Wuhan

The 24 Best Things to Do in Wuhan in 2024

Wuhan is the combined name of the three towns of Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang, with the entire city straddling the Yangtze River. The Han River flows into the Yangtze River from west to east, forming the geographical pattern of the two rivers and three towns. Wuhan’s beauty lies in the Yangtze River, earning it the nickname “River City.”

Wuchang is home to university campuses and the Optics Valley, attracting many young people. Hankou is the old city area with old concessions and political and financial landmarks. Hanyang is known for its cultural heritage.

As someone who has had the privilege of discovering this city’s hidden gems, I’m excited to share with you the top 20 things to do in Wuhan. I will unravel the secrets of its past at the Hubei Provincial Museum, stroll along the picturesque East Lake, and dive into the bustling markets of Jianghan Road. Wuhan’s allure is irresistible, promising a tapestry of memories that will linger long after you’ve departed.

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🌟Wuhan Travel Planning Guide

Considering a last-minute trip to Wuhan?

🇨🇳 Top Activities and Tours in Wuhan:

1. Half day private tour to Yellow crane tower and night market snack food in Wuhan
2. Private tour to Yellow crane tower Wuhan Museum Donghu lake with lunch


🏨Top Hotels in Wuhan:

The Westin Wuhan Wuchang
Marco Polo Wuhan
Shangri-La Wuhan
Dorsett Wuhan

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🌏 Where is Wuhan Located

Wuhan is located in central China, specifically in the province of Hubei. It is situated at the confluence of the Yangtze and Han rivers, making it a strategic transportation hub and an important commercial and industrial center in the region. With a history dating back over 3,500 years, Wuhan is known for its rich cultural heritage and historical significance. The city covers an area of approximately 8,494 square kilometers (3,279 square miles) and is home to a population of over 11 million people, making it the most populous city in Central China.

👑 24 Best Things to Do in Wuhan

1. Yellow Crane Tower (黄鹤楼)

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Yellow Crane Tower is considered one of the Four Great Towers of China, first built in 223 AD and rebuilt in 1981, with a history of over 1800 years. It is the most famous landmark in Wuhan.

P.S. Due to the construction of the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, the Yellow Crane Tower had to be relocated to its current address. Therefore, the current Yellow Crane Tower is a complete reconstruction. The tower and its surroundings have been marked as Yellow Crane Tower Park.

The scenic area has three entrances: east, south, and west, with the west entrance being the closest to the Yellow Crane Tower. There are three routes to choose from in the scenic area, taking between 1 to 3 hours, depending on your time and interests.

The Yellow Crane Tower appears to have five floors from the outside, but it actually has nine floors inside, each displaying exquisite calligraphy and murals. From the top floor, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Yangtze River, Hankou, Tortoise Mountain across the bridge, and Sheshan Mountain at the foot of the Yellow Crane Tower.

Compared to the daytime, the night view of the Yellow Crane Tower is even more stunning. “Ascending the Yellow Crane Tower at Night” offers a mesmerizing experience, allowing visitors to wander and take photos in multiple scenes while wearing cheongsams and Hanfu, deeply experiencing the millennium-old culture of the Yellow Crane Tower.

✅Notes:

① The attractions around the Yellow Crane Tower are concentrated. You can take a leisurely walk on the Yangtze River Bridge, and visit the Hubei Provincial Museum and Tan Hualin.

② You can try the perfectly replicated Yellow Crane Tower popsicle, priced at CNY 15 each.

🎫Admission ticket: Daytime: CNY 65 | Nighttime: CNY120
⏰Opening hours: 08:00-17:00 (Off season) 08:00-18:00 (Peak season)
🚗How to get there: Take Metro Line 5 to Simenkou Yellow Crane Tower Station, Exit A.

2. Hubu Alley (户部巷)

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Hubu Alley is a century-old alley about 150 meters long, with a bustling breakfast stall group that has been thriving for 20 years, gathering many famous snacks from Wuhan.

It is recommended to try as many local specialty snacks as possible in Hubu Alley, because they are authentic and delicious, and not available elsewhere. Hot and Dry Noodles, Rice and Meat Pancake, Soup Dumplings, Fried Bread Stick Wrapped with Glutinous Rice, Beef Cake, Rice Wine, Mianwo, and more are all local specialties. There are many stinky tofu stalls in the snack street, and the queues are always super long!

