Wuhan Travel Guide

Last updated by peggie at 2014-1-20

Wuhan Overview

If you’ve seen Beijing and Shanghai and want to explore another big Chinese city, think about going to Wuhan. The capital of Hubei province is a huge political, economic and cultural hub – the biggest financial, industrial and commercial center in Central China.

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The geography of Wuhan is pretty special. It is actually three cities in one. Originally Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang were individual towns, which were eventually amalgamated to make ‘Wuhan Three Towns’. The Yangtze and Hanjing Rivers separate the three parts. Wuchang is the cultural and educational area, boasting several colleges and universities. Hankou is the commercial district and Hanyang is where a lot of major development is happening.

Wuhan City

Wuhan City

So what is there to see and do in this powerhouse of a city? Wuhan is incredibly rich in culture and history. The area was first settled 3,500 years ago, and has an important place in China’s military, economic and political development. Famous scenic spots in Wuhan include Yellow Crane Tower, Guiyuan Temple, East Lake and the Museum of the 1911 Revolution. A popular tourist attraction is the Yangtze Cruise which passes through Wuhan from Chongqing.

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When is the best time to visit?

Wuhan is often nicknamed the ‘furnace’ on the banks of the Yangtze River thanks to its scorching summer temperatures. Winter can be cold and wet, so spring and autumn are the best times to go to Wuhan. If you go between March and April, make sure you visit the Wuhan University campus on Mt. Loujia in Wuchang to see the profusion of cherry blossoms in bloom. In autumn, go with the locals to the Xingyin Pavilion on the banks of the East Lake to commemorate Quyuan, a famous poet of the Warring States Period.

Essential Info

Area Code: 027

Zip Code: 430000

Ethnicity: Tujia, Miao, Hui, Dong, Man and Mongol

Administrative division: Wuhan has jurisdiction over 13 municipal districts- Jiang’an, Hankou, Qiaokou, Hanyang, Wuchang, Qingshan, Hongshan, Dongxihu, Hannan, Caidian, Jiangxia, Huangbei and Xinzhou.

City flower: plum blossom

City tree: metasequoia

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There are 4 comments on this topic

posted by "carolyn6040" at 2011-1-17 19:24:00

i spent 6 months in Wuhan a few years ago and go back every couple of years to visit friends.  I love that even though 8 million people it's not a tourist area so you see more of the real China, and not many locals speak English.  I find it much cheaper than Beijing, but there is much more to see in Beijing as a tourist (you can just about do all Wuhan tourist sights in a day).  Maybe best to avoid summer, Wuhan is known as one of the 3 furnaces of China (local expats call it one of China's armpits).


Despite it's faults I will keep going back to Wuhan, but as I said that's so I can visit my friends rather than for the city itself.

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posted by "hanbill" at 2009-4-8 9:54:00

The traffic in Wuhan is much better now, repaired the cross-river tunnel, light rail, also the subway project is under construction. Welcome to Wuhan to have a trip again.I lnow a wonderful web about travel http://www.8000ip.com Welcome!

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posted by "catherine" at 2009-2-1 3:40:00

I visited Wuhan 2 years ago and was trapped in a bad traffic jam when we was trying to cross the Yangtze river bridge. My taxi driver told me that traffic congestion happens regularly in Wuhan.

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posted by "lavender0108" at 2008-3-18 4:20:00

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