Wuhan Travel Guide

Wuhan Travel Guide

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Wuhan Facts

Chinese Name: 武汉 (wǔ hàn )
Population: 12,000,000
Area: 8,596.15 square kilometers (3,318.99 square miles)
Location: in the west of Hubei Province, central China
Administrative Division: 13 districts (Jiang' an, Jianghan, Qiaokou, Hanyang, Wuchang, Qingshan, Hongshan, Caidian, Jiangxia, Huangbei, Xinzhou, Dongxihu, Hannan); 1 county (Suixian); 1 county-level city (Guangshui)
Area Code: 027
Zip Code: 430000
GDP (2019): CNY 1,622.321 billion (USD 235.153 billion)

China’s Main Industrial & Transport Center

Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in central China, is situated on Jianghan Plain, a river-crossed fertile land created by the Hanjiang River joining the Yangtze River. This is a routine port for a Yangtze River cruise. Divided by the Yangtze, Wuhan is known as the 'Three Towns of Wuhan' with Hankou and Hanyang on the west bank, and Wuchang on the east.

Being an important industrial base in China, Wuhan has developed a complete industrial system of iron and steel, automobile, optoelectronics, chemical industry, metallurgy, textile, shipbuilding, manufacturing, and medicine. This city is also China’s main transport hub as its high-speed rail network radiates most cities of China and flights to the world. It takes about 5 hours to Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong by train while there are 40 direct overseas routes to four continents. Moreover, Wuhan is an important science and education City in China. The number of colleges and universities ranks third in China.

Beautiful cherry blossom, wonderful lake and river views and abundant snacks all add unique charm to Wuhan. In March, cherry blossoms in full bloom in Wuhan University and Mo Mountain attract tourists from all over the country. And the picturesque East Lake and night scenery of Yangtze River will make you intoxicated. All kinds of breakfasts in Hubu Alley are particularly attractive. A bowl of Hot and Dry Noodles is an indispensable delicacy in the life of Wuhan people.

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Wuhan is a city with both an ancient history and a thriving present. Historic relics excavated from ancient tombs tell the city's long history dating back 3,500 years. In the period of Pre-Qin (770 B.C. - 221 B.C.), it was the land of the State of Chu (one of the seven warring states before Qin, in the country's first feudal dynasty) and was the cradle of the brilliant Chu Civilization. Starting here, merchants followed the great Yangtze River and lake network to expand businesses throughout the entire country.
In the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), Hankou became one of the four best-known towns in the country. For centuries, Wuhan has been the center of trade and transportation in central China. Today it is an important hub in central China and a feature of Yangtze River cruises for sightseers and businessmen traveling from Sichuan to Shanghai or Hong Kong.

The uprising voice of the Revolution of 1911 was heard here firstly. The revolution which aimed to overthrow the autocratic monarchy of the Qing Dynasty (1636 - 1912) and establish the Republican government is one of the great events in modern China.

Hubei Provincial Museum
Bronze Vessel in Hubei Provincial Museum
Yellow Crane Tower
Yellow Crane Tower

Wuhan is the place to find both history and natural wonders. Hubei Provincial Museum and Yellow Crane Tower are two places to appreciate ancient Chinese history and culture. In the museum, chimes excavated from tombs reveal the incredible achievements of ancient people in music, acoustics and metallurgy. The classic poems and inscriptions on the tower, (although unrecognizable to most Westerners) can inspire your spirit as you pretend to be a poet with a bird's-eye view of the river from the tower window. In addition, the famous Villa of Chairman Mao Zedong on the scenic bank of East Lake, Wuchang, is an ideal place for Westerns to learn more about him. Travelers going to Wuhan can also visit these attractions:


