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Top 20 Things To Do In Wuhan, China

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Ruth Alexis
Ruth Alexis
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Wuhan is the vibrant capital of China’s Hubei province and captures both the past and the present in its sprawling expanse. There are so many things to do in Wuhan, from visiting the iconic Yangtze River to taking a stroll in the Wuhan Botanical Gardens. Whether you are a nature lover looking to spend a day by some tranquil waterfalls or a history buff hoping to immerse yourself in China’s long and rich past, Wuhan is definitely the place to go. If you are planning to visit Wuhan on your next trip to China, below are some of the best things to do in Wuhan, China that you need to check out.

1. Relax at the serene Baotong Temple

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Baotong Temple is a Chinese temple located at the base of the gorgeous Mount Hung and is renowned as one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Wuhan, dating back to the Song Dynasty. While at the Baotong Temple, you can take a stroll in its serene gardens and walk towards the majestic Hongshan Pagoda or learn more about Buddhism through guided tours of the Hall of Jade Buddha and the Hall of Maitreya.

Baotong Temple

Address: 549 Wuluo Rd, Hong Shan Jie Dao Kou Shang Quan, Wuchang Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China, 430079

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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2. Admire the surrounding landscape from Yellow Crane Tower

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The Yellow Crane Tower on Snake Hill gives you a perfect photo opportunity to capture the panoramic scenery of Wuhan. This includes a bird’s eye view of the iconic Yangtze River, the Yangtze River Bridge, and the scenic surroundings. The tower itself is worth taking a snapshot with for it is a majestic, eight-floored pagoda with a rich history dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

Yellow Crane Tower

Address: Huanghelou E Rd, Wuchang Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China, 430060

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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3. Browse through numerous artifacts at Hubei Provincial Museum

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The Hubei Provincial Museum is well known throughout China as one of its biggest and most established museums. It receives more than a million guests each year. The museum houses a wide variety of local and regional artifacts, from a set of bronze concert bells used in ancient China to entertain royalty, to a collection of traditional Chinese instruments like the guzheng and pipa. If you are a history enthusiast looking to understand the Chinese and Asian culture more deeply, this is the place for you.

Hubei Provincial Museum

Address: 156 Donghu Rd, Wuchang Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China, 430079

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

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4. Learn about biodiversity at Wuhan Botanical Garden

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Wuhan Botanical Garden has an impressive collection of over 10,000 species of flora and fauna. There are many walking trails, greenhouses and even a boat ride for families to enjoy while at the botanical gardens. While the primary aim of this botanical garden is to boost China’s contributions to global horticultural research, this garden nonetheless is worth a visit for tourists, as there is a wide range of activities and plant species to take a look at.

Wuhan Botanical Garden

Address: China, Hubei, Wuhan, Hongshan, Lumo Rd, 鲁磨路特1号

Opening hours: 9am - 8.30pm (daily)

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5. Appreciate the rich local culture at Han Show Theatre

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The Han Show Theatre is primarily used as a stadium to showcase Wuhan’s famous Han Show. It is a fascinating cultural extravaganza worth watching if you plan on dropping by Wuhan. However, the Han Show Theatre is also an architectural marvel worth visiting in its own right. The theatre was purportedly modeled after the traditional Chinese paper lantern typically held by millions of Chinese during festivals and it glows bright red at night. Inside the theatre are three Olympic-sized swimming pools and a massive stage complete with high diving platforms and acrobatics equipment, all in preparation for the spectacular Han Show.

Han Show Theatre

Address: No.1 Chuhehan Street, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430000, China

Opening hours: Wed - Fri: 8am - 9.30pm, Sat - Sun: 3pm - 9pm

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6. Witness spectacular sunsets from Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge

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The Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge is worth a visit not just for its fantastic vantage point for a great photo of the Yangtze River, but also because it is an architectural wonder in its own right. The bridge stretches across the vast expanse of the Yangtze River and is capable of handling 50,000 vehicles per day.

Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge

Address: Linjiang Ave, Hanyang Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China, 430050

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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7. Spend a relaxing weekend on the shores of Wuhan's East Lake

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If you are looking for a chance to wind down after a long day of sightseeing, visiting Wuhan’s East Lake to picnic and enjoy the sunset is the perfect thing to do. During the cherry blossom season which typically spans from April to June, you will get the chance to snap a beautiful photo with one of the many cherry blossom trees that bloom around the lake.

East Lake in Wuhan

Address: Donghu Lake, Wuhan, China, 430000

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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8. Watch the unique Han Show

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The Han Show is one of the top must-see things to do in Wuhan, China. The show is a two-hour long spectacle complete with dancing, singing, water jetski performers, acrobats, high diving and unique special effects. The Han Show Theatre is worth visiting in its own right and the theatre is able to house over 2000 people within in Olympic stadium-sized dome.

The Han Show

Address: Linjiang Ave, Wuchang Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China, 430050

Opening hours: Varies

Price: 33.08 USD

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9. Wonder at the blend of traditional Chinese and modern architecture at Han Street

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Han Street is a unique tourist attraction where old meets new. If you want to gain a deeper understanding of the past behind some well-known political and historical figures of Wuhan, you must visit the Qu Yuan Square, Zhaojun Square or the bust of the Taichi Master. The Zhenggang Art Gallery, Wenhua Bookshop and Madame Tussauds Wuhan are also popular places of attraction worth a visit on Han Street.

Han Street

Address: Wuchang, Wuhan, China, 430079

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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10. Visit the scenic Donghu National Park

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Attention all nature lovers! Donghu National Park boasts scenic wetland boardwalks and biking paths and has been touted as “one of the most beautiful places in Wuhan” by visitors. If you want a respite from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Wuhan, you can simply take a bus or a short cab ride to Donghu National Park. If you do not wish to walk too far into the wetlands, you can take a stroll around the park’s lotus lake or take a beautiful snapshot with some cherry blossom trees around the pond.