Some of the well-known local snack shops in this area are Shiji Hot and Dry Noodles, Chenji Beef Noodles Shop, Xuasao Hutang Rice Noodles Shop, Yelaobie Cake Shop, and Sijimei Soup Dumplings.

Hubu Alley is always crowded, so be prepared for that: don’t mind the crowds, and don’t mind waiting in line for a seat.

Although this street is full of commercial atmosphere, it is still a symbol of Wuhan’s breakfast and a miniature of old Wuhan. If you are visiting Wuhan for the first time and want to check out a famous food street, Hubu Alley is a good choice.

🚗How to get there: Take bus 14, 15, 521, 572, 514, 717, 804, 530, 515, 916, 539, 607 and get off at Minzhu Road, Simenkou Stop, Zhonghua Road Stop, Linjiang Avenue Hanyangmen Stop.

3. Tan Hualin (昙华林)

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Tan Hualin is considered the most culturally renowned historical and cultural district in Wuhan, akin to Beijing’s Nanluoguxiang. The street is lined with retro-style buildings and nostalgic shops.

Coffee shops are a must, and after enjoying a cup of coffee, you can explore the unique shops selling handicrafts, souvenirs, and more. Besides exploring the charming shops, the surrounding area boasts various foreign-style buildings that are worth visiting.

The area around Tan Hualin has a long history. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, it was the site of the governor’s office and county government office. In the late Qing Dynasty, many missionaries preached and ran schools here, leading to the construction of a batch of Western-style buildings.

The 1200-meter-long street is home to dozens of century-old buildings, including churches, schools, hospitals, mansions, and courtyards, each with its unique style, imbued with a rich cultural atmosphere spanning over a century.

The surrounding alleys are very lively, providing a glimpse into the daily life of old Wuhan residents.

🚗How to get there: Take Metro Line 5 to Wushengmen Station.

4. Liangdao Street (粮道街)

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Non-local visitors to Wuhan typically make their first stop for food at Hubu Alley. However, for locals, weekends are often spent at Liangdao Street.

In this street, you can taste the rich flavor of Hot and Dry Noodles With Sesame Paste, the freshness of Soup Dumplings, the enticing aroma of barbecue, and the unique texture of various snacks. Additionally, Liangdao Street offers a wide variety of restaurants, from affordable eateries to upscale establishments.

Here are two must-visit restaurants:

Qinfeishu Guilin Rice Noodles Shop “覃肥叔桂林米粉” is known for its delicious rice noodles, as evidenced by the tables and stools crowded along the roadside. The noodles are prepared swiftly, with toppings and soup added in one go, making it visually appealing.

A visit to Liangdao Street would be incomplete without queuing up at Zhao Shifu’s Oil Cake and Shumai Shop “赵师傅油饼包烧麦”. Their large oil cake contains three shumai, making it quite filling, with a strong flavor of black pepper.

🚗How to get there: Take bus 530, 14, or 521 and get off at the Minzu Road, Yanzhi Road Station.

5. Chuhehan Street (楚河汉街)

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Chuhehan Street, the legendary longest commercial pedestrian street in China and possibly the world, is indeed very long, stretching along the Chu River and passing through five bridges. It is quite large in scale and is renowned as “China’s number one commercial street.”

Surrounded by European-style merchant buildings, it houses a variety of brands, as well as various cinemas, bookstores, cafes, bars, wax museums, and more. Therefore, it is not just a commercial street, but also includes elements of culture and art.

It is not recommended for shopping here, as prices tend to be higher compared to those in Guanggu and Jianghan Road. Instead, you can enjoy some local delicacies and a cup of coffee to experience the culture and atmosphere of the area.

The entire Chuhehan Street has a bit of a Venetian vibe, and you can choose to take a boat tour on the river, which will connect you all the way to Donghu (East Lake). Especially recommended is taking a boat tour in the evening when the neon lights are on, which is really beautiful.

🚗How to get there: Take Metro Line 4 to Chuhehan Street, Exit B.

6. World City – Valley of Light Pedestrian Street (世界城光谷步行街)

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In the evening, the Valley of Light Pedestrian Street in Optics Valley is bustling with people, both on the main street and the pedestrian overpasses. The first impression here is all about the food! In addition to Hot Dry Noodles and duck neck, you can find a wide variety of exquisite desserts and snacks.

Furthermore, aside from the vibrant commercial atmosphere, the most distinctive feature is the eye-catching foreign-style architecture. There are buildings with styles from countries such as Spain, Italy, and Germany.