Two famous places for local snacks in Wuhan are Ji Qing Jie night street and Hu Bu Xiang breakfast street. Ji Qing Jie features all kinds of special foods plus entertainment at table by classical folk musicians. Snacks top on visitors' list include Re Gan Mian , Steamed Wuchang Fish and Fried Bean Sheets. Street stalls in Hu Bu Xiang support the local habit of Guo Zao (having breakfast at street stalls with their cheap tasty food and vendors' skillful performance). Benefited from rivers around, Wuhan Cuisine earns its reputation especially from fish. Chairman Mao Zedong in his poem wrote: "I have just drunk the waters of Changsha Come to eat the fish of Wuchang." Streamed Wuchang Fish is a must for epicures.
 Hubei Cuisine
 Featured Snacks
 Western Style Food
Yangtze River Bridge
Yangtze River Bridge
Time-honored Han Zheng Street and the bustling walking street near Hanjiang Road are two choices for shopping lovers in Wuhan. Comb through dazzling shops housed in traditional Chinese buildings and find special gifts for friends and family. Even the most fastidious shopper will be satisfied.
 Wuhan is also a city with impressive nightlife. Today people have more entertainment choices than ever before. Instead of watching TV at home, locals go to the cinema with friends, or spend the evening at disco parlors, karaoke rooms, bars and pubs and other interesting places.
 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Wuhan has been implemented at Tianhe International Airport. Passport holders from eligible countries, such as USA, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, can enjoy up to 144 hours free transit when they take an international transfer at the airport. 

 See more Top 10 Things to Do in Wuhan
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Golf Vacation 

Further Reading
9 China Famous Cities for Study Tour

China Population by City: List of 50 Most Populated Cities

- Last updated on Jul. 13, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Wuhan Travel
Asked by Wedajo Mazgebu Abebe from ETHIOPIA | Jan. 03, 2024 10:05Reply
Luggage for High Speed Train
My luggage is 46 kg which means 23 kg per luggage each.So Can I take this from Wuhan to Guangzhou by train
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly | Jan. 05, 2024 00:31

Generally, there is no large problem.
Asked by Eny from ZIMBABWE | Jul. 13, 2023 17:26Reply
My family recently got their S2 visas to china.Is there any healthy form they need to fill to travel
Answers (1)
Answered by Nick | Jul. 13, 2023 20:57

Yes, they need to fill in the health declaration form before entering.
Asked by Todd S Hewett from USA | Jan. 12, 2023 07:01Reply
Trains from HK to Wuhan
Has this train route (HK to Wuhan) started running again?
Answers (1)
Answered by Anna | Jan. 12, 2023 16:46

Not yet. But they will soon. Those HK to Guangzhou and Shenzhen will run again since Jan. 15.
Asked by Bimmy from PAKISTAN | Jun. 09, 2021 18:32Reply
Visit by train
I want to visit Wuhan by train from Beijing for Dragon Boat Festival. Do I need to do anything special? Do I need to get tested for covid before going? Will I have problems going back to Beijing by train? Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by ding | Jun. 11, 2021 23:23

If you are in china for a long time, you don`t need to get tested for covid except from guangdong province.
Asked by Katherine from SOUTH AFRICA | Dec. 18, 2019 00:06Reply
I am a South African travelling from Bangkok to New York via Wuhan on China Southern Airlines.
Tianhe airport does not offer checking luggage straight through, so upon arrival in WH we need to collect our luggage and re-check in for the New York flight.

Does anyone have any information regarding transit visa or if they are needed for this kind of travel?

Thanks in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Dec. 22, 2019 16:47

If your layover or better to say transit time in Wuhan is less than 24 hours, you will be eligible for 24 hour visa free transit and you don't need any kind of visa.

You will print out your flight tickets and bring those printouts with you. Also, you will declare at check-in in Bangkok that you will travel to New York via Wuhan using 24 hour visa free transit. After a short inspection of your flight tickets, you will be allowed to board the plane.

Upon your arrival, you will approach 24 hour visa free transit counter where you will apply for a temporary entry permit to be allowed to collect your luggage and to recheck for your flight to New York. Basically, this is it.
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