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Sights

Mountain in Wudang Shan

Wudang Shan

Wudang Shan attracts a diverse array of climbers, from Taoist pilgrims with knapsacks and porters shouldering paving slabs and sacks of rice, to tired parents piggybacking young kids and bright-eyed octogenarians...

National Park in Shennongjia

Shennongjia International Ecotourism Area

Shennongjia is a vast wilderness area, and what you visit is largely determined by your driver, fellow passengers and available time; however, there are definitely some areas that are worth trying to get to....

Buddhist Temple in Wuhan

Guiyuan Temple

An afternoon at this revered 350-year-old Buddhist temple can fluctuate between serenity and chaos, depending on the tour buses. Pass a large rectangular pond where turtles cling like shipwrecked sailors to two...

Museum in Jingzhou

Jingzhou Museum

At this small but surprisingly good museum you'll find wonderful artefacts unearthed from Chu tombs around the area. The jade and porcelain halls are marvellous, and there is a collection of old silks that appear...

Archaeological Site in Jingzhou

Xióngjiā Zhǒng

Forty kilometres north of Jingzhou, the 2300-year-old tombs of Xióngjiā Zhǒng are the source of a large collection of jade – on display at the Jingzhou Museum – while there is a fascinating and huge collection of...

Museum in Wuhan

Hubei Provincial Museum

The highlights of Hubei's Provincial Museum are excavations from the Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng (c 433 BC): there are bronze wares, weaponry and musical instruments – including one of the world’s largest, a...

Taoist Site in Wudang Shan

Forbidden City

The walled Forbidden City encompasses the very tip-top of Wudang Shan and is accessed from the Taihe Palace near the cable car exit. The Chinese name Zǐjīn Chéng (literally, 'purple gold city') is actually a...

Historic Site in Wuhan

Yellow Crane Tower

Wuhan’s mythical crane, immortalised in the 8th-century poetry of Cui Hao, has long flown, but the city landmark remains perched atop Snake Hill. The tower has been rebuilt often since the original was...

Dam in Yichang

Three Gorges Dam

The huge, hulking Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest dam due to its length (2.3km) rather than its height (101m), and while it isn’t the most spectacular dam, it is worth a peek. You can’t walk on it, but...

Museum in Wuhan

Hubei Museum of Art

Focusing on modern Chinese art, the first two floors here are dedicated to temporary exhibits, while the 3rd floor features a permanent collection tracing the development of art in Hubei in the 20th century....

Nature Reserve in Enshi

Enshi Grand Canyon

Encompassing sheer limestone cliffs and a series of waterfalls cascading down the side of a narrow river gorge, Enshi has some marvellous scenery. It's divided in two sections: the lower gorge (云龙地缝, Yúnlóng...

Historic Site in Jingzhou

Jingzhou City Wall

Jingzhou’s original city wall was a tamped mud wall dating from the Eastern Han dynasty, and was later clad in stone during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms. The oldest surviving sections today, around South...

Cultural Centre in Enshi

Nǚ'ér Chéng

This Tujia-focused outdoor mall-like area is Enshi's favourite option for nightlife. Local song-and-dance performances (featuring the usual communist-approved 'minority circle dance') are held throughout the day,...

Museum in Wudang Shan

Wǔdāng Museum of China

This is a great opportunity to get a grip on Wudang Shan history, lore and architecture. There’s a whole pantheon of gods, including the eminent Zhenwu (patriarch of the mountain) and a section on Taoist medicine...

Village in Yichang

Three Gorges Village

This recreated village is definitely tacky and overrun on weekends, but nonetheless a convenient way to take in the stunning views near Xiling Gorge (西陵峡, Xīlíng Xiá). The Three Gorges Tourist Centre runs trips...

Park in Enshi

Tǔsī Chéng

This re-created fortified Tujia town is essentially just a walk in a pleasant park combined with a few examples of recently built Tujia architecture. The main attraction is the large Nine Row House complex (九进堂)...

Taoist Temple in Wuhan

Changchun Temple

This restored Taoist temple originally dates back to the Han dynasty. The Hall of Supreme Purity (太清殿; Tàiqīng Diàn), containing a white-bearded statue of Laotzu, is the centrepiece, with other halls leading up...

Park in Wuhan

Hankou Bund

The Hankou Bund is a roughly 4km stretch of curated park running parallel to the Yangzi where locals gather to amble or gossip. There are some tea houses and bars, a few historic buildings, mahjong and chess...

Buddhist Temple in Jingzhou

Tienü Temple

There's not much to see at this tiny temple, but the nuns give you three sticks of incense upon entering – and it is entirely off the tourist trail, which is nice. It's about 800m northeast of the city museum,...

Taoist Temple in Jingzhou

Kaiyuan Temple

This former Taoist temple was closed for renovations during our last visit. It's next to the Jingzhou Museum.