The uniquely themed aircraft restaurant in the German-style street looks quite appealing, simulating the environment of a plane with Western cuisine, costing over CNY 150 per person on average.

In conclusion, for those who love shopping, food, and bustling atmospheres, this place is a paradise and quite enjoyable.

🚗How to get there: Take Metro Line 2 to Optics Valley Square Station.

7. Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge (武汉长江大桥)

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No city has as intimate a relationship with the Yangtze River as Wuhan. The erosion and sedimentation of the Yangtze River have shaped Wuhan’s landscape.

The Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge was completed and opened to traffic in 1957. With a total length of about 1670 meters, it is one of the city’s important historical landmarks, often referred to as the “First Bridge over the Yangtze River.”

The bridge adopts a two-tier structure, with the upper tier serving as a highway with pedestrian walkways on both sides, and the lower tier for railway traffic. Visitors can take an elevator from the bridgehead to access the bridge deck, with a fee of CNY 2 per person for a total of 7 floors, providing a more immersive experience of this great bridge.

Walking along the bridge deck, one can feel the vibrations caused by trains passing below. Moreover, from the bridge deck, one can enjoy panoramic views of the Yellow Crane Tower, as well as the scenery of Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang.

✅Notes:

①Lighting time: Highway lights (18:00-7:00); main lighting (19:00-22:00)

②It takes about half an hour to walk the entire length of the bridge.

③If you don’t take the elevator directly to the bridge deck, there is also a long staircase that leads to the bridge.

🚗How to get there: Take Metro Line 5 to Simenkou Huanghelou Metro Station, Exit A.

8. Hubei Provincial Museum

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Hubei Provincial Museum is one of the eight national-level museums in China, renowned for its Chu culture and Chime Bells. It houses the largest ancient musical instrument exhibition hall in China.

The museum’s collection is exceptionally rich. Its exterior features typical Chu architectural style, with the main building laid out in a “品” shape. The left exhibition hall is closed year-round, so most visits focus on the central comprehensive exhibition hall, with an additional temporary exhibition hall on the right.

The comprehensive exhibition hall has four floors. Notable treasures include the bronze sword of Goujian (the king of Yue State in the Spring and Autumn Period), the Chime Bells from the tomb of Yi, the Blue-and-white vase of four-favors figures of Yuan Dynasty, and the No. 1 human skull fossil of Yun County.

Among these treasures, the Chime Bells from the tomb of Yi is particularly impressive. The tomb dates back to 2,400 years ago and belonged to Yi, a vassal lord of the early Warring States period. Despite its age, the chime bells are well-preserved and can still produce music.

The museum holds chime bell performances every day, with several shows priced at CNY 30 per person. Specific times are listed inside the museum. The deep, resonant sound of the chime bells is truly awe-inspiring, giving the sensation of witnessing a grand sacrificial ceremony.

There is also a hidden treasure café on the fourth floor of the museum. Inspired by the cultural relics in the exhibition hall, they have created a variety of “edible relics,” such as chocolate cakes in the shape of chime bells, blue-and-white vase cakes, etc.. Reservations are required for these unique treats, making it a perfect place to rest after exploring the museum.

✅Notes:

①Plan for 3-5 hours to explore the museum thoroughly. Arriving early is recommended for those who wish to spend more time.

②Enter from the south gate and exit from the north gate. The south gate offers luggage storage, and staff will transport your belongings to the north gate for convenient retrieval after your visit.

③Visit the service desk on the first floor to receive a guidebook with exhibition hall floor plans.

④Audio guides are available for rent: CNY 20 for up to 3 hours; CNY 40 for unlimited use on the same day. A deposit of CNY 200 is required, which can be deducted from the rental fee.

🎫Admission ticket: free
⏰Opening hours: 09:00-17:00 (Closed on Mondays)
🚗How to get there: Take Metro Line 8 to Hubei Ribao Station.

9. East Lake (东湖)

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After exiting from the Hubei Provincial Museum and heading north, you can reach the East Lake Scenic Area in a 15-minute walk.

The East Lake has four main scenic areas: Tingtao Scenic Area, Mo Hill Scenic Area, Luoyan Scenic Area, and Chuidi Scenic Area, with a total greenway length of 101.98 kilometers.

