. Other Wuhan breakfast specialties include mianwo, a type of savory donut; tangbao (汤包), small dumpling-buns filled with pork and soup; mibaba, a lightly sweetened pancake made with rice flour; and mijiu tangyuan (米酒汤圆), a sweet soup of rice wine (fermented from glutinous rice) with rice flour dumplings sometimes stuffed with sesame paste.

Real men find their fuel on the streets betwixt the hours of 12:00-05:00. On these streets there are generous and well-meaning folk selling dumplings, noodles, wok food, and foies gras. On the odd occasion that the lounge is closed, one is able to sit outside and enjoy the night air, the delightful local dialect, and any foods you order. If you are in the mood for a more romantic night on the town, there are countless 3-wall restaurants with candle lights upon the tables, live music flowing from the muses' mouths, and 4-star restaurants' finest fair at a reasonable and sanitary locale.

Since Wuchang is an education center with many universities hosting so many international students, therefore, a number of South Asian and Arabic cuisine restaurants have opened in the city. These restaurants are equally popular among Chinese and the foreigners, especially the international students.

  • 1 Desi Masala (德西玛莎拉巴基斯坦餐厅, Pakistani Cuisine Restaurant), F1-002 Future City Building, 147 Luoshi South Road, Hongshan District (洪山区珞狮南路147号来城购物公园F1层002) (exit from Jiedaokou Subway Station, Line 2, B Exit, take U-turn towards main square and turn left towards Future City Building (Joy Park); enter inside the Future City Building and come upstairs to F1 floor (WeChat: DesiMasala)), +86 27 87560708, . All week 10:00-22:00. Traditional Pakistani dishes such as Chicken/Mutton/Beef Karahi, Vegetable Pakora and Samosa, Cheese Naan, Garlic Naan, Shahi Kheer, Seekh Kebab, Chicken Tikka, Raita, Daal Makhni, Beef Handi, Pizza, Burger, Salad, Soup and Tandoori BBQ with a vegan option. The restaurant also hosts a weekly buffet on Saturdays for which the price for lunch is ¥52 and the dinner for ¥68. The restaurant is co-owned by Pakistani and Chinese owners. Its environment has a Mughal Empire theme. The staff speaks both English and Chinese. ¥50-60 for a reasonable meal.
  • 2 Kebab Kingdom (烤巴巴王国), Shop 1, Zone A, Manjianghong Building Annex 1, Central China Normal University, 152 Luoyu Road, Hongshan District (洪山区珞喻路152号华中师范大学满江红大楼附一楼A区1号门面) (The university may be accessed via Jiedaokou or Guangbutun stations on Metro Line 2), +86 13638648346. 11:00-21:30. kebabs in Turkish style plus some Indian dishes. Deliveries from 11:30-21:00, free a 2-km radius and ¥4 for orders more than ¥30 for a 3-km radius. ¥20.
  • 3 Real Taste (Real Taste 巴基斯坦餐厅), 14-66 Shizishan North Street, Hongshan District (洪山区狮子山北路66-14号) (near Huazhong Agricultural University in Hongshan district, on the south side of South Lake. The nearest bus stop is Lanhuayu Lakeshore, South Lake Avenue (南湖大道澜花语岸), which is served by bus nos. 72, 371, 567 (inner and outer circle routes), 570, 590 and 777. You can catch bus no. 570 from the west end of South Lake Avenue, just outside the Hubei University of Technology Metro Station on Line 7), +86 18271813481. All week 10:00-22:00. Traditional Pakistani dishes such as Biryani, Chicken Curry, Cheese Naan, Gol Gappay, Seekh Kebab, Chicken Handi. The restaurant also hosts a weekly buffet for ¥55 per person which is quite popular in international students of Wuhan. ¥50 for a decent meal with a soft drink.
  • Indian Marka (印度玛咖餐厅). Traditional Indian cuisine with a vegan option. Indian Marka is a quite popular chain of restaurants in Wuhan with at least three franchises in the City. ¥60 for a decent meal.
    • 4 Indian Marka World City Plaza (印度玛咖 世界城广场店), 5th Floor, World City Plaza, Optics Valley Square, 766 Luoyu Road, Hongshan District (洪山区珞喻路766号世界城广场5层) (Close to Luoxiang Road Station on Metro Line 2), +86 27 87781899, +86 17839167207.
    • 5 Indian Marka Yintai Creation City (印度玛咖餐厅 银泰创意城店), 7F002 Yintai Creation City (near New world Department Store), 35 Luoyu Road, Mingnan Street, Luonan Subdistrict, Hongshan District (洪山区珞南街珞喻路35号银泰创意城F7) (Exit C, Jiedaokou Metro Station, Line 2), +86 27 8788842.
    • 6 Indian Marka LIVAT Centre Wuhan (印度玛咖 武汉荟聚中心店), 4-13-08-SU, LIVAT Centre Wuhan, No. 1 Expo Garden Avenue, Qiaokou District (硚口区园博大道1号武汉荟聚购物中心F4,4-13-08-SU) (Zhuyehai Metro Station, Line 1), +86 27 83387787.
  • 7 Hubu Lane (户部巷 Hubu Xiang), Wuchang District (武昌区) (Bounded by Minzhu Road at the south end at Ziyu Road at the north end. About 300 metres northwest of the western entrance to Yellow Crane Tower Park. The nearest bus stop is Jiefang Road & Houchang Street (解放路后长街), which is served by bus nos. 14, 15, 514, 521, 539, 542, 566, 572, 573, 607, and 717), +86 27 88859682, +86 27 88859685. A well-known place where you can find all kinds of famous foods, including Reganmian (热干面) and mianwo (面窝).

