Wuhan is the capital city of Central China’s Hubei province. Divided by the Yangtze and Han rivers on the Jianghan Plain, Wuhan is a routine port for the Yangtze River and is also a commercial centre for the Hubei Province. Wuhan is also known as the ‘Three Towns of Wuhan’ with Hankou and Hanyang on the west bank and Wuchang on the east bank of the Yangtze River. Wuhan is home to many lakes and parks including the large and picturesque East Lake.
The Wuhan Tianhe International Airport is located approximately 26 kilometres north of Wuhan city and 1 kilometre from Tianhe Street. Wuhan Tianhe International Airport which was opened in 1995 replacing the Hankou Wangjiadun Airport and Nanhu Airport serve Wuhan and the Hubei province. Wuhan Tianhe International Airport is the busiest airport in central China as it is located in the centre of Chinas airline route network. To get to and from the airport, travellers can choose from using either the train, metro, airport shuttle bus or long-distance bus. The most convenient way to get to the airport is by train as the Tianhe Airport Railway Station is located right underneath the airport. A train ride to the Hankou train station only takes 14 minutes and costs SGD 1.5. The metro line is connected to the terminal 3 or Tianhe Airport. Airport shuttle buses will take approximately 90 minutes from the airport to the city centre.
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Spring and autumn, which falls between March to April and September to October are the best times to visit Wuhan where the average temperature is around 7 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius. When visiting Wuhan in spring, travellers will be able to enjoy the cherry blossoms, especially at Wuhan University and the Donghu Cherry Blossom Park. There is even a Donoghue Cherry Blossom Festival held every year at the Donghu Moshan scenic cherry park. If you end up in Wuhan slightly earlier than spring, you can still catch the East Lake Plum Blossom Festival held from February to March every year. However, be prepared to experience late spring cold weathers where temperatures may drop at night and bring along snowfall. Autumn is dry and the average temperature from 20 to 28 degrees. Celsius gradually drops, making it comfortable for sightseeing. Summer is extremely hot in Wuhan, especially during July and August. Thus it is advised to avoid visiting Wuhan during these months.
Singapore has a tropical climate with hot weather and occasional rainfall all year round. However, Wuhan experiences a warm and temperate climate. Wuhan's average temperature is only 17.2 degrees Celsius compared to Singapore's average temperature of 26.8 degrees Celsius. Singapore experiences a far larger amount of rainfall compared to Wuhan, which is at 2378 mm of rainfall per year and Wuhan with only 1236mm rainfall per year.
The biggest festival in Wuhan would be the Chinese New Year which marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year. However, travelling to Wuhan during the Chinese New Year period is not advisable as most shops and eateries will be closed as many will be leaving the big town to gather back in their hometowns. A festival not to be missed is the East Lake Plum Blossom Festival which falls between Februarys to March every year at the Moshan Plum Blossom Garden which is approximately 33.5 hectares wide. During the festival, visitors will be able to enjoy over 200 different types of blossoms trees, and plum blossom painting and calligraphy displays.
Wuhan may not be as famous as Beijing or Shanghai, but it has just as much to offer:
Hubei Provincial Museum – Located in the Wuchan District of Wuhan, the Hubei Provincial Museum is the only provincial comprehensive museum in Wuhan. The museum is home to cultural relics that were discovered in the province. The museum has collected over 200,000 antiques since the year 1953 which includes pottery, porcelains, jade, ancient weapons, bronze vessels and ancient musical instruments. Eight hundred twelve of these relics are listed as first-class relics of China and 16 of them are considered national treasures.
Yellow Crane Tower –Sun Quan built the five-floor tower on top of Snake Hill in Wuhan during the ruling of King of Wu (182-252) as army watchtower. The tower gradually lost its military function and was enjoyed as a picturesque location instead. The tower was destroyed seven times during the Ming and Qing dynasty and was rebuilt again in the year 1981.
Hubu Alley – Hubu Alley is located in the Simenkou, Wuchang District. Also known as the 'First Alley for Chinese Snacks', Hubu Alley is about 147 meters long and 3 meters wide, selling all kinds of traditional breakfasts such as Hot and Dry Noodles, Beef Noodles, Chinese Doughnuts and soup dumplings. Now expanded to four parts, the alley consists of Hubu Alley which is the old alley, Ziyou Road, Minzhu Road and the southern section of Dufudi. Altogether, the streets form a great block of authentic local food and experience. Located only 20 minutes' walk from the Yellow Crane Tower also makes it an easy stop after the long hike up the tower.