Tingtao Scenic Area is the earliest developed area of East Lake and has the most cultural atmosphere. It allows you to understand the history and culture of Wuhan and the Chu State. The Listening-to-the-Waves Tower (Tingtao Xuan) is one of the famous buildings in this area.

Mo Hill Scenic Area is one of the most popular areas in East Lake and the best place to enjoy cherry blossoms. Here you can find attractions like a Ferris wheel, the East Lake Cableway, Tiantai Chenxi (Morning Rays of Heaven Platform), the East Lake Slide, and the Chu Culture Theme Park, where you can enjoy panoramic views of East Lake from different angles.

Luoyan Scenic Area is the newest and most distinctive area of East Lake. It features an artificial island called Luoyan Island, which includes structures like the Luoyan Pagoda, Luoyan Pavilion, Luoyan Bridge, as well as various sculptures and flowers. In the fall, it becomes a unique sightseeing spot with a large number of migratory birds.

Chuidi Scenic Area is centered around Chuidi Lake and features a 7-kilometer-long greenway, ideal for cycling or walking. Along the way, you’ll find attractions such as the East Lake Star Helium Balloon, Huguang Pavilion, and the beach, where you can stop for activities or rest.

✅Notes:

①On weekends and holidays, it’s advisable to rent a shared bicycle before entering the greenway, as it’s challenging to find one inside.

②Costs for attractions: Mo Hill Slide CNY 35, East Lake Cruise one-way CNY 40, round-trip CNY 70, Helium Balloon CNY 120/person.

③East Lake Scenic Area is vast, so you can choose specific attractions to visit inside.

🚗How to get there: Take Line 8 to Liyuan Station; or take Line 2 to Jiayuanlu Station.

10. Wuhan University

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Located by the East Lake, Wuhan University is renowned as one of the “most beautiful universities in China.” Its ancient and elegant palace-style buildings are grand and magnificent. However, what impresses everyone the most is the brilliant cherry blossoms that bloom every year in mid-March.

Every March, cherry blossoms bloom in various corners of Wuhan University, with petals falling like rain, attracting countless tourists to enjoy the spring scenery.

The best viewing spots for cherry blossoms at Wuhan University are around the Fourth Teaching Building, Kunpeng Square, the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, the Administration Building, and the School Hospital. The best place to enjoy cherry blossoms is the “Cherry Garden,” which is the most beautiful and largest collection of cherry blossom varieties in Wuhan.

In addition to cherry blossoms, the old buildings are also worth seeing. The residential area for faculty and staff on the southeast side of Luojia Mountain is built in the overall style of English country villas, with each building having its own characteristics.

✅Notes:

①Shared bicycles are not allowed on campus; visitors must explore on foot after entering.

②Wuhan University campus is large with many pathways, so it’s advisable to have a map when visiting.

③Cherry blossoms are in bloom from mid-March to early April.

🎫Admission ticket: free, but requires booking one day in advance, limited to one booking per week.
⏰Opening hours: 8:00-16:00
🚗How to get there: Take Line 8 to Hongshanlu Station, Exit C.

11. Qingchuan Pavilion (晴川阁)

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This pavilion, facing the Yellow Crane Tower across the river, was first built during the Jiajing period of the Ming Dynasty and rebuilt in 1984. It is over 500 years old and is one of the three major attractions in Wuhan.

The pavilion’s architecture pays tribute to Dayu’s accomplishments in flood control. Dayu, an ancient national hero, redirected the Han River into the main river of Guishan Mountain 4,000 years ago, effectively resolving flood disasters in Wuhan.

The site features several key attractions including the Qingchuan Pavilion, the Palace of Yu and Ji, and the Iron Gate Pass.

Although not as ancient as the Yellow Crane Tower or Yueyang Tower, the Qingchuan Pavilion boasts a unique and stunning design reminiscent of the buildings found in Beijing’s Forbidden City.

Climbing to the top of Qingchuan Pavilion offers a panoramic view of the Yangtze River and the Yangtze River Bridge, which is also a major highlight.

🎫Admission ticket: free
⏰Opening hours: 09:00-17:00
🚗How to get there: Take bus 30, 531, 532, 535, 553, 559, 561, 711, or 803 and get off at the Qingchuan Avenue, Qingchuan Pavilion Station.

12. Guiyuan Buddhist Temple (归元禅寺)

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Guiyuan Buddhist Temple is one of the most important temples in Wuhan. It is a daily custom for many Wuhan residents to come here to pray. On the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, hundreds of thousands of worshippers come here to burn the first joss sticks.

