Things To Do In Wuhan
Wuhan being the capital of the Hubei province is one of the most populated cities in the country of China. It is known to be an important centre of China due to the developed educational, financial, economic and political structures it holds. Wuhan is filled with Chinese history, culture and architecture which fills the city, giving it a beautiful aura.
When To Go:
Wuhan has subtropical monsoon climate and experiences the four different seasons. The best time periods to travel to this city are during the months of March till April and September till October. The summers can be very harsh with temperatures going as high as above 40 degrees Celsius between the months of July till August. The winters on the other hand can get extremely cold during the months of November till January. The summer time period brings with it heavy rainfall in the season. The humidity levels rise largely in the city, making it uncomfortable to wear anything but cotton clothing.
In the winters temperature can drop down 10 degrees less than zero, causing the activities to surrender during the winter season in the city. If you plan on going in winters bring heavy and warm clothing to protect yourself against the harsh weather and chilly winds. The best time would be the autumn and spring season in which it is easier to walk around the city and enjoy the sites.
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Here is a compilation of the top things to do in Wuhan, China:
Hubei Provincial Museum
The Hubei Provincial Museum is one of the most spectacular buildings in the city. It is known to be a major tourist attraction in the country. It is known to be filled with cultural and historical relics from the State level. Located next to the East Lake, this museum was opened in 1956 and was later moved in 1960 with many smaller buildings added to the main building. It exhibits some of the most amazing archaeological finds of the province. The Hubei Provincial Museum is the only provincial comprehensive museum in the province.
The museum is a massive structure which requires a staff of more than 170 people to maintain the security and the building itself. The job of the museum is to find, protect, preserve and exhibit the relics they find within the province. Since the year 1953 the museum has been collecting over 200,000 cultural relics which include pottery items, jade items, porcelains, bronze vessels, ancient musical instruments and even ancient weapons. 812 of these cultural relics are considered to be first class relics of China while 16 of them are known to be national treasures.
Donghu National Park
Not very far away from the main city is the Donghu National Park with the East Lake. This place is highly scenic with one of the few freshwater lakes of China located here. The park is quiet with people engrossed in their own activities and going about with their lives. The lake is lovely and the government has made a swimming pool right inside the lake to make it accessible to the public. The Donghu National Park is an amazing retreat from the busy life of the city and with really good activities for families and even for individuals themselves.
Just walk around in the park watching the lovely flowers, trees and birds hovering about the park and chirping around making the surroundings much more natural and lively. Take some time off and go to the park to relax and enjoy the greenery of the city away from all the noise. The peaceful atmosphere is an amazing opportunity to lie down in the shade of a tree and relax. So walk down to this scenic park with the lake and enjoy your day.
Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge
The first steel bridge of China, the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, was completed in the year of 1957 to link Wuchang and Hanyang with each other from across the river. It is 1670 meters long and 260 feet high. The road traffic operates on the upper deck of the bridge while the railway line runs on the lower deck. At the end of each side there is a tower which is 35 meters in height and is installed with a lift. The structure of the bridge is so strong that it hasn’t been affected by any catastrophe like the earthquakes in the country.
This bridge was the first bridge ever built to connect south and north China with each other. For thousands of years the wide river in between seemed like a huge obstacle until the construction of this bridge began in 1955. The towers at each of the ends are mostly used by tourists to get a complete view of the bridge. The view while standing on the bridge is highly panoramic and scenic and you should try taking a picture. This historically important bridge is one place that you should definitely visit.
East Lake in Wuhan
Located in the east part of the city, the East Lake in Wuhan is quite a mesmerizing sight for those who plan to visit it. This is an ecological, scenic area. There are more than 100 scenic spots located around the lake and the 4 which are quite commonly visited by the public are the Tingtao (Listening to Surging Waves), Mo Hill (Millstone Hill), Chuidi (Playing Flutes) and Luoyan (Diving Wild Goose). People can take boats from the docks surrounding the lake and go to a zoo located on the other side of the East Lake. The lake is highly scenic and fun for people visiting it.
You can just pick a spot for having a picnic or go exploring around the lake. The lake isn’t just known for its beauty, but is also famous for its rich botanical resources. In different seasons there are different exotic flowers which add to the beauty of the lake. Plan a trip to the East Lake and enjoy thoroughly the pleasant sights. The East Lake City is said to be the largest one in all of China. The East Lake has very charming and scenic surroundings which include mountains, rivers and very amusing landscapes.
Happy Valley Wuhan
Choose a pleasant and cool day to go to the Happy Valley Wuhan theme park, which is filled with amazing rides and food. Going here with your family will make it a day while you can enjoy. The rides include many roller coasters and an exquisite dueling wooden coaster called the Dauling Dragon and the best part about this ride that the riders can raise their hands up and clap them with the riders in the other train. This theme park is the fifth installation of its chain within China and was built in 2012.
The other rides are the Hidden Anaconda, Magic Express, Monte Carlo Racetrack, OCT Thrust SSC 1000. This theme park is located in the East Lake district area with many people flocking there with families and friends to enjoy the amazing rides and to get some adrenaline rush. There are 8 different areas of the park, each with a different theme. These 8 areas consist of Cartoon City, Mt. Adventure, Shangri-la Woods, Sunshine Beach, Typhoon Bay and Happy Times. Grab some friends or take your family here to enjoy the fun rides and call it a day in Wuhan.
