Wandering in Wuhan: The Chicago of China

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone suggests traveling to China?

Do you think of the terracotta warriors of Shaanxi province? Or perhaps the Great Wall of China in Huairo? How about bar hopping in Shanghai? 

In many cases, one would think of the abovementioned destinations. However, there is one place in this old country that is very much worth exploring as much as its more famous brothers and sisters—Wuhan.

Sprawling with historic temples and picturesque views, Wuhan is located approximately 1,160 kilometers from Beijing and is the best place to visit if you want to be at pace of your gastronomic, cultural and spiritual aspiration. Dubbed as the “Chicago of China” due to its connection to other major cities via dozens of railways, roads and expressways, Wuhan plays a vital role when you want to get from one point to another across China. 

Edible Geography

Aside from the rich culture and tradition, there’s no better way to explore the city but on a full stomach especially since the city is home to many famous hotspot and other destinations offering Hot and Dry Noodles, Doupi (A breakfast snack made from eggs, rice, beef, mushroom and beans), salty doughnuts and the famous Duck Neck, known as “living meat”, which is said to be the most delicious part of a duck. The meat is tightly attached to the bone, making it difficult to gnaw – which maybe is its greatest pleasure, besides the burning and spicy flavors.

World-class Wonders at Wuhan

Wuhan: A Breathing Piece of History

Wuhan is not only historically significant, but also a major player in China’s rapidly developing future. With a history of 3500 years, Wuhan’s urban civilization dates to Panlong Town which is the oldest city ever unearthed in the Yangtze River basin. Over the past thousands of years, thanks to its well-developed transport network and abundant local products, this area has always been a land of milk and honey. And Wuhan has gradually developed into a regional political, commercial and trade center. Thus, Wuhan possesses an advantage and characteristic of diverse cultures.

From top: The City flower of Wuhan, The Seal of Wuhan, The City tree of Wuhan, Skyline of Wuhan and Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, Yingwuzhou Yangtze River Bridge, Yellow Crane Tower, Wuhan Customs House, Wuhan University, Changchun Taoist Temple, Gude Buddhist Temple, Revolution of 1911 Square, Professional tennis player Li Na, Optics Valley Tram, Bianzhong of Marquis Yi of Zeng and Wuhan ferry.

Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and the most populous city in Central China. It lies in the eastern Jianghan Plain on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River’s intersection with the Han river. Upon arrival, Guiyuan Temple should be on one’s top places to visit as this is one of the four biggest temples for Buddhist meditation in Hubei, Yellow Crane Tower which is one of the four great towers of China, Hubei Provincial Museum and of course, a ferry boat ride at East Lake to explore the scenic area with pavilions and gardens. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom, in Spring.

It is generally said that Guangzhou is the paradise for eating and Shanghai for dressing, while Wuhan is a combination of both. Sitting favorably at the heart of China, Wuhan has gathered and mixed together various traditions and customs from neighboring cities and provinces in every direction. High Mountains and Flowing Water, hot weather, spicy food, smart people, splendid history and culture, they characterize the city as one of the most colorful in China. Wuhan is the next top destination for globetrotters, and we are here to tell you all you need to know about this gem of a city.

The city of Wuhan warmly welcomes the Filipinos to visit and bring out their inner wanderlust. Sounds blissful enough for you to book that ticket and hop on the plane? For more information, you may reach Be Tour & Travel. Discover Wuhan today and find out why it’s known as “China’s Thoroughfare”!

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