Wuhan is a city characterized by the famous Yangtze River that cuts through the metropolis and defines life along its banks. A visitor can be easily overwhelmed by the modern development of this provincial capital (Wuhan is the capital city of Hubei Province) with a population of over 10 million.
But all you need to do is take time to get off the grand avenues and away from the gleaming skyscrapers to explore the lanes and alleys in between, the beautiful lakes and hit the scenic and interesting points, of which there are many.
The Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge
Of historical significance, the bridge was built in 1955 marking the first of its kind to cross the river in China. Still a working bridge with a motorway on the top deck and a train trestle below, enthusiasts can use the bridge as a method to experience both river and city.
Visitors can take elevators to the top of sightseeing towers to take in river and city views and then walk across the bridge to enjoy local life on the embankments. On the eastern Wuchang district side, it’s fun to wander the lanes to experience local specialties and snacks and enjoy the nightlife. On the western Hankou side, visitors can enjoy Wuhan’s famous shopping district and see some of the leftover colonial architecture from the former post-Opium War concession period.
The Hubei Provincial Museum
Housing one of the best and largest collections of its kind in China, the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan shouldn’t be missed. Of special significance is the exhibition of the Marquis Zeng Hou Yi who lived during the Warring States Period between 475-221BC. Some 15,000 relics were unearthed in his tomb including an exquisite set of bronze chime bells, the largest weighing nearly 200kg.
The museum hosts a performance of traditional Chinese music and with the musicians in period costumes performing ancient music, it is a wonderful treat to listen to the concert and hear the ancient chimes being played.
Scenic Points of Interest
Wuhan folk are proud of the East Lake, the largest city-lake in China (five-times the size of Hangzhou’s. It is enjoyable to walk around the lake or take tourist boats to visit some of the islands during nice weather. Wuhan has several temples worth visiting as well. The Yellow Crane Tower is one of Wuhan’s most famous sights. Originally constructed in 223AD, the golden tower sits atop a hill and is a beautiful end to a short hike. The Changchun Taoist temple dates back to the Han Dynasty and the Guiyuan Buddhist Temple was established by two monks in 1658.