DrinkEdit

There are a few drinks that are associated with the city. Included in this list is Jingjiu (a healthy alternative to regular wines), Baijiu. If you would like to taste something slightly more low key, there is a local micro-brew called Singo (Xingyinge), that will be the beginning of every good night, at ¥1.5 per bottle.

Wuchang (武昌)Edit

  • 1 Grammy Club International (格莱美国际俱乐部), 124 Minzu Avenue, Optics Valley Square, Hongshan District (洪山区光谷广场民族大道124号) (About 470 metres south of Optics Valley Square metro Station), +86 27 87173333. 19:00-03:00. One of Wuhan's international clubs, playing R'n'B, hip hop and rap music.
  • 2 Helen's Cafe Zhuodao Spring Branch (Helens小酒馆 武汉卓刀泉店), Level 2, Building 1, Zhuodao Spring Antiques & Jewellery City, 370 Luoyu Road, Hongshan District (洪山区珞喻路370号卓刀泉古玩珠宝城四合院1楼2层) (East of the Zhuodao Spring Intersection (卓刀泉立交), 900 metres southeast of Guangbutun Station on Metro Line 2), +86 27 65383878, +86 27 62437445. 19:00-02:00. Pizza, Pasta, Hamburgers that are fine for the taste and great for the price. Beer, shishah and a wide variety of cocktails means the dance floor fills up as the night gets on. Wednesday night is ladies night and it is the place to be. Lots of foreigners, good pizza, good drinks. Can play your own music if you like - sometimes a blessing, sometimes a curse. Ladies night Wednesday night - a weekly highlight. Helen's Cafe also has around 10 other branches in the city besides this one. Cheap.
  • 3 Pin Club (品酒吧, formerly known as Top One Bar), 88 Luoshi North Road, Hongshan District (洪山区珞狮北路88) (On the north end of Luoshi Road(珞狮路) close to Wuhan University. 300 metres northeast of Jiedaokou Metro Station on Line 2), +86 13016464840. 08:00-04:00. Chinese style club, lots of tables, live entertainment and not a lot of dance floor. Beers start at about ¥30.
  • 4 Queens Bar (妖后酒吧), 82 Luoshi North Road, Hongshan District (洪山区珞狮北路82号) (Near Pin Club), +86 27 87878799. As of December 2019, the bar is reportedly closed for renovations. In Wuchang's own little club district, refurbished. Limited dance floor, plenty of tables, liquor by the bottle. Friendly atmosphere towards foreigners. Beers start at about ¥30.
  • 5 VOX Livehouse, Guoguang Building, 118 Lumo Road, Hongshan District (洪山区鲁磨路118号国光大厦) (About 1.6 km north of Optics Valley Square Metro Station on Line 2. The nearest bus stop is Lumo Road Caojia Bay (鲁磨路曹家湾), which is served by bus nos. 59, 72, 340, 401, 625 and 709), +86 27 87596030, +86 13437251621 (Chinese), +86 13163308577 (English). 19:30-02:00 (extended till 04:00 on weekends). The most popular bar in Wuhan for non-Chinese, VOX is a small bar which regularly has shows on the weekend playing host to underground Chinese acts ranging from rock, punk and indie to experimental. Has a DJ after shows playing electro, indie-dance-rock among other things. Beers start at ¥5.
  • 6 Wuhan Prison, Block A semi-basement, Guoguang Building, 118 Lumo Road, Hongshan District (洪山区鲁磨路118号国光大厦A座半地下室) (Next to the BBQs and VOX Livehouse on Lumo Road. Beneath the 7 Days Inn), +86 15902773437. 18:30-02:30. A dirty, frenzy free for all anything goes dive bar. They have absinthe. Good luck getting out of there sober. Staff is friendly (by Chinese standards); clientele includes locals as well as European and (to a slightly lesser extent) Anglophone expats.

