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Yichang Travel Guide

Yichang, known in ancient times as Yiling, is a lively, sprawling, modern-day city on the banks of the Yangtze River in Hubei Province that covers about 21,000 square kilometers (on both sides of the river) and has a population of some 2½ million urban residents, or about 4 million if the outlying areas are included. This modern "Hydropower Capital of the World" is a city with a history, however, having been burnt to the ground by a Qin general during the Warring States (BCE 475-221) period of the Eastern Zhou (BCE 770-221) Dynasty. It was also the site of the famous Battle of Yiling during the Three Kingdoms (CE 220-280) period, the three kingdoms in question being the Wei (CE 220-265), the Shu (CE 221-263), and the Wu (CE 229-280).

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Location of Yichang

Yichang lies at the eastern end of Xiling Gorge, one of the three gorges of the Three Gorges Dam area, and because of Yichang's central role in the construction and maintenance of the Three Gorges Dam (alternatively, the Three Gorges Project, or TGP), the city sports an impressive transportation infrastructure: National Highway 318 and the Yihuang Expressway – or the highway that is a part of the TGP itself – both service Yichang, as do Jiaoliu Railway and Three Gorges Airport.

Yichang was thrust into the limelight with the commencement of the construction of the TGP. The dam itself as well as the service and administration facilities are about a 45-minute drive from Yichang. In addition to being rich in water resources, thanks to the nearby Yangtze, Yichang is also rich in minerals, and has an extensive forestry industry. Other local Yichang produce include tea, sweet oranges, Chinese chestnuts, fragrant fungus, Auricularia auricula (alternatively, Auricularia auricula-judae, or the comestible Judas Ear fungus), as well as tobacco. Besides being the "Hydropower Capital of the World" Yichang is also the "Tea and Orange Captial" of Hubei Province.

Nestled among the trees that line both sides of the river along this particular stretch of the Yangtze, Yichang has a freshness and tidiness about it that belies its more serious role as the hub of the TGP. Indeed, this lively, verdant city is the terminus for the Yangtze River Cruise which originates in Chongqing.

Yichang Quick Facts

Area Code: 0717
Zip code: 443000
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Miao, and Tujia

Political Divisions
Districts: Dianjun, Wujiagang, Xiaoting, Xiling and Yiling
Counties: Xingshan, Yuan'an, and Zigui
Autonomous Counties: Changyang and Wufeng
Outlying Cities: Dangyang, Yidu, and Zhijiang

Yichang Travel Ideas

Yichang Transport

Go to Yichang by Train Yichangdong Railway Station Address: Chengdong Avenue, Wujiagang District, Yichang City Chinese Address: 宜昌市 伍家岗区 城东大道花艳段 How to get the Yichangdong Railway Station: Take public bus No. 1, 5, 9, 37, 69, 80, 82, 84, 105 or 107 to Yichangdong Railway Station.

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Yichang weather

Yichang belongs to the humid, monsoon climate of the subtropics, with abundant rainfall throughout the year. The average temperature is around 17o C (62.6 F). Although Yichang is less hot than Wuhan (Wuhan is renowned as one of Chinas oven cities, due to its blistering-hot summer weather), it is

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Yichang Food

Yichang is famous for its fish preparations but it hardly lives by fish food. Except for the local specialties, food from other parts of the country and even from the west is available. The local specialty of Old Nine Bowls and Sanyou Deinty Chicken are the reprehensive of the regions cuisine and

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Yichang Attraction

Although Yichang is often overlooked by travelers who travel straight through to board Yangtze Cruise boat, nestled among the trees that line both sides of the river along this particular stretch of the Yangtze, Yichang has a freshness and tidiness, and is able to offer some picturesque natural s

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