7 Things to Do in Wuhan, China13 March 2013
For most people, Wuhan is not a city that is considered a stop on a tour of China. In fact, most people haven't even heard of this city, despite the fact that it's the 5th largest city in the country. My summer in Wuhan, however, taught me that there are many things to do to keep any tourist entertained:
1. Visit East LakeGet out the city and enjoy the natural beauty of East Lake. Go swimming, lotus blossom viewing, or check out the castle on the hill. However, the lake itself is huge and you won't be able to walk to see it all. Rent a bike or even taxi a taxi to view all parts of the park.
2. Go to Hubei Provincial Museum
This beautiful museum is a great way to introduce yourself to Chinese history if you're not too familiar. Learn about the Warring Kingdoms era, check out ancient artifacts, and see beautiful pottery. When all my friends had finished touring the museum, I spent another good hour exploring the exhibits.
Check out the tower that is the symbol of the city. Sadly, this is not the original pagoda; this is only a reconstruction of what originally stood on this site. Nonetheless, it's beautiful and features a complex of buildings where you can see Chinese art and performances of traditional dance and music.
4. Get a snack at Hu Bu Xiang
As I mentioned before when discussing street food safety, this is a great place to get some traditional food that is also very cheap. As well, there's lots of light shopping which is great for getting all your souvenirs. The area around Hu Bu Xiang is also excellent for more high end shopping.
5. Check out Wuhan University
It may seem weird to tour a university but trust me, this place is gorgeous! In fact, it's considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Check out the famous arch of the girls' dorms and enjoy the green spaces in between. In spring, tourists from across the nation flock to see the cherry blossoms bloom along the school avenues.
6. Hang around the river banks
If you wanna experience Wuhan like a local, this is the place to go. There's always something happening down by the river banks just next to First Bridge. In the day people play a traditional spinning-top game, in the evening the elderly do tai chi, and at night people set off fireworks and paper lanterns.
7. Go Clubbing
Wuhan is surprisingly great for a night out. The bars and clubs are cheap, there's no covers, and since there are hardly any foreigners in this city you'll be treated like a celebrity. I tell everyone that it's a essential that they go partying if they visit China. Nothing compares to these clubs!
So what do you think? Do you wanna visit Wuhan?