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The heart of Guangzhou's former European concession—France and England both set up shop on this sandy river island in 1859 toward the end of the Opium Wars—Shamian Island...


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Set in the eastern suburbs of Wuchang, the East Lake Park, is the largest open space in Wuhan and it's six times the size of Hangzhou's West Lake (for those of us who love to compare lake sizes in China). The mild temperature and wealth of sunshine allow for a wealth of lush greenery and flowers throughout the park with over 372 different types of plants and 80 species of bird and fish. The  Wuchang fish is the rarest and the most famous. The park provides a nice respite from the city while still being..

The Guiyuan Temple is Wuhan's most famous Buddhist temple, both in terms of religious significance and architecture. For several years this temple has been considered one of the most holy Buddhist sites in central China and Buddhist followers and dignitaries including the US Secretary of State, former Singapore Prime Minister and the Cambodian King have visited the temple. Although the temple at the site today is not the original, the renovations have been executed authentically -- consisting of a Grand hall, Guest hall,..

Hubei Provincial Museum is located by the lakeshore of East Lake in Wuchang. The total construction area of the museum is 42,549 square meters while the exhibition halls take up 12,280 square meters. It's the museum with the most cultural relics in Hubei Province. The historic cultural relics collected in this museum are as many as more than 200, 000 pieces, among which the number of cultural relics under national protection is about 640 pieces and 16 pieces are regarded as national treasures as well. Those on exhibition include bronzeware..

Connecting Hanyang District and Wuchang District, Wuhan's First Yangzi River Bridge is the first bridge on Yangzi River for both highway and railway functions. The construction of the bridge started in September 1955 and was completed in October 1957. The whole bridge is especially sublime with the upper layer functioning as highway and the lower layer as railway. Two trains can run from either end of the bridge at the same time. Altogether there are eight piers and each arch has a span of 128 meters, which enables large ships with a load..

Sitting atop Snake Hill, the numerously reconstructed Yellow Crane Tower, initially built around 220 AD, is Wuhan's most famous attraction. From the outside, the structure appears traditional, but if you peek inside, the 1980s elevator belies its modernity. Mao is said to have ascended the tower in 1927 to view the Yangtze River. This modern Qing style Tower is a reproduction of a Temple that was originally situated 1km from the  present location destroyed by fire in 1884. Despite the fact that this is not an important historical..

Longquan Shan Scenic Area is located 20 km away from downtown, in the southeastern suburbs of Wuhan City. Situated by Liangzi Lake, the scenic area is bordered with water on three sides. Two mountain ranges stretch from the west to the east for about 9 km through the scenic area, forming a valley view area of about 7.6 square kilometers. Longquan Shan Mountain was called Jiangxia Shan before Tang Dynasty. Many hermits and literati once lived here. At the end of Tianbao Period of Tang Dynasty, a high official named Li Xi dug two holes here..

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