Wuhan travel guide

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You're Going to Love Wuhan

Wuhan is comprised of three different cities called Hankou, Hanyang, and Wuchang - separated by the Yangtze and Huangshui rivers - and is known for the easily recognizable Yellow Crane Tower and the Dragon Boat Festival.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Wuhan

1. Learn about the Xinhai Revolution

The Wuchang Uprising led to the Xinhai Revolution in 1911. Head to the Memorial Hall of Wuchang Uprising to visit the museum and see the public square.

2. See the City from the Yellow Crane Tower

Visit the Yellow Crane Tower for amazing views and to see the art inside the tower. The Mao Pavilion in the park around the tower is worth visiting too.

3. The Temples

The Guiyuan Temple houses a hall full of Buddhist statues. The Baotong Temple is worth visiting for its Hongshan Tower.

4. Art Museums

If you are interested in art, the Hubei Museum of Art has a great collection of traditional and modern art, while the Wuhan Art Museum is inside a 1920s heritage building.

5. The Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated in June on East Lake. This festival is celebrated everywhere in China but Wuhan is believed to be the birthplace of this tradition.

What to do in Wuhan

1. Soar Above Wuhan At This Iconic Site

Wuhan's most recognizable building, the beautiful Yellow Crane Tower is like a mascot for Hubei's capital. Situated on Sheshan Hill, the tower looks to be hundreds of years old. In a way, it is, but the current version was rebuilt (incredibly well) in 1981. However, there has been a Yellow Crane Tower in the city since around 220 AD, and 12 versions have been built and destroyed since then. In religious terms, the tower is an important Daoist temple, having seen the "immortal" Lu Dongbin ascend to heaven in the 8th century.

2. Heavenly Architecture And Sacred Art

Guiyuan ranks among China's most sacred sites, which may be why it attracts such huge crowds - so get there early to enjoy the serene 350 year-old temple complex. Located in Hanyang, just west of central Wuhan, Guiyuan is full of riches for tourists to discover, including hundreds of Buddhist statues (lohans), and stately gardens. Check the lohans carefully when you visit. Amazingly, each one is completely different, as artists sought to capture the essence of the subject. And don't miss the beautiful Sakyamuni Buddha, either.

3. Hubei's Historical Highlight

This museum is one of China's very best, and is a fitting testament to China's long, glorious past. Highlights are all over the place in the huge museum building, but include the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng, part of which is a massive 65 tonne set of "chime bells". Crafts lovers will adore the collection of jade jewelry and decorations, while the exhibition of Chu-era artifacts delves deep into Chinese history. When you visit, the museum is free, but there is a small surcharge for hearing the chime bells in action.

4. An Inner-City Recreational Paradise

East Lake is modern Wuhan's recreational hub. Located along the shores of (unsurprisingly) East Lake, it's the site of many of Wuhan's major attraction. Aside from the Provincial Museum, you'll discover the Botanical Gardens, which have a huge kiwi fruit collection, the stunning Cherry Blossom Park, as well as numerous scenic spots like the Listening-to-the-Waves Tower, and the Chu Castle. The whole area sprawls along the lakefront, and is divided into several zones, such as Mo Hill and Tingtao - each of which require plenty of time to explore.

5. Showcasing Wuhan's Creative Wonders

These days, Wuhan is becoming a genuine artistic center (not for the first time), thanks to artists groups like Wuhan Art Terminus. But for the largest collection of contemporary and historic works from the region, visiting the Húběi Museum of Art is essential. Also situated in East Lake, the gallery has a strong representation from recent artists, as well as traditional Chinese works, oil paintings from the Revolutionary Era, sculptures, and lacquer work, too. Constantly changing special shows, and big events like the Wuhan Triennale have propelled it into the front rank of the nation's galleries.

1. Soar Above Wuhan At This Iconic Site

Wuhan's most recognizable building, the beautiful Yellow Crane Tower is like a mascot for Hubei's capital. Situated on Sheshan Hill, the tower looks to be hundreds of years old. In a way, it is, but the current version was rebuilt (incredibly well) in 1981. However, there has been a Yellow Crane Tower in the city since around 220 AD, and 12 versions have been built and destroyed since then. In religious terms, the tower is an important Daoist temple, having seen the "immortal" Lu Dongbin ascend to heaven in the 8th century.

2. Heavenly Architecture And Sacred Art

Guiyuan ranks among China's most sacred sites, which may be why it attracts such huge crowds - so get there early to enjoy the serene 350 year-old temple complex. Located in Hanyang, just west of central Wuhan, Guiyuan is full of riches for tourists to discover, including hundreds of Buddhist statues (lohans), and stately gardens. Check the lohans carefully when you visit. Amazingly, each one is completely different, as artists sought to capture the essence of the subject. And don't miss the beautiful Sakyamuni Buddha, either.