Entering from the south gate, you will see a Free Life Pond with concrete lotuses covered in turtles. In front of the Free Life Pond is the main hall, behind which is the Mahavira Hall. To the right of the release pond courtyard is the scripture hall.

To the left of the Free Life Pond courtyard is the Arhat Hall, which is the most famous attraction of Guiyuan Temple. Many people come here to count the Arhats. When entering the Arhat Hall, start counting from any Arhat, counting in order until you reach your actual age. The identity, expression, and action of the Arhat you count to signify your fate.

🎫Admission ticket: CNY 10
⏰Opening hours: 08:00-17:00
🚗How to get there: Take Metro Line 4/ Line 6 to Zhongjiacun Station.

13. Jianghan Road Pedestrian Street (江汉路步行街)

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This is a famous century-old street in Wuhan, and it is also well-known across the country. With a long history, this 1600-meter-long street is hailed as the “epitome of modern urban life in Wuhan” and “one of China’s top ten famous pedestrian streets.”

The entire pedestrian street is lined with all kinds of department stores, commercial buildings, and shopping centers. There are also many delicious local snacks on both sides of the street, such as hot dry noodles, soup dumplings, and grilled fish.

Since Hankou used to be a concession area, the buildings on Jianghan Road exhibit European-style architecture: Continental style, Roman style, Byzantine style, Renaissance style…

To the west of Jianghan Road, Hualou Street, Huangpi Street, and the adjacent Daxing Road are shops and workshops opened by ethnic business owners, featuring a pre-shop-and-back-factory type of food shops. Along the street, you will mostly find banks, companies, and shops opened by imperialist countries, bureaucrats, and national capitalists.

Jianghan Road still retains the arcade buildings from the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China, making it the earliest commercial street formed after Wuhan’s opening-up, with a history of over a hundred years. It can be said to be a must-visit place in the center of Wuhan.

🚗How to get there: Take Metro Line 2 to Xunlimen Station (Exit C) or Jianghan Road Station (Exit C)

14. Hankou Waterfront (汉口江滩)

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The stretch of land along the Yangtze River from the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge to the Second Yangtze River Bridge is known as the Hankou Waterfront.

The main function of the Hankou Waterfront is flood control, while also serving as a park for the citizens. As such, a large part of the waterfront on the east side is essentially embankments and reed beds.

The most famous feature of the waterfront is the reeds in late autumn, located near the Second Yangtze River Bridge, stretching for about 4 kilometers. It is over 100 meters wide and resembles a strip of snow-white satin adorning the banks of the Yangtze River, a sight that is unparalleled in major Chinese cities.

Before the best season for the reeds arrives, the Hankou Waterfront also prepares for autumn in other ways. The fourth phase of the waterfront is planted with flowers and plants such as Verbena bonariensis, Mexican bush sage, and Cosmos bipinnatus, presenting a beautiful scenery in Wuhan.

The cherry blossom season is from February to March, with various cherry blossom varieties scattered around the waterfront. For a more concentrated view, you can visit the Cherry Blossom Garden on the waterfront.

The Hankou Waterfront is indeed the best place to admire the Yangtze River. It takes about half an hour to walk from Jianghan Gate to the Flood Monument.

🚗How to get there: Take Metro Line 1 to Huangpu Road Station, Exit D.

15. Lihuangpi Road (黎黄陂路)

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Lihuangpi Road is located in Jiang’an District of Wuhan. The area was incorporated into the Hankou Russian Concession in 1897. After the Nationalist Government reclaimed all concessions on New Year’s Day in 1946, the road was named Lihuangpi Road.

Spanning 604 meters, Lihuangpi Road is lined with approximately 17 preserved European-style old buildings, including the former site of the Russian police station, the YMCA, and Bagong House, featuring primarily Gothic and Rococo styles. It is truly a street-side architectural museum.

It is also known as “Café Street” because it is home to many small and lovely art cafes. There are also some handmade craft shops. At the same time, the old houses are still inhabited, with elderly people sitting downstairs chatting, and the mundane smell of life blending seamlessly with the elegance and delicacy nearby.

Whether you’re looking to take photos or just stroll around, a sunny morning or afternoon is the best time to visit.

🚗How to get there: Take Metro Line 6 to Dazhi Road, Exit A.

