Central China’s most populous city and important Yangtze port is Wuhan, a city situated in the middle of the Hubei Province. Known also as the site that led the 1911 Revolution to the fall of the Qing dynasty, Wuhan is well known in Chinese history.
After several devastating floods to the region, the Three Gorges Dam was constructed to keep the flood waters at bay. Now the Dam not only protects the land, it also has provided Wuhan with another major tourist attraction.
With a mixture of both historical and natural wonders, Wuhan gives visitors a wide variety of attractions to view and experience. One of the main attractions is the Hubei Provincial Museum, considered China’s best. The Museum sits on the Dong Hu shore and is home to some incredible artefacts, some of which were excavated from Marquis of Yi’s tomb, a well known Chinese ancient figure.
The Yellow Crane Tower is another ‘must see’ attraction. Also known as the She Shan, it is a reconstruction of an ancient 3rd century edifice. From the tower you can enjoy a fantastic view of the city surrounds if the smog eases. There is a teahouse situated just behind the tower which often has performances going on during the day featuring the traditional Chu-era style music. These performances are free but it is polite to at least purchase food or drink while you are there.
Because of Mao’s connection with Wuhan, his villa in this province is a historical and cultural attraction visited by many. During the Cultural Revolution Mao made Wuhan his hideaway where he stayed for long periods of time. Visitors can get right up and view the pool, villa and bomb shelter he lived amongst.
Apart from these static attractions, Wuhan also partakes in the festivities of the Dragon Boat Festival that happens every year on May 5th. Although the festival is celebrated throughout China, because of the festival originated in the area, it is thought that the festival here has extra significance. The festival is held at the East Lake, a stunning location for celebration.
Wuhan’s nightlife is also beginning to get a name for itself. There are more and more options for entertainment during the evenings meaning that many locals and tourists are heading out to the cinemas, bars and karaoke rooms instead of staying indoors.
The climate in Wuhan is one of extremes, from a dominatingly hot winter that has given it the reputation as one of the Three Furnaces of China, to winter when snow is occasionally featured. Spring and autumn are therefore the best seasons to travel in.
Wuhan can be accessed easily through the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport located just one hours drive from the centre city. Alternatives include the train, bus and even boat with boat trips available from Shanghai, Nanjing and even Chongqing that arrives via the Three Gorges Dam.