Wuhan Botanical Garden
If you are looking for some nature around the city then head out to the Wuhan Botanical Garden which will not only mesmerize you, but will compel you to go through all of the garden. These gardens boast the beauty of Wuhan with more than 8000 species of flowers and plants from China and from across the world. The botanical garden was setup in 1956 on the bank of the East Lake right under the Moshan Hill. Going through the Wuhan Botanical Garden you will find rare and somewhat large flowers growing in the greenhouse.
It can be hard to walk along the entire park and look at all the plantations, but if you start an early day you can succeed. The main gardens of this botanical garden are the Kiwifruit Garden, which holds the largest number of species in the world, Aquatic Plant Garden which is the largest in East Asia, Garden of Genetic Resources of Special Wild Fruit Trees which is the biggest one in Central China and some other theme gardens which exhibit the rare fruits and plants. The different seasons mean that various exhibitions of flowers will be held at this place. Go to this garden and be entranced by natural beauty.
This is one of the most beautiful places to see in all of Wuhan. This Buddhist temple is located on the west side of Wuhan and covers a large area. It was originally established in 1658 during the Qing Dynasty’s rule and is one of the four best temples. The word Guiyuan generates from a sutra which means that one returns to purity. The temple has a garden too, and is built very delicately. The temple is interspersed by kiosks and parterres. There are 5 courtyards in the temple and the distribution is in the shape of a cassock.
The temple had not completed originally but in later years was extended to reach the huge size that it now has. The eastern, northern, southern, western and middle courtyards all hold some important relics which the visitors admire. These relics are historically significant and valuable for the temple. There are more than 500 statues within this temple, the largest one standing in the middle courtyard with a lion standing opposite to it making it a reflection. There are other figures behind this statue to be worshipped by people from home and from abroad. Go to this temple and admire the architecture and the history it holds.
The Hubu Alley is the very pride of the Wuhanese people. This street with a history of about 400 years or more is a distinct place located in the city of Wuhan. If you want to try a whole range of breakfast and food then Hubu Alley is the very place to go. There are local snacks available here which will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more. The most famous items from these snacks are the hot and dry noodles, fried tofu skin, braised pork, steamed pork dumplings, Hunan preserved fish and a Wuhan Doupi which is a very interesting regional dish.
To make the alley more authentic and bringing it back to its original state the government ordered reconstruction after which this place became a major tourist attraction for people all across the world. At the entrance on each side of the alley there are two stone lions on which is carved ‘number one alley for Han style breakfast. The ancient alley is a very distinct yet hidden place in the city of Wuhan which adds to the musical notes and hubbub of the city. Take a walk in this long street and try authentic Chinese breakfast and snacks.
Yellow Crane Tower
The Yellow Crane Tower is located on Snake Hill in Wuhan and is one of the most renowned towers on the Yangtze River. It has cultural significance and has become one of the most symbolic buildings in Wuhan. According to what the legend says the tower was made by an old pothouse owner living in the city of Wuhan. A Taoist priest came to his house one day asking for some wine but the man ignored him, but his son without telling his own father gave the man some wine and didn’t ask for any money.
The Taoist priest continuously came to the pothouse owner’s for almost half a year after which one day he went to the son and said that in order to repay for his kindness he would like to make a crane on the wall of the pothouse which would dance on his request. When got to hear about the crane they flocked to the pothouse to see the dancing crane and soon the Xin family, the pothouse owners became rich and famous within the city of Wuhan. The Yellow Crane Tower has a very long and complicated history because it was built many times during different periods of different rulers. Visit this place to relive the history this old tower holds.
Also called the Jialuo Mountain, the Luojia Mountain is located on the eastern suburb of the Wuchang district in Wuhan. The mountain stretches for a thousand of miles and is flourished with green plantation and flowers which are soothing to one’s eyes and is right next to the East Lake. The lake and the mountain together become a great combo of scenery and add to the radiance of the surroundings. You will find many rare flowers growing on the sides of the mountain and when the cherry blossoms bloom the scenery becomes one of the best views ever.
Sitting on the edge of the lake right on the mountain side you will find yourself practically in heaven. Right above the lake you will find birds and eagles hovering and chirping which adds to the atmosphere of the surroundings and make the place much more romantic. Plan a picnic and relax on the side of the mountain with your family or your loved one or even alone if you are looking for some relaxation.
Gude Temple of Hankou
The Main Hall of this temple was built first, after which it was extended with other parts of the temple being built, making the temple one of the most classic architectural buildings in Wuhan. The artistic style used in making the Gude Temple of Hankou is very unique in the Mainland of China where the Buddhist style temples are more in impact and are common to find. Wuhan is known to be the jungle of four temples with Gude Temple being one of them and its history is quite short compared to the rest of the three temples. The temple was heavily destructed during the ‘Cultural Revolution’ with many of the Buddhist relics and artifacts destroyed during the cause.
The temple has a very rich and exotic style with a very soothing surrounding while also accommodating hundreds of people within its structure. The lavishly grand Main Hall of the temple is a wonderful place to see with the true Chinese and Buddhist architecture showing its form. Taking a tour of this temple you will find history, serene environment and amazing architecture to look at.
Wuhan is an amazing city to visit in China which is rich in culture, history and some very classical buildings which will mesmerize the people who view them. Explore Chinese cuisine in the Hubu Alley or just go for a picnic on the East Lake and the Luojia Mountain which will relax your mind and take you away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy city of Wuhan. The city is charming and exotic on its own level. The theme park and the botanical garden are another must visit places which will surely leave you speechless. Experience the actual China within the city and enjoy what Wuhan has to offer to the visitors.
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