16. Gude Temple (古德寺)

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Gude Temple is a unique Buddhist architectural wonder that combines European and Asian architectural styles. Built in 1877, it is one of the only two remaining Buddhist temples in the world with such a style, making it highly esteemed in the field of Buddhist architecture in China and the world.

Located in a residential area surrounded by high-rise buildings, Gude Temple is an imposing sight with its grey walls and towering spires.

The core building, Yuantong Grand Hall, features a circular corridor between the inner and outer walls and many square pillars, reminiscent of ancient Roman architecture. The circular and long windows on the facade of the building are designed in the style of Christian churches.

The nine pagodas’ spires, resembling both weather vanes and crosses, are unique in Chinese pagoda culture.

There is no entrance fee, but visitors need to buy incense vouchers for CNY 8, which include three sticks of incense, making it equivalent to an entrance fee.

✅Notes:

①Please do not wear revealing clothing such as mini skirts or tank tops.

②Maintain silence and avoid making noise during the visit.

③Photography is prohibited inside the halls. Do not pick flowers or damage cultural relics.

🎫Admission ticket: free
⏰Opening hours: 08:00-16:30
🚗How to get there: Take Metro Line 3 to Zhongshan Gongyuan and leave from Exit C.

17. Wuhan “Guo Zao” (武汉过早)

In Wuhan, breakfast is referred to as “Guo Zao,” or “passing the morning” in English, elevating it to the same level of importance as “celebrating New Year,” “festivals,” and “birthdays.” Wuhan residents consider having breakfast a meticulous affair.

Wuhan’s breakfast variety is incredibly rich, with nearly a hundred kinds that you could eat a different one each day for a month. There’s hot dry noodles, beef noodles, doupi, wontons, scallion pancakes, rice noodles in fish soup, oil cake with shumai, pan-fried buns, and more. A single shop can offer over 40 different breakfast options.

Hot dry noodles are undoubtedly the “king” of Wuhan’s breakfast scene and are synonymous with breakfast in the hearts of people nationwide.

Doupi is another breakfast item that can rival hot dry noodles. It consists of a layer of egg skin and a layer of glutinous rice, topped with diced bamboo shoots, dried tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and diced meat, bursting with flavor.

Unlike shumai from other parts of the country, Wuhan’s shumai is characterized by its rich flavor and abundant oil. The spiciness of the pepper blends with the slight sweetness of the glutinous rice, along with the essential diced shiitake mushrooms and lean meat.

During breakfast, rice noodles in fish soup are enjoyed with fried dough sticks, or the sticks are dipped into the soup, or torn into small pieces and soaked in the soup.

A trip to Wuhan is a culinary exploration journey.

18. Wuhan Yangtze River Cruise Tour

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When traveling to Wuhan, you must take a boat ride on the Yangtze River. Known as the “River City,” Wuhan has historically relied on boats as the only means of crossing the river 70 years ago.

While boats are no longer the primary mode of transportation in Wuhan, ferries still operate for river crossings. In addition, there are many sightseeing boats along the two rivers, distributed among various docks.

Currently, there are at least 13 docks in Wuhan where you can board boats, located in areas such as Wuchang, Hankou, Hanyang, and Qing Shan.

There are three types of boats available:

  • Regular ferries: These are like buses or subways, transporting people from one side to the other, with ticket prices similar to public transportation.
  • Sightseeing boats: These are primarily for enjoying the scenery, with the boat resembling a “cafe” where you can sit and admire the view while cruising. Prices are higher than regular ferries.
  • Tourist cruises: These luxury cruises cost between CNY 100 and CNY 300. These ships offer a range of amenities, including performances, entertainment, and dining options, making them the most expensive option.

For regular ferries, you can buy tickets directly at the window. For sightseeing and tourist cruises, you can pay directly at the dock or purchase tickets through third-party platforms, similar to buying tickets for tourist attractions.

For a comfortable overnight experience, the “Zhiyin Cruise Ship” is recommended. The boarding point is at Zhiyin Pier, Hankou Jiangtan, Yanjiang Avenue, Jiangan District.

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🛫 How Do I Travel to Wuhan

As a transportation hub in the central region, Wuhan is located in a well-connected transportation network, accessible by various means.

Air travel is the most efficient, and the opening of the airport metro line has shortened the travel time from the airport to the city center.

Trains are also a popular choice, with all three major railway stations connected by metro. Wuhan Railway Station in the city center and Hankou Railway Station are close to some popular attractions.

