Yellow Crane Tower
The well-known Yellow Crane Tower, a Wuhan landmark, is a must for travelers. Inscriptions by famous poets and literati from ancient dynasties adorn the tower. A climb to the top nets a bird's view of the entire city.
Second in importance is Guiyuan Buddhist Temple (Temple of Original Purity). One of the four important Buddhist temples in China, it is known for its perfect architecture, excellent sculptures, and rich collection of Buddhist doctrine.
In the city, you can go to visit Chairman Mao Zedong's Villa. The villa adjacent to the East Lake was built as a retreat house for Chairman Mao and other privileged ruling members of the Politburo. Mao nicknamed it "Home of the White Clouds and Yellow Cranes" where he enjoyed the quiet ambiance and great relief it offered.
Besides, the Heptachord Terrace is another quite wonderful place of interest. Known as Guqin Tai, it is a reminder of the legend of Yu Boya, an expert heptachord player and Zhong Ziqi, a woodcutter, who can understood Boya's music.
Wuhan presents charming scenery for nature lovers. The scenic East Lake area is top on all travel plans for its fascinating lake scenery, charming plum gardens and bamboo forest. Gui Shan (Tortoise Hill), Mo Hill and Qingchuan Pavilion are also worth of visiting.
Modern architecture vies for interest with historic sites. The bund area in Hankou, the famous waterfront along the Han River is a bustling commercial section with colonial style architecture, bars and pubs. At night this is the hub of Wuhan nightlife. Two other shopping streets in Zhongshan Dadao and Jiefang Dadao are also popular.
Yangtze River Bridge, known as Wuhan Changjiang Daqiao, is the first highway-railway bridge over the Yangtze River. It has two levels – the upper one for bus transit and the lower for trains. From the bridge, you can see the rolling water run to the east with ships coming and going.
Travelers interested in China's brilliant historical civilization should not miss Hubei Provincial Museum with its collection of more than 200,000 artifacts excavated from ancient tombs. Among them, the bronze bells are most attractive.
Another popular museum is the National Stone Museum, famed for its collection of various rare stones. To admire the enchanting unique stones, some 1,300 pieces of stone in the National Stone Museum will virtually broaden your mind.