Taoist Site in Wǔhàn

Chángchūn Temple

This charming, restored Taoist temple dates to the Han dynasty and is one of the best-known Taoist monuments in the country. The Hall of Supreme Purity (太清殿; Tàiqīng Diàn), containing a white-bearded statue of Laotz…
Buddhist Site in Wǔhàn

Guīyuán 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 meta…
Museum in Wǔhàn

Húběi Provincial Museum

Some minor renovations have lifted one of China's finest public museums to even further heights. The history of China is on display here in all its glorious complexity. The centrepiece is the exhibition of the tomb …
Historic Site in Wǔhàn

Yellow Crane Tower

Wǔhàn’s magical dancing crane, immortalised in the 8th-century poetry of Cui Hao, has long flown, but the city’s pride and joy remains perched atop Snake Hill. The tower has had its history rebuilt out of it since t…
Buddhist Site in Jīngzhōu

Tiěnǚ Temple

Located in the north of town, off Jingbei Lu, the name of this intriguing temple translates as the Iron Girl Temple.
Archaeological Site in Jīngzhōu

Xióngjiā Zhǒng

Forty kilometres north of Jīngzhōu, the 2300-year-old tombs of Xióngjiā Zhǒng are the source of a large collection of jade – on display at the Jīngzhōu Museum – while there is a fascinating and huge collection of sk…
Museum in Wǔdāng Shān

Wǔdāng Museum of China

This is a great opportunity to get a grip on Wǔdāng Shān 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 in…
Museum in Jīngzhōu

Jīngzhōu Museum

Next to Kāiyuán Temple is a small, yet architecturally superb museum surrounded by water. Here you'll find wonderful artefacts unearthed from Chu tombs around the area. The jade and porcelain halls are marvellous, a…
Buddhist Site in Wǔdāng Shān

Purple Cloud Temple

From this beautiful, turquoise-tiled temple, a small stone path leads up to South Cliff (45 minutes).
National Park in Shénnóngjià


Foreigners are only allowed into one of the four sections of this national park, at Yāzikǒu, but the area is big enough for good walking and you can also camp here. Xiǎolóngtán (小龙潭), about 10km from the entrance, i…