Wuhan (武汉), Hubei, China Travel Guide

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Wuhan, China
Wuhan, China
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Wuhan (武汉) is the capital of Hubei province, China. It is a city of 6.1 million people, within metropolitan area of over 9 million inhabitants. Wuhan is the transportation hub for the surrounding provinces with major expressways and railway lines passing through the city. The city is in fact the conglomeration of three boroughs, namely Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang.

Guide to Wuhan Hotels

It's never easy finding the hotel that's just right for your stay. Still, by taking a little time to do your research, you increase your chance of getting a good hotel at the best price. Go through the list of hotels in Wuhan which we've put together, with full description, star rating, address, location map and evaluation. Pick the hotel of your choice and view the rates offered by different booking sites. Yes, we show you prices from different websites, so you don't have to visit them one by one.

More about Wuhan

The area where Wuhan is located has been settled for over three thousand years. City walls were built to protect the settlements of Hanyang in AD 206 and Wuchang in AD 223. It was also in AD 223 that the historic Yellow Crane Tower was built on the Wuchang side of the Yangtze River, and that year is regarded as the year that Wuhan was established.

When the railway was built through Wuhan in the late 19th century, it became an important transshipment point. Pressure from foreign powers resulted in the riverfront of Hankou being divided to various foreign concessions.

The Wuchang Uprising of 1991, staged by the followers of Dr Sun Yat-sen, was instrumental in bringing down the Qing Dynasty and usher in the Republic of China. In the 1920's, Wuhan served as the capital of the leftist Kuomintang government led by Wang Jingwei, in opposition to Chiang Kai-shek.

Wuhan's location by the bank of the Yangtze River made it vulnerable to devastating floods throughout history. The completion of the mammoth Three Gorges Dam is hoped to end these calamities.

Planning your trip to Wuhan

By Plane
The Wuhan Tianhe International Airport is about an hour from downtown Wuhan. It receives regular scheduled flights from most of the major cities in China, as well as a few selected Asian cities.

By Train
There are overnight trains connecting Wuhan with Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, each taking between 9 to 12 hours. High speed trains make the same journey within 6 hours to Shanghai, 9 to Beijing and 4 to Guangzhou.

Exploring Wuhan

The bus system can be a perplexing thing to visitors, so your best best is probably to take a taxi. Otherwise, an even safer option is just to follow a local tour.

Photos of Wuhan

First Yangtze River Bridge
First Yangtze River Bridge
Author: KongFu Wang (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

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Places of Interest in Wuhan

  1. Yellow Crane Tower
    Historic tower on She Shan, first built on the year of the founding of Wuhan in the 3rd century.

  2. Hubei Provincial Museum
    An excellent museum. Its highlight are the artifacts from the excavated tomb of the Marquis of Yi.

  3. Mao's Villa
    The villa that served as the hideaway for Mao Zedong between 1960 and 1974

  4. First Yangtze Bridge
    1,680-meter (5,511-feet) bridge built in 1957.

  5. Second Yangtze River Bridge
    4678-meter bridge with a central span of 400 meters built in 1995.

  6. Third Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge
    3586-meter bridge built in 2000.

  7. Wuhan World Trade Tower
    273-meter (896-foot) skyscraper in Wuhan

  8. Minsheng Bank Building
    331-meter (1,086-foot) skyscraper in Wuhan.

  9. Gui Shan
    Industrial quarter of Hanyang with a few interesting sights.

  10. Guiryuan Si
    Buddhist temple in western Hanyang.

  11. Hankou
    Site of the former foreign concession of Wuhan.

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