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Top Choice Chinese in Wǔhàn

Xiǎo Bèiké

This stylish restaurant, with lovely tree-shaded terrace seating, offers an excellent range of pan-Chinese cuisine, with dishes from Húběi, Sìchuān and Chóngqìng featuring highly. It also does a number of fish dishe…
Top Choice Hubei in Yíchāng

Fàngwēng Restaurant

At Xiling Gorge (西陵峡; Xīlíngxiá), 12km north of Yíchāng, is a peculiar restaurant perched precariously against a cliff. Claimed to be the ninth 'cave restaurant' in the world, the cuisine is distinctly Húběi, the se…
Top Choice Club in Wǔhàn

Vox Livehouse

Wǔhàn has a surprisingly good indie and heavy-rock scene, and Vox Livehouse is an institution for late-night revelling. Some interesting mainland acts often share the stage with international underground bands.
Vegetarian in Wǔhàn

Chángchūn Temple Vegetarian Restaurant

Housed next door to the Chángchūn Temple, this place serves mock-meat creations but also cooks up fish dishes. It has a photo menu.
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…
Bakery in Wǔhàn

Crown Bakery

Fabulously located in an old cruciform church built in 1907, with its original wood ceiling intact along with loads of portraits of Jesus, come here for the ambience, take a seat in the apse to break bread and order…
Bar in Wǔhàn

York Teahouse

Run by ‘Mr Sugar’ (Tang Xiansheng), this old-timer has been doing its thing on the riverfront for over a decade. Inside is a warren of rooms, but there’s plenty of outdoor seating and occasional live music. Waiting …