Donghu National Park

Address: East Suburbs of Wuchang District, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430000, China

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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11. Interact with the locals while cycling around Wuhan

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With many biking paths and bicycle-friendly zones around Wuhan, you can simply rent a bike from a small local shop or borrow a bike from your accommodation host to explore Wuhan. If you wish, you can also use Wuhan’s public bike-sharing system, which allows you to rent and drop off your bike at any one of the bike sharing stations around the city, which is a convenient and affordable mode of commute around town. A 5-minute bike ride will bring you from The Han Show Theatre to Madame Tussauds Wuhan, while a 10-minute bike ride brings you from the Yellow Crane Tower to the Yangtze River Bridge.

Wuhan

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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12. Shop your heart out at Jianghan Street

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Jianghan Street is the perfect one-stop location to buy all your souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home. There is a wide range of local shops selling handmade scarves, traditional Chinese mooncakes and other gifts for you to pack home. If you are looking to shop for international brand items, shops like Nike, Adidas and Zara are scattered along the street for you to check out.

Jianghan Street

Address: Jianghan Road, Jianghan District, Wuhan 430022, China

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13. Visit Mount Wudang

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Mount Wudang is popularly known as Taihe Mountain. It is a pilgrimage destination for devout Buddhists and Taoists. The area is famous for many natural wonders which incles spring water lakes, ancient wells, caves, and cliffs. Many tourists choose to take a day tour up onto the mountains, but should you wish to stay overnight, many hotels and hot spring spas offer excellent accommodation too.

Mount Wudang

Address: Wudang Mountain, Danjiangkou, Shiyan, China

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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14. Attend an art exhibition at the Hubei Museum of Art

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Hubei Museum of Art is an art gallery that focuses on showcasing local contemporary art. Famous pieces by local artists include the oil painting “Chinese Coolies” and the calligraphy painting titled “Love Lines of the Heart” are displayed here. Many contemporary artists also showcase their work on a rotational basis, so you will be sure to expect something different with each visit made.

Hubei Museum of Art

Address: 368 Zhongshan Rd, Wuchang Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China

Website: Hubei Museum of Art

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

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15. Tap into your spiritual side by visiting the Guiyuan Temple

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Guiyuan Temple is a Buddhist temple also known as the “Temple of Original Purity”. If you are looking to tap into your inner spirituality or enjoy some peace and quiet away from the hustle of the city, Guiyuan Temple is the place to visit. There are three courtyards and many small temples scattered around the main pagoda.

Guiyuan Temple

Address: 20 Guiyuansi Rd, Hanyang Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China

Website: Guiyuan Temple

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16. Ignite your love for nature at the Huangpi Mulan Culture Ecological Tourism Area

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Huangpi Mulan Culture Ecological Tourism Area consists of numerous exquisite mountains, lakes, and plains. The Ecological Tourism Area is widely believed to the birthplace of the popular historical figure Mulan. She was an iconic female general known for her bravery and filial piety. Visitors may explore the Mulan Heavenly Lake by taking a boat ride, where they will get to catch a glimpse of the Mulan Mountain and thr Mulan Yunwu Mountain.

Huangpi Mulan Culture Ecological Tourism Area

Address: 045 Country Rd, Huangpi Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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17. Explore precious stones at Wuhan Chinese Strange Stones Museum

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Wuhan Chinese Strange Stones Museum is a unique place of interest for tourists keen on learning more about precious and rare stones and the fascinating stories behind each stone’s discovery. Ancient Chinese tales claim that there are four main kinds of stones: Taihu, Lingbi, Yuha, and Yingde, and each stone invokes a different emotion in the person who touches it.

Wuhan Chinese Strange Stones Museum

Address: 61 Cuiwei Rd, Zhong Jia Cun, Hanyang Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China

Website: Wuhan Chinese Strange Stones Museum

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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18. Visit the prestigious Wuhan University

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Wuhan University is one of the most prestigious universities in China and is steeped in cultural and historical significance. It was established in 1843 and still remains as one of the pioneers in the fields of science and technological research today. Visitors can take a picture with one of the many cherry blossoms around the campus, or in front of the iconic Wuhan University Administrative Centre.

Wuhan University

Address: Wuhan University, Wuchang, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 430072

Website: Wuhan University

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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19. Pay a visit to Madame Tussauds Wuhan

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Madame Tussauds is a classic tourist attraction. This franchise in Wuhan houses more than 40 different statues of famous Chinese and non-Chinese personalities, from Jeremy Lin to Wolverine. If you want to get a picture with one of these celebrities but never got the chance, a visit to Madame Tussauds Wuhan is the perfect opportunity for you to snap a photo and fool your friends!

Madame Tussauds Wuhan

Address: No.21 Han Street, Wuhan 430000, China

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

Price: 19.63 USD

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20. Set sail on a scenic cruise on the Yangtze River

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For an affordable price of around 32 USD, you can set sail on the iconic Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia. There are many beautiful cliffs, gorges, and beaches that you can see along the way. If you wish to spend a longer time on the water, there are three-day long luxury cruises you can book to enjoy your time on the water in comfort and style.

Yangtze River

Address: Linjiang Ave, Hanyang Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: 32 USD

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Many great things to do in Wuhan

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There are so many amazing things to do in Wuhan, from sailing on the Yangtze to taking a relaxed stroll around Wuhan Botanical Gardens. Be sure to check out the aforementioned most amazing things to do in Wuhan before your next trip there!

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