7 Things to Do in Wuhan, China

13 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 Lake
Get 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.

3. Tour Yellow Crane Tower
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?

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  1. My high school history teacher taught at a university at Wuhan. He mentioned the cherry blossom trees. I didn't know about all the other delights of Wuhan. Before I graduated high school, he left mid semester to go back to Wuhan. It certainly is lovely.

    1. Wow, I didn't know anyone had ever heard of this city before, haha!

  2. I'm going to Wuhan on June 7th. Thanks for the info, it helps! I'm starting off my trip in Shen Zhen for school, then off to Wuhan to meet up with my friend. I knew nothing about Wuhan before I met her. Can't Wait!!

    1. Good luck and have fun! Let me know if you have any questions!

  3. Nice tips, thanks! Moving to Wuhan in a few months for a new job :)

    Which part of Wuhan has the best nightlife?

    1. Hey there! It depends on what kind of night life you want- the best bars are Helen's and Burton Cafe which are near the universities in the Wuchang district. They're both very international and open all night (and have good food and cheap beer!) If you want clubbing, your best bet is the riverside in the Hanyang district. There's 97/Return and Soho. Hope you have fun!

    2. Oops, I meant Hankou not Hanyang district. There's nothing in the Hanyang district, lol. Here's my post about partying in China : http://www.driftwoodanddaydreams.com/2012/12/how-to-party-in-china.html