For travel from other cities in the province, taking a long-distance bus to Wuhan is convenient.

By Plane

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH) is about 30 kilometers from the city center. It operates passenger flights to 72 domestic cities and 47 international cities/regions, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, Singapore, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

From the airport to the city center, you can choose from airport buses, the metro, or taxis:

  • Airport buses: The boarding point is outside Gate 9 on the 1st floor of Terminal 2; there are multiple routes to the city center.
  • Metro: Line 2 goes directly to the airport, operating hours on weekdays are 6:00-23:00, and on weekends are 6:30-23:00.

By Train

Wuhan has three major railway stations: Wuchang Railway Station, Hankou Railway Station, and Wuhan Railway Station.

These stations connect Wuhan to cities within Hubei Province and to most major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Chongqing, Chengdu, and Nanchang.

Wuchang Station is a major station on the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, so there are more regular trains than high-speed trains; it is located in the Wuchang district, closer to popular attractions in Wuchang and Hankou.

Wuhan Station is a high-speed rail station, with most high-speed trains and intercity trains stopping there. It is located in the Qing Shan district, a bit farther out, but closer to East Lake and Chuhehan Street.

All three railway stations are connected by metro, with Wuchang and Wuhan Stations on Metro Line 4 and Hankou Station on Metro Line 2, making transportation within the city convenient regardless of which station you arrive at.

🚖 How to Get Around Wuhan

Metro

Wuhan has 9 subway lines, which can reach most of the city’s attractions. Lines 2 and 4 pass through many major sights, but Line 2 can be crowded during peak hours, so plan your trip accordingly!

Bus

In Wuhan, public buses traverse all areas in Hankou, Wuchang, and Hanyang Districts at a budget-friendly price of CNY 1 or CNY 1.2.

Taxi/Ride-Hailing

Both services are easily found in Wuhan, providing convenient transportation options. The fare starts at CNY 10 for the first 3 kilometers and CNY 1.8 for each additional kilometer.

Bicycle

Cycling can be an enjoyable way to discover Wuhan, particularly along the Yangtze River or around the city’s numerous lakes.

☀️ Best Time to Visit Wuhan

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for tourism in Wuhan.

Spring is the season of blooming flowers. From mid to late March, visitors can go to Wuhan University campus to see the cherry blossoms, which are at their peak during this time. The cherry blossom season is short, lasting only about 13-20 days. Every year, during the peak bloom, over a million tourists come to see them. The weather during this time is mild and comfortable.

Summer is hot and humid, with temperatures often exceeding 40 degrees Celsius for up to 40 consecutive days. Due to Wuhan’s developed water system, the high daytime humidity makes the heat feel uncomfortable.

Autumn in Wuhan is neither dry nor cold, providing a comfortable temperature range without the desolation of the north or the prolonged heat of the south.

The transition from autumn to winter is often quick. As soon as cold air masses move southward, temperatures drop significantly. From late December to February, Wuhan experiences winter, with average temperatures generally ranging from 1-3 degrees Celsius. On good days, temperatures can reach 7-8 degrees, but during cold snaps or snowfall, temperatures often drop below 0 degrees.

🏨 Where to Stay in Wuhan

Wuhan is divided by the Yangtze River and the Han River into three main areas: Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang, each with its own attractions. Which area is more convenient to stay in?

Wuchang: Famous attractions such as Yellow Crane Tower, Hubu Alley, and East Lake are all located in this area. Most people choose to stay near the Yellow Crane Tower due to its proximity to these attractions.

Hankou: This area is known for its concession buildings and the Hankou River Beach, making it ideal for those interested in history and culture. Staying near Jianghan Road is a good choice, as it provides easy access to many attractions.

Hanyang: This area has fewer attractions and less convenient transportation compared to the other two areas, so it is generally not the first choice for tourists.

The Westin Wuhan Wuchang: Adjacent to the Wuchang River Beach, the surrounding environment is relatively quiet. The hotel is near the Jiyuqiao Station on Metro Line 2 and is close to Hubu Alley. It is separated from the Yangtze River by a riverbank, and staying at the hotel offers a view of the brilliant lights on the riverbank. The rooftop bar Lane 96 on the 5th floor is recognized as the best riverside bar in Wuhan.