Hanyang (汉阳)Edit

  • 7 The Toucan Bar (爱尔兰巨嘴鸟酒吧), Ground Floor, Holiday Inn Wuhan Riverside, 88 Ximachang Street, Hanyang District (汉阳区洗马长街88号晴川假日酒店1楼) (The nearest bus stop is the Qingchuan Avenue & Qingchuan Pavilion (晴川大道晴川阁) bus stop, which is served by bus nos. 30, 531, 532, 535, 553, 559, 561, 711 and 803. The nearest metro station is Qintai Station on Line 2, which is about 2 km west of here), +86 27 68845495. 18:00-24:00 (weekdays), 14:00-02:00 (weekends). Irish bar, pool table, watch sports, Guinness on tap. ¥25 for a something which resembles a pint..

Hankou (汉口)Edit

  • 8 Brussels Beer Garden, 8/8 Xibeihu Road, Jianghan District (江汉区西北湖路8附8号) (About 650 metres norheast of Wangjiadun East Metro Station on Lines 2 and 7), +86 27 85566465. 18:00-02:00 (weekdays), 15:00-02:00 (weekends). A good range of Belgian and German beers on draft and bottled.
  • Jianghan Riverside Club District, Set among the main entrance to the Hankou Riverfront (汉口江滩) and next to Hankou's ferry port (汉口江滩轮船) (About 1.5 to 2 km northeast of Jianghan Road Metro Station on Lines 2 and 6). Multiple Chinese style clubs with limited dancefloors but plenty of lounges and tables for lively and expensive drinking. As of 2019, Muse Club and Soho Bar are highlights. Venues generally close between 02:00-04:00, later on holidays such as Western New Years Eve. Wuchang residents can stay to 06:00 and catch the ferry across the river for breakfast at Hubu Lane.
    • 9 Muse Club (苏格缪斯酒吧), Ground Level, Hankou Riverfront Park Entrance, Jiang'an District (江岸区汉口江滩公园门口主1层), +86 27 82790888. 20:00-04:00.
    • 10 Soho Bar (苏荷酒吧), 158 Yanjiang Avenue, Jiang'an District (江岸区沿江大道158号), +86 27 52233669, +86 27 52233668. 20:00-02:00.

SleepEdit

BudgetEdit

 
Budget hotels in a small lane near the Wuchang Railway Station
  • 1 Lovely Journey International Youth Hostel (暖途国际青年旅舍), 264 Maowu Ridge, Lumo Road, Hongshan District (武汉洪山区鲁磨路茅屋岭264号) (take line 2 to the easternmost stop, Optics Valley (光谷广场); get off at stop C and walk south along the east side of Renmin Ave (人民大道) until you get to the 625 stop which will take you north; get off at the Lumo Rd. Bigeshan stop (鲁磨路毕阁山) and walk north), +86 27 87886151. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. A friendly hostel with a warm and cozy interior. The area is somewhat shady (some prostitutes hang out south of the hostel) and noisy (dogs will sometimes bark late at night) but the staff is friendly and they offer laundry, internet and plenty of bathrooms and showers. You will probably need to speak some Chinese to talk to the receptionist. Room rates start from ¥115, Dorm bed rates start from ¥45.

Mid-rangeEdit

  • 2 Citadines Zhuankou Wuhan (馨乐庭武汉沌口服务公寓), No. 159 Dongfeng Avenue, Wuhan Economic & Technological Development Zone, Caidian District (蔡甸区经济技术开发区东风大道159号) (A short distance southwest of Dongfeng Company Metro Station on Lines 3 and 6), +86 27 84218000, fax: +86 27 84218008, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. All 249 apartments, ranging from studios to two-bedroom layouts, have separate living and dining areas, a kitchen, broadband internet access and a home entertainment system. Daily rates starts from ¥279.50.
  • 3 Holiday Inn Wuhan Riverside (武汉晴川假日酒店), 88 Ximachang St, Hanyang District (汉阳区洗马长街88号) (2 km north of Lanjiang metro station), +86 27 84716688 4105, toll-free: +86 400 8302766 (China), +1 18884654329 (US), . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. On the banks of the Yangtze River, clean slick business hotel with 315 rooms - try for north-facing to see the riverfront light show at night. A 40 min walk to the metro and not much nearby, but the footpath onto Yangtze Bridge starts opposite the hotel, one hour to walk across to Yellow Crane Tower. B&B double ¥450.
  • 4 Junwei Hotel (武汉军威大酒店, formerly known as the Hayi Jinjiang Hotel), 1 Hongshan Road, Wuchang District (武昌区洪山路特1号) (Close to Exit B5 of Hongshan Square Metro Station on Lines 2 and 4), +86 27 87126666. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. An intelligent building in the heart of the Wuchang District, offers 72 rooms with cutting edge amenities that are perfect for busy executives. It also has a variety of event venues to suit every function, as well as dining options where you can have the best of local cuisine. Daily rates start from ¥385.

