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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 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.
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 …
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…
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…
Museum in Wǔhàn

Húběi Museum of Art

As contemporary Chinese artists continue to soar in the art world, institutions such as the excellent Húběi Museum of Art gain increased relevance and acclaim. Bright young things are not the only exhibitors of note…
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…
Park in Wǔhàn

Hànkǒu Bund

The Hànkǒu Bund is a roughly 4km stretch of curated park running parallel to the Yangzi where locals gather to amble or gossip at varying levels of intensity. There are some teahouses and bars, a swimming-pool compl…
Barbecue in Wǔhàn

Lǎojiē Shāokǎo

'Old Street Barbecue' takes the popular hawker-style meat-on-stick philosophy espoused on corners nightly around the city, and poshes it up just a little. Large bottles of cheap beer are served by young, well traine…
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 …