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YELLOW CRANE TOWER
As its name suggests, this tower’s five roofs resemble the wings of a great crane about to take flight. The current pagoda is a replica of an older tower one kilometre away from its original site, where it had been destroyed and rebuilt seven times throughout its history. What Yellow Crane Tower offers is not just a bird’s eye view of Wuhan, but also a beautiful garden surrounding its base.
If food adventures are right up your alley, this will be your haven. Hubu Alley provides a heavy dose of local culture through unusual street food such as barbequed frogs, pig’s blood balls, duck neck and fried snails. A must-try is the hot dry noodles, a staple breakfast for locals.
THREE GORGES DAM PROJECT
A man- made structure so colossal it is visible from space with the naked eye, the Three Gorges Dam is our planet’s largest power station. Regardless of its controversy for harm, it has brought to its surroundings benefits like flood control and clean energy. The dam is also a breathtaking sight to behold.
For those interested in Chinese kungfu, this is one of the places to put on your bucket list. A counterpart to the Shaolin Temple, Wudang Mountains is the birthplace of taichi. The 700- year- old buildings and paths are still intact and well- preserved, making a visit to these mountains a travel back in time.
ENSHI GRAND CANYON
This canyon bears little semblance to its American counterpart of the same name. Its karst landscape carpeted with lush greenery reminds one of the majestic Zhangjiajie that inspired the Avatar’s Hallelujah Mountains. Apart from stairs, there are cable cars and escalators to assist climbers, making hikes up the towering spires manageable for people of all ages.
Over 300 years ago, Wuhan was the heart of China’s tea trade. Loaded with compressed bricks of tea, camel caravans would plod north on long journeys to Russian cities like Moscow. With an ideal climate for tea storage, this remains one of Hubei’s top exports.
Dwelling in silty depths of the Yangtze, this fish is a type of bream popular in Hubei cuisine. Most commonly steamed or braised, it has gained fans from all backgrounds from the city dweller in Wuhan to even Mao Zedong himself. In one of his poems, Mao wrote about savouring a delectable meal of Wuchang fish.
Valued at prices even higher than gold, the importance of jade is deeply embedded in Chinese culture. Apart from being a status symbol and representation of wisdom, the word’s character bears close resemblance to the Chinese character for “king”. Jade is often sold in the form of pendants and bracelets.
Unlike other traditional paper Chinese fans, these ones found in Honghu are made of feathers. The popularity of this hand accessory stems from its use by the legendary Zhuge Liang character in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms epic.
With varnish harvested from the sap of lacquer trees, craftsmen would carefully decorate vessels and other items with intrinsic designs to create beautiful wares. This art has been practiced as early as 1600 BC, and was especially popular in Hubei province because it had an environment where lacquer trees could thrive.