3. Hubei's Historical Highlight

This museum is one of China's very best, and is a fitting testament to China's long, glorious past. Highlights are all over the place in the huge museum building, but include the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng, part of which is a massive 65 tonne set of "chime bells". Crafts lovers will adore the collection of jade jewelry and decorations, while the exhibition of Chu-era artifacts delves deep into Chinese history. When you visit, the museum is free, but there is a small surcharge for hearing the chime bells in action.

4. An Inner-City Recreational Paradise

East Lake is modern Wuhan's recreational hub. Located along the shores of (unsurprisingly) East Lake, it's the site of many of Wuhan's major attraction. Aside from the Provincial Museum, you'll discover the Botanical Gardens, which have a huge kiwi fruit collection, the stunning Cherry Blossom Park, as well as numerous scenic spots like the Listening-to-the-Waves Tower, and the Chu Castle. The whole area sprawls along the lakefront, and is divided into several zones, such as Mo Hill and Tingtao - each of which require plenty of time to explore.

5. Showcasing Wuhan's Creative Wonders

These days, Wuhan is becoming a genuine artistic center (not for the first time), thanks to artists groups like Wuhan Art Terminus. But for the largest collection of contemporary and historic works from the region, visiting the Húběi Museum of Art is essential. Also situated in East Lake, the gallery has a strong representation from recent artists, as well as traditional Chinese works, oil paintings from the Revolutionary Era, sculptures, and lacquer work, too. Constantly changing special shows, and big events like the Wuhan Triennale have propelled it into the front rank of the nation's galleries.

Where to Eat in Wuhan

Head to Charm for traditional fare at a good price. Grandma's Kitchen is one of the best places for European fare. A quick meal should cost ¥20, but an upscale restaurant will cost ¥70 or more.

When to visit Wuhan

Wuhan in October
Estimated hotel price
$13
1 night at 3-star hotel
Wuhan in October
Estimated hotel price
$13
1 night at 3-star hotel

The summer months can be warm and humid. You will enjoy a more pleasant climate in the fall or spring.

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How to Get to Wuhan

Plane

The Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH) is an hour away from the downtown area. You can reach the city by taking the train, ride the bus to downtown for ¥32, or take a taxi for ¥150.

Train

There are many direct trains that connect Wuhan with major Chinese cities like Beijing, Xi'an, and Ghangzhou.

Car

You can drive from Yichang to Wuhan by following the G50. Reaching Wuhan from Xinyang is easy if you go south down the G4, and you can reach Wuhan from Changsha by going north on G4.

Bus

There are bus stations in Hankou and in Wuchang, and you can reach Wuhan by bus from cities like Chongqing and Xi'an.

Airports near Wuhan

Airlines serving Wuhan

United Airlines
Good (2,852 reviews)
Lufthansa
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KLM
Good (356 reviews)
Air France
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Delta
Excellent (3,053 reviews)
Air Canada
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Singapore Airlines
Excellent (330 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (51 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (142 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (180 reviews)
China Airlines
Excellent (50 reviews)
Philippine Airlines
Good (186 reviews)
Scoot
Good (72 reviews)
T'way Air
Excellent (3 reviews)
Thai Lion Air
Excellent (2 reviews)
China Eastern
Excellent (11 reviews)
China Southern
Excellent (9 reviews)
Air China
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XiamenAir
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Where to stay in Wuhan

Tanhualin Street - spend an afternoon on Tanhualin Street to enjoy the traditional architecture, visit some art galleries, shop for souvenirs, and try some of the cafes.

Popular Neighborhoods in Wuhan

Mo Shan - head to Mo Shan if you enjoy hiking and want to visit the pagodas or escape the busy streets of the city.

Jiqing Street - this street comes to life at night. You will find many excellent restaurants where you can catch a show or eat while listening to some live music.

Where to stay in popular areas of Wuhan

Most booked hotels in Wuhan

Shangri-La Wuhan
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
$125+
Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$133+
Sheraton Grand Wuhan Hankou Hotel
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$130+
Holiday Inn Wuhan Riverside
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$100+
Dorsett Wuhan
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
$42+
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How to Get Around Wuhan

Public Transportation

You can get around Wuhan thanks to the bus system, the three subway lines, or the ferry. Bus fare costs ¥2, subway fare is between ¥1 and ¥5, and the ferry is a very affordable way to enjoy some great views of the city for ¥1.50.

Taxi

Taxis can be hard to find in crowded areas or at busy times. Fare should not cost more than ¥70 to get from one side of the city to another.

Car

There is an Avis location in Wuhan where you can rent a vehicle for ¥200 a day. Driving is not ideal due to the traffic.

The Cost of Living in Wuhan

Shopping Streets

You will find many stores on Han Street and at the Wanda Plaza if you want to shop for clothes and accessories. Check out the night market on Jianghan Road.

Groceries and Other

You will find Walmart and Carrefour locations in Wuhan. A gallon of milk should cost you ¥40.

Cheap meal
$3.41
A pair of jeans
$128.66
Single public transport ticket
$0.46
Cappuccino
$5.52