As the name East Lake (Donghu) indicates, this lake lies east of Wuhan. Measuring 33 sq. km in area, this is the largest lake that is so close to a major city China. The lake and land around the lake has been turned into a vast public park, with bird sanctuaries, botanical gardens, museums, hiking trails, boating facilities and more.
Wuhan is located in the heart of China, where the Yangzi River and the Beijing-Guangzhou railway intersect. With goods and people from all over the country converging, Wuhan has grown to be a city with strong personality - outgoing, bold, restless. It is the capital of Hubei Province and the economic powerhouse of Central China.
Guiyuan Zen Temple
Located in Hanyang District in Wuhan, Guiyuan Zen Temple was one of the most important Buddhist establishments in the region. Sitting on 11 acres of land, the temple was originally founded in the 17th century and shelters many precious Buddhist sutras and artifacts.
Hubei Provincial Museum
The region in which Wuhan is located has a long history behind, being the birthplace of what is known as chu culture in China. The Hubei Provincial Museum presents this rich history with impressive exhibitions. Of particular interest in the collections of the museum is the Zenghouyi Bianzhong or "serial bells." The set is consisted of 65 bronze bells in the set, which weigh a total of 2.5 tons and are arranged according to their sizes. They date back over 2,400 years ago and were excavated 1978.
Mulanshan Scenic Area
Mulanshan Scenic Area (Mulanshan Fengjingqu) is located 50 km north of Wuhan, known for its green hills, clear water, and cool breeze. A nice retreat from the urban bustling of Wuhan.
Wuhan Yangzi River Bridge
Wuhan Yangzi River Bridge spans the Yangzi in the heart of Wuhan. Constructed in the 1950s, this was the first bridge ever built over the great Yangzi River, an engineering feat much celebrated at the time. Since then, several other bridges have been built over the Yangzi. The historic bridge is 1.67 km in length and is over 80 meters in height. It is used by trains, automobiles, and pedestrians.
Yellow Crane Tower
Huanghe Lou, the Yellow Crane Tower, stands atop of a hill on the northern bank of the Yangzi River in Wuhan. The tower overlooks the Yangzi and Wuhan, making an ideal viewing platform. The tower was originally built in the historical period of Three Kingdoms (the 3rd century) but was burned a number of times in the coming centuries. The tower currently standing is recently constructed, measuring 50 meters in height. The name of the tower refers to a legend, made famous by an ancient poem - "the immortal has flied away with the yellow crane, leaving behind this empty tower for people of later times to see..."
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport is 30 km north of the city center of Wuhan. Transportation: shuttle buses, taxis, and city buses.