Cul­tural and scenic des­ti­na­tion

Changjiang Weekly - - WUCHANG, WUHAN -

As a fa­mous area with a blend of his­tory and moder­nity, Wuchang has re­cently is­sued a three-year ac­tion plan for holis­tic tourism. With an in­vest­ment of over RMB 470 mil­lion, the dis­trict plans to im­prove tourism in­fra­struc­ture and tourism man­age­ment, in an ef­fort to re­vi­tal­ize this city of tourism and cul­ture as an ideal life­style and travel des­ti­na­tion.

Over 1,700 years ago, Sun Quan, em­peror of East­ern Wu, built a city here, ini­ti­at­ing Wuchang's civ­i­liza­tion. The place got its pi­o­neer­ing rep­u­ta­tion over 100 years ago when the first gun­fire of the 1911 Revo­lu­tion was shot in Wuchang, lead­ing to the col­lapse of the feu­dal­is­tic gov­ern­ment which had ruled China for over 2,000 years. At present, the cul­ture of Jing and Chu ter­ri­to­ries has cul­ti­vated visi­tors and schol­ars alike, adding a sense of be­long­ing to peo­ple shut­tling to and fro.

Lo­cated on the shores of East Lake, the Hubei Provincial Mu­seum is a show­case of the an­cient Chu cul­ture. It dis­plays na­tional trea­sures such as the Chime Bells of Marquis Yi of Zeng, and the Sword of Gou­jian. Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi vis­ited the mu­seum dur­ing their meet­ing in April.

Two other must-see cul­tural spots are the Yel­low Crane Tower, praised as the No. 1 an­cient tower in China, and the Wuchang Up­ris­ing tourism area, a na­tional 4A-class tourist scenic spot. The for­mer, orig­i­nally built in 223 A.D., is one of the three fa­mous tow­ers south of the Yangze River. The top of the tower has a broad view of its sur­round­ings and the Yangtze River. Through­out his­tory, nu­mer­ous schol­ars and men of let­ters vis­ited the tower and wrote po­ems about this land­mark. The lat­ter is a scenic area in honor of the Revo­lu­tion of 1911. In this area, tourists can visit scenic spots such as the site of the for­mer Wuchang Up­ris­ing Mil­i­tary Gov­ern­ment, the Wuchang Up­ris­ing Gate, the Mar­tyrs Pav­il­lion, and the 1911 Revo­lu­tion Mu­seum. The sur­round­ing beauty of nat­u­ral scenery com­ple­ments th­ese cul­tural her­itages, mak­ing Wuchang a place of unique charm.

For lovers of build­ings and mod­ern his­tory, city blocks with spe­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics such as Hubu al­ley, Tan­hualin, a fu­sion of Chi­nese and West­ern style build­ings, are al­ways great places to go.

On the other hand, Chu River & Han Street, China's long­est com­mer­cial pedes­trian street pro­vides a bril­liant night scene that re­sem­bles a mod­ern ver­sion of Along the River Dur­ing the Qing­ming Fes­ti­val, one of China's top ten fa­mous paint­ings.

Be­sides that, sa­cred re­li­gious sites such as the Bao­tong Bud­dhist Tem­ple and Changchun Taoist Tem­ple, and the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, the first bridge on the Yangtze River built in 1957, are also pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions to explore the an­cient and mod­ern sides of Wuchang.

Yel­low Crane Tower

Chu River & Han Street

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