SplurgeEdit

  • 5 New World Wuhan Hotel (武汉新世界酒店), 630 Jiefang Avenue, Qiaokou District, Hankou (汉口硚口区解放大道630号) (About 800 metres northwest of Liji North Road Metro Station on Line 1 and about 800 metres south of Zhongshan Park Metro Station on Line 2), +86 27 83808888, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Room rates start from around ¥600 per night.
  • 6 Novotel Wuhan Xinhua (武汉新华诺富特大饭店), 558 Jianshe Avenue, Jianghan District, Hankou (汉口江汉区建设大道558号) (About 370 metres southwest of Exit A2 of Qushuilou Metro Station on Line 7), +86 27 85551188. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 5 star hotel.
  • 7 Shangri-La Hotel (武汉香格里拉大饭店), 700 Jianshe Avenue, Jiang'an District, Hankou (汉口江岸区建设大道700号) (Close to Exit A of Hong Kong Road Metro Station on Lines 3, 6 and 7), +86 27 85806868. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. An upscale hotel offering massages, a fitness room, and a swimming pool. Internet is available in all rooms for no extra fee. From around ¥700.
  • 8 Somerset Wusheng Wuhan (武汉盛捷武胜服务公寓), No. 238, Zhongshan Ave, Qiaokou District, Hankou (汉口硚口区中山大道238号) (Just outside Exit A of Wusheng Road Metro Station on Line 6), +86 27 63601688, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Has studio to four-bedroom apartments with its own private balcony, the property offers courier services, basement car parks, children's playground and Jacuzzi. Prices start from ¥550 per night.
  • 9 Wuhan Jin Jiang International Hotel (武汉锦江国际大酒店), 707 Jianshe Avenue, Jianghan District, Hankou (汉口江汉区建设大道707号) (On the northwest side of Qushuilou Metro Station on Line 7), +86 27 85786888 (front desk), +86 20 86009099 (reservations). Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. A 5-star business hotel with over 400 guestrooms replete with the essentials for the traveling businessman. Also has fully-equipped ballrooms made for business conferences and other special events that can accommodate up to 400 guests. The hotel has restaurants offering Chinese and Western cuisine, and a cigar bar. Daily rates start from around ¥600.

Stay healthyEdit

In light of the current pneumonia outbreak, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission has designated several hospitals for pneumonia diagnosis and treatment.

CopeEdit

ConsulatesEdit

  •   1 France (法国驻武汉总领馆, Consulate General Of France In Wuhan), Room 1702, New World International Trade Tower, 568 Jianshe Ave, Jianghan District (江汉区建设大道568号武汉国际贸易商业中心1701-1708室) (500 metres southwest of Qushuilou Station on Metro Line 7, 830 metres east of Wangjiadun East Station on Metro Lines 2 and 7. In the same building as the U.S. consulate), +86 27 65797900, fax: +86 27 85778426, . Monday to Friday: 9:00-12:30, 14.30-17:30.
  •   2 Republic of Korea (大韩民国驻武汉总领馆, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Wuhan), 4F, Pudong Development Bank B/D, 218 Xinhua Road, Jianghan District (江汉区新华路218号浦发银行大厦4/19楼) (About 1 km north of Zhongshan Park Station on Metro Line 2 and 1 km south of Qushuilou Station on Metro Line 7), +86 27 85561085, fax: +86 27 85741085, . 08:30-17:30.
  •   3 United Kingdom (英国驻武汉总领馆, British Consulate-General Wuhan), 33F, Pingan Finance Centre, 1628 Zhongshan Avenue, Jiang'an District (江岸区中山大道1628号平安金融大厦33层) (About 500 metres northeast of Huangpu Road Station on Metro Lines 1 and 8), +86 27 82703600, fax: +86 27 82703699, . Monday to Friday: 9:00-12:30, 13.30-17:00.
  •   4 United States (美国驻武汉总领馆, U.S. Consulate General Wuhan), Room 4701, New World International Trade Tower I, 568 Jianshe Ave, Jianghan District (武汉市江汉区建设大道568号新世界国贸大厦I座4701室) (500 metres southwest of Qushuilou Station on Metro Line 7, 830 metres east of Wangjiadun East Station on Metro Lines 2 and 7. In the same building as the French consulate), +86 27-85557791, fax: +86 27 85557761, . Monday to Friday: 08:00-17:00.    

Go nextEdit

  • Jingzhou, the capital during the Warring states period.
  • Yichang for the Three Gorges and the Shennongjia Mountains.
  • Mount Wudang for its Taoist temples and monasteries.
  • Xianning for the Underground Project 131
  • Zhongxiang with the Ming Xianling mausoleum
  • Xian retains its city walls and has a remarkable collection of buildings and museums, including the Terracotta army.
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