Yellow Crane Tower
Yellow Crane Tower is on the summit of Snake Mountain, and enjoys renown on a par with Yueyang Tower in Hunan Province and Tengwang Pavilion in Jiangxi Province. It was first built during the Three Kingdoms period (223 A.D.). At present, it is a sign construction of Wuhan.
Yellow Crane Tower has five floors, and is 51.4 meters tall. On each floor, there are murals, couplets and many cultural relics. Outside the tower, there are many auxiliary buildings- a pagoda, memorial arches and pavilions which increase the magnificence of the tower. From ancient to modern times, numerous prominent figures have ascended the tower to write popular works that have been handed down from generation to .The most famous poem written here is the reverentially titled “Yellow Crane Tower, by Cui Hao. In 2007, the tower was recognized as one of the first AAAA level scenic spots.
Apart from Yellow Crane Tower, you can also see White Cloud Tower, Pavilion with Inscription of Mao Tsedong’s Lyrics, Brush-Withdrawing Pavilion, Millenium Bell, Goose Inscription Pavilion, Stele Verandaand the “Portrait of the Returning Cranes” Relief Sculpture here.
*You can download the bilingual note to show it to a taxi driver or someone else to find your way to Yellow Crane Tower if you plan to visit Yellow Crane Tower and have language problems.
Hours: 7:00-18:30 (Apr. 1st to Oct. 31st), 7:30-17:30 (Nov. 1st to Mar. 31st)
Address: No. 1 Xipote, Snake Hill, Wuchang, Wuhan
Transportation: take Bus 10, 61, 64, 108, 401, 402, 411, 413, 584, etc. and get down at the station of Yellow Crane Tower.
Admission: CNY 50
East Lake Scenic Spot
East Lake Scenic Spot is located in the eastern suburb of Wuchang, and is the biggest urban lake in China. The total water area of East Lake is six times greater than that of West Lake. In 1982, East Lake Scenic Spot was included in the list of the first National Key Scenic Spots, and welcomed 2 million tourists. In 1999, East Lake Scenic Spot was awarded the title of National Civilized Scenic Area. In 2000, East Lake Scenic Spot became one of the first National AAAA Level Tourist Attractions. East Lake Scenic Spot also houses numerous other areas of great interest to tourists, such as Mo Hill Scenic Area, Tingtao Scenic Area, Luoyan Scenic Area, Chuidi Scenic Area, Oriental Cherry Garden, Birds Whistling Woods and Plum Blossom Garden. After February 2010 East Lake Scenic Spot will host a number of festivals, among them Plum Blossom Festival, Lotus Festival and Oriental Cherry Festival. All of this will add an extra magical dimension for visitors lucky enough to get here.
*You can download the bilingual note to show it to a taxi driver or someone else to find your way to East Lake Scenic Spot if you plan to visit East Lake Scenic Spot and have language problems.
Address: eastern suburbs of Wuchang, Wuhan
Transportation: take Bus 515, 36, 402, 401 and 413 to Mo Hill Scenic Area and take Bus 14, 102, 537, 578, 605, 701, 411 and 108 to Tingtao Scenic Area.
Admission: CNY 40 for Mo Hill Scenic Area and CNY 10 for Luoyan Scenic Area
Mulan Pool of Heaven
Mulan Pool of Heaven is located in the western part of the Mulan Ecotourism Region, bordering Mulan Hill and Mulan Lake to the east. Mulan Pool of Heaven has more than two hundred natural landscape areas consisting of waterfalls, streams, rivers, fantastic rocks and trees. The most famous ones include Shangba Pool, Xiaba Pool, the waterfall and Diexue Stream.
*You can download the bilingual note to show it to a taxi driver or someone else to find your way to Mulan Pool of Heaven if you plan to visit Mulan Pool of Heaven and have language problems.
Address: Shimen Town, Huangpo District, Wuhan
Transportation: take regular bus from Wuhan Port at 7:30-9:30 to Mulan Pool of Heaven.
Admission: CNY 40
Hubei Provincial Museum
Hubei Provincial Museum, near East Lake, is a National AAAA Level Tourist Attraction and contains more cultural relics than any other museum in Hubei Province.
In Hubei Provincial Museum there are about 200,000 historical relics, including 640 first class cultural relics under national protection and 16 national treasures. At present, exhibits include bronze wares of Shang and Zhou Dynasties, lacquer wood wares of Chu State, bamboo slip of Qin Dynasty and some famous calligraphy and paintings. Other rare pieces here include chime bells, blue-and-white porcelain of the Yuan Dynasty, the sword of Gou Jian, the spear of Fuchai, and the Twenty-Eight Lunar Mansions Constellation Map.
*You can download the bilingual note to show it to a taxi driver or someone else to find your way to Hubei Provincial Museum if you plan to visit Hubei Provincial Museum and have language problems.
Hours: 8:30-12:00, 13:30-17:00
Address: No. 156 Donghu Road, Wuchang, Wuhan
Transportation: take Bus 14, 709, 552 and tour Bus 402 and 411, and get down at the station of Sanguandian.
Admission: for free
Guiyuan Temple is a Buddhist temple and a National AAAA Level Tourist Attraction, located in the Hanyang District of Wuhan. The temple houses five hundred Lohan stone carvings, which took nine years to complete.
Guiyuan Temple was built during the reign of Emperor Shunzhi of Qing Dynasty, and consists of the Sutra Collection Pavilion, The Mahavira Palace and Lohan Hall. The two most precious treasures collected in Guiyuan Temple are the Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra, written on paper less than 7 inches in length and width, and the Avatamsaka and Saddharmapundarika Sutras.
*You can download the bilingual note to show it to a taxi driver or someone else to find your way to Guiyuan Temple if you plan to visit Guiyuan Temple and have language problems.
Address: Cuiwei Road, Hanyang District, Wuhan
Transportation: take Bus 45, 707, 524 and Tour Bus 1
Admission: CNY 20 in normal times, CNY 30 on New Year’s Day and in Spring Festival, and CNY 50 on the 1st and 15th of each month of the Chinese lunar calendar and on the God of Wealth’s Birthday.
Baotong Temple sits at the southern foot of Hongshan Hill in Wuchang. It was built during the Southern Dynasty (420 A.D. – 479 A.D.), giving it a history of more than 1580 years.
Baotong Temple is famous for the three springs and the fantastic rocks. The most well-known building in the temple is Hongshan Pagoda, which was built in the Yuan Dynasty in order to commemorate monk Ciren, and was also known as Lingji Pagoda. The Hongshan Pagoda is made of bricks and stones and is 44.3 meters in height, though the interior lies empty. On the hill at the back of the temple, there are trees called Yue Pines, named as such because it is said that the trees were planted by the hero of the nation and the people of Song Dynasty, Yue Fei.
*You can download the bilingual note to show it to a taxi driver or someone else to find your way to Baotong Temple if you plan to visit Baotong Temple and have language problems.
Address: southern foot of Hongshan Hill, Wuhan
Transportation: take Bus 503, 519, 536, 709 and tour Bus 1, and get down at Hongshan Station
Admission: CNY 10