Marco Polo Wuhan: The hotel is located within the old concession area. For a view of the river, you can book an executive room with a river view. There are local eateries in the nearby alleys, offering authentic flavors. It’s only a 2-minute walk to Lihuangpi Road, where you can admire many old buildings from the Republican era.

Shangri-La Wuhan: Located on Financial Street, Shangri-La is only a 2-minute walk from Xianggang Road Subway Station, making it very convenient for travel. As an established five-star hotel, its facilities are top-notch. The lobby lounge offers themed afternoon tea sets each month, which are both delicious and reasonably priced.

Dorsett Wuhan: Located near Jianghan Road Pedestrian Street and the distinctive food street of Jixing Street, the hotel’s lower floors feature a cinema, a large shopping center, and various unique leisure facilities, making it a very convenient choice!

As my time in Wuhan comes to a close, reflecting on these top 20 experiences fills me with gratitude for the vibrant moments this city has offered. From exploring the ancient history at Yellow Crane Tower to indulging in the local flavors at Hubu Alley, Wuhan has shown me a side of China that’s both rich in tradition and bustling with modern energy. My journey here has been nothing short of unforgettable, and I hope yours will be too. Wuhan, you’ve left a lasting impression on me.

China Travel Planning Guide&FAQ

🎫Do I need a visa for China?

Yes. Most visitors to China will need a visa to enter the country. The type of visa you need will depend on the purpose and duration of your trip, as well as your nationality. If you are a resident of the US, you must apply for a Chinese visa at the Consular Office in the country. On the other hand, inhabitants of countries like Japan, Canada, and the UK can request a visa through the Chinese Visa Application Service Center.

🤔Why is it necessary to install a VPN in China?

In China, the government has strict regulations on internet access, leading to the blocking of popular websites and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube. To access these sites, a VPN is suggested as a means of bypassing the restrictions. It is important to choose a reputable VPN provider and use caution while doing so. ExpressVPN has been historically deemed the most reliable VPN for this purpose, despite being heavily targeted by China’s censors. Nevertheless, it is still a widely preferred option owing to its ease of installation and user-friendliness.

📲Is it necessary to have a Chinese SIM card while in China?

Yes. It is crucial to acknowledge that accessing the internet in China may pose limitations due to certain websites being prohibited or filtered. To ensure uninterrupted connectivity while staying in China, purchasing a local SIM card is advisable. For optimum results, acquiring SIM cards from either China Unicom or China Mobile is recommended. While China Mobile has the most comprehensive coverage in China and is a market leader, China Unicom is more compatible with foreign phones, enabling 3G and 4G services. Or you can purchase a SIM card online.

🔮Should I buy China travel insurance?

Yes. Although China is generally a safe country for travel, it is still possible to encounter accidents or other unexpected occurrences. Therefore, obtaining travel insurance can provide a sense of security and financial protection. In my research, I have found that World Nomads is a reputable travel insurance provider that covers a wide range of activities and is recommended for the average traveler. Nevertheless, I advise you to compare insurance quotes from various providers before making a decision.

🚙Can you rent a car in China?

Unfeasible. Obtaining a Chinese driver’s license to rent a car and self-drive may seem like an option, but it is not a practical choice for most foreigners. Therefore, many prefer to opt for a driver or public transportation when navigating China, as it proves to be more convenient.

✈️What’s the best site to purchase flight tickets for China?

I suggest using Trip for affordable flights to China. As a China-based company, they often offer lower prices compared to foreign companies. Additionally, they offer English-speaking phone support in case of any issues.

🏡What is the best way to book hotels in China?

Not only does Trip offer a wider range of flight options, but it also provides a greater selection of hotels to choose from. Moreover, Agoda is a reliable resource for hotels throughout Asia.

🎒What do I pack for China?

Travel adapter and converter: China uses a different electrical system than many other countries, so it’s important to bring a travel adapter and converter if you plan to use electronic devices such as phones, cameras, and laptops.  
Sunscreen: The UV index in China can be high, particularly during the summer months, and prolonged exposure to the sun without protection can cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer.
Deodorant: It should be noted that finding deodorant in China may not be a simple task.

📚Can a guidebook for traveling to China be useful?

Yes. If you’re planning to travel to China for the first time, a travel guidebook can be a valuable resource, and Lonely Planet is one of the most reputable guides available globally. Its comprehensive itineraries and recommendations take into account your personal preferences and can save you both time and money. The insider tips are also extremely helpful in navigating China’s unique cultural landscape like a local.

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