Wuhan is divided into three main parts—Hankou, Wuchang, and Hanyang—by the Yangtze River and Han River. Wuchang features historic, scenic culture and attractions; Hankou has flourishing retail stores and high-end malls; and Hanyang has many industrial and agricultural areas. Grand rivers, great lakes, a vibrant city, historic attractions, a food paradise—Wuhan has a lot going for it. Let’s start our tailor-made trip of history, culture, scenery, and cuisine.

Starting in Hankou, follow Yanjiang Avenue to Jianghan Road Pedestrian Street, the longest of its kind in China. Roast duck neck, "crazy" chips, chicken wings cooked with local, home made ingredients, and a variety of other foods await at the many food stalls set up along the street. There are also many shops and stores in this area. Here, you can feel the life and vitality that have long defined Hankou.

At the end of Jianghan Road is former Hankou Customs and the docks, where people can catch a ferry and head across the river to Wuchang. People often say that it is impossible to understand the lives of the locals if you have never taken the ferry. Before the bridges were built, making it easy and convenient to cross the river, the ferry was the only option. The ferry was as vital to this city as the Yangtze River itself. Aboard the ferry, you will have a splendid view of the magnificent Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the convergence of the Han River and the Yangtze River.

Yellow Crane Tower

Once in Wuchang, you will definitely want to see one of the Four Great Towers of China, the Yellow Crane Tower, where you can enjoy the beauty of this great structure, the famous poems written by Li Bai and Cui Hao, and the spectacular views from atop the tower. You can also visit the Wuhan 1911 Revolution Museum, which is located at the site where the first shot of the revolution that led to the collapse of China's last feudal dynasty, the Qing Dynasty, was fired Not far from the Yellow Crane Tower, on Han Street, is Madame Tussauds, the Han Show Theater, and the World Movie Paradise.

Chu River connects Shahu Lake and the East Lake. To the south of Chu River is the charming and beautiful East Lake. For those interested in the history and cultures of the Chu State, there is the Hubei Provincial Museum. If you are looking for some place a little more thrilling, check out the excitement at Happy Valley.

To better understand the local religious culture, you should visit Guiyuan Buddhist Temple in Hanyang, Gude Buddhist Temple in Hankou, or the Catholic Church on Tanhualin Street in Wuchang. The splendors of Wuhan are worth exploring.