Wuhan is a bustling city and the capital of Hubei Province. Given its location in central China, it's relied on as one of the country's main transport hubs. Visitors can expect a good mix of ancient history and big-city energy.
Wuhan stretches over the confluence of the Han and Yangtze Rivers. Historically comprising three cities (Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang), its story goes back more than 3 000 years. Today, its cultural sites are the legacy of its long life.
Visitors should stop at Guiyuan Temple. Built in the Qing Dynasty, it's an architectural masterpiece that holds many artefacts, including sculptures, statues, ancient records and Buddhist scripture.
As one of the Four Great Towers of China, the Yellow Crane Tower on Snake Hill is another must-see. It has survived numerous dynasties and contains a colourful mosaic spanning two of its five storeys. Visitors should also spend time at the Hubei Provincial Museum, which is home to a relics such as the ancient and mysteriously sharp Sword of Goujian.
Wuhan University is worth seeing too. Found on the shores of Donghu Lake, its beautiful campus grounds feature a pleasing mixture of Chinese and Western architecture. The university is particularly lovely in March, when, plum, peach and cherry blossoms burst into life.
Apartments are the city's most-common residential setup. This has led to the creation of numerous public outdoor spaces, where visitors can enjoy water features, charming pavilions and a venue for picnics and exercise. Visitors should also relax at Wuhan Botanical Garden, which is an astounding floral wonderland. East Lake is the largest and perhaps most popular of its magnificent settings.
Hubu Lane is the best place to explore Wuhan's cuisine. The area has a long history and is mostly known for various kinds of local breakfast.