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Top ChoiceLive Music in Wuhan

Vox Livehouse

Vox Livehouse is Wuhan's indie music venue of choice. Cover charge ranges from free to ¥220; call or check online for opening dates. It's on the south side of East Lake.

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...

Hubei in Yichang

Xiǎo Hú Niú

Specialising in a local beef hotplate called xiǎo hú niú, this is a fun place to eat in Beimen. Order the hotplate first, stipulating how spicy you want your beef (¥25 for 250g) or lamb (¥26 for 250g) – mild (微辣;...

Hubei in Wuhan

Shěnjì Shāokǎo Hǎixiān

Not your typical noodle stand, this popular spot specialises in two things: seafood règānmiàn (sesame noodles) served in a huge bowl that will easily feed two, and barbecued skewers. The noodles come with crab...

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...

Chinese in Wuhan

Xiǎo Bèiké

This stylish restaurant, with lovely tree-shaded terrace seating, offers an excellent range of pan-Chinese cuisine, with dishes from Hubei, Sichuan and Chongqing featuring highly. In addition to seafood, it...

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....

Hubei in Yichang

Fangweng Restaurant

At Xiling Gorge (西陵峡; Xīlíng Xiá), 13km north of Yichang, is a peculiar restaurant perched precariously against a cliff. Claimed to be the ninth 'cave restaurant' in the world, the cuisine is distinctly Hubei,...

Food Hall in Yichang

Wanda Plaza

Across the street from the Three Gorges Tourist Centre, this popular mall has a good selection of restaurants on the 3rd and 4th floors, as well as a number of outdoor stalls around the back on the ground level.

Bar in Wuhan

Wuhan Prison

This long-standing, grungy Wuchang dive was opened by longtime punk musician Wu Wei (of seminal band SMZB), and is a popular expat hangout. It's up an alley around the corner from Vox.

Chinese in Shennongjia


Comfy booths, lattice screens and some traditional-style murals make this an attractive place to dine. Local tea is included with meals.

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...