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Historical Sites

The well-known Yellow Crane Tower, The Yellow Crane Tower was originally built in 223 A.D during the Three Kingdoms Period as a Wu Kingdom military tower. The tower has fascinated poets through the centuries, it has inspired many ancient poets and artists.

 

The picGuiyuan Buddhist Temple (Temple of Original Purity)turesque compound of the temple includes a huge hall that houses five hundred skillfully scrlptured arhat statues, each different from the other in bodily posture and facial expression -- sitting, sleeping, laughing, angry. The temple also boasts of a rich collection of stone carvings, paintings, and Buddhist scriptures.

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.

 Natural Sites

The East Lake, one of the major tourist attractions in Wuhan, is one of the 10 lakes located in the east suburb of Wuchang. It covers an area of 87 square kilometers and contains 33 square kilometers of water. With its bending lake banks and crossing ponds and brooks, it is called "the Lake of 99 Bays".

 Modern Charm

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.

 Museums

Travelers interested in China's brilliant historical civilization should not miss Hubei Provincial Museum with its collection of more than 140,000 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.

Surrounding Cities:

Yichang City, 200 miles distant, is the door to Sanxia (Three Gorges), famous for tourism and the first dam (Gezhouba Dam) along the Yangtze River. >>>Yichang Attractions

Wudang Mountains: Located in the northwest of Danjiangkou City, the Wudang Mountains is one of the most distinguished Taoist mountains in China. Apart from the beautiful natural sceneries, ancient buildings on the mountain make it a cultural treasure-house. And the Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains was listed in the World Heritage in 1994.

Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains 
Wudang Mountain is a noted Taoist shrine in Shiyan, especially famous for its appealing natural landscape and the magnificent ancient building complex which is included on the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

Shennongjia Scenic Area borders Fangxian County and Zhushan County in the north, and it is adjacent to the Wudang Mountains. It is the most well-preserved subtropical forest in China. Visitors might arrange it in the tourist schedule while traveling Shiyan. For the opening of Hanshi (Wuhan - Shiyan) Freeway, about three hours are needed from Wuhan to Shiyan.