GuDeSi Temple 《古德寺》is not too easy to find (but is very easy now with my tip). I tried first a local city bus 1 Yuan in early morning but I failed to get there as the bus went to a place far away, the second time I took a taxi and still the taxi driver had no idea where this temple is, later I found out that he is not a local Wuhanese. I get off the taxi and stood at roadside without any idea and then luckily I saw a gardener lady, she told me how to get there at just only around the corner. I finally came to this tiny road with exactly the name of the temple, I then come to realize that most informations from especially travel websites were wrong, they just duplicated from each others the wrong infos.
Gudesi is actually a Buddhist temple comes with mixed-blood church outlook, very different architectural style from other Chinese buildings and temples. The size of this temple is not big, the main hall is only about the size of a badminton court. I saw quite many old folks mostly women living inside the accommodation prepared by the temple, I saw also a small group of visitor came for a quick praying. Next to the church is a school with young students running around and the rest are surrounded by dense buildings.
The correct guide is here, this temple is located at GongNongBingLu, it has a special road name for this temple excatly as shown in the photo. Electric bus #2 & #3 is reachable, only 2 Yuan.
Favorite thing: The Pedestrian Street or JiangHanLu is what the locals like most when I asked “ where to go for a walk…? ”. The location is roughly 50 meters near to the main street of Jiefang DaDao (get off at city bus stop XunLiMen) and is also near to Nanjing Road. JiangHanLu is also directly connected to the river side road where the old western colonial buildings are, river view of course. This area is best for photography, people watching, meet foreigner friends and perhaps good for a McDonald’s, KFC and WIFI access at a coffee place. Besides, you can also see quite numbers of disabled beggars around this area.
Favorite thing: The Changchunguan Taoist Temple is not a UNESCO 5-star attraction but I think is still nice (honest) to be here because I can temporary hide away from the crazy big city pressures and the hopeless traffic of smokes and honks. The temple is not big either, 20 minutes of walk are more than enough, after all do not expect too much from this temple. What is good about this temple is it provides a serene atmosphere for relaxation, cool down modes, toilet, photography and also a big shades for all while waiting for the bus. Furthermore next to the temple, is a public garden with many plants and big trees and also wooden benches for sitting, sleeping and people watching.
Favorite thing: The street along the Bus station (south bound) has a scene that look like this (photo). What you see here are individual street traders selling mostly artificial guns (the guns look quite like real) and I supposed it can be used for multiple purposes. Further down the street, roughly 400 meters of distance from the bus station (south bound), is where the tourist attraction Changchunguan Taoist Temple located. This entire area is so dense and crowded with both sides of the road stood the high rise residentials both low cost and mid, shops and also many activities like old folks sitting with kids running around, men playing chess on the floor, etc. I spent half an hour here inside a tiny hut-like sallon behind an alley, for hair washing, it cost 10 Yuan only, an experience I never had before, the lady was quite old and still makes a living on her own.
Thousands and thousands of tourists are visiting the Yellow Crane Tower each day, I recalled that the last time I saw that many tourists was at the mountain top of Huangshan (the UNESCO Yellow Mountain of AnHui Province). That moment I arrived by taxi I saw at least 20 big buses fully loaded with passengers, the buses parked at the roadside, nearest to the entrance, and I saw a sea of visitors...
I only discovered at the very last minute that the Yellow Crane Tower is actually located at the city center with multiple highways running next to it, which also means the structure itself is completely surrounded by modern flyovers, highways and buildings, the rest are peoples that look like ants from far.
There are many hotels that you can stay around here, with less than 20 minutes of walk to see the Yellow Crane Tower.
Jiefang Gongyuan was a very nice surprise. I had not much to do but I wanted to escape from the busy city. So I decided to go to Jiefang Park. First I was a little bit disappointed, the Zhongshan Park seemed to be more interesting. I couldnt understand it because compared to the Zhongshan I had to pay to enter this park.
In the Jiefang park was also an amusement park but from the distance I could see a pagoda. More intersting for me....
Yangzi River or Chang Jiang (Long River) is the longest river of China as most of the people already know. And of course I wanted to be there since I started my China trips. That river has its very beautiful places, in Wuhan you wont find such places. (Maybe I am wrong, so, if you know some beautiful places, please tell me).
In the background you can see the "New Chang Jiang Brigde", or as many local people said: "Bridge No. 2"
Or Zhongshan Gongyuan. Thats not difficult to pronounce and even the taxi driver could understand my terrible Chinese.
This park is not much different to other chinese parks but I liked to go there very much. Wuhan is a very busy city so I needed to relax from time to time.
In that park you have a amusement park and almost no chance to do your own stuff. Like me, I just wanted to take photos or to read a little bit. Once I even was asked to sing (Karaoke).
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Fondest memory: Making friends was the best part of my trip. Most people that would attempt to bridge the language barrier were kind, helpful and curious. A man seeing me taking pictures wanted me to take one of him with me. As I left he motioned me to get on his motorcycle and I got a ride to where I had been walking to. Children are very friendly and enjoy saying 'Hello' and practicing the odd custom of shaking hands.
Shen Nong jia (Holy Farmer Shelf)
Fondest memory: Shennong jia is a place with the colour of mythology. According to legend, the Holy Farmer (Yan Di) came here to cut down trees to build shelf and cllect herbal medicine to cure disease for local people. This is why this place was called Shennongjia.
Fondest memory: Located on two rivers of the Yangtze (Changjiang), the second longest river in the world, and Hanshui, the greatest branch of the former, Wuhan is divided into 3 parts, i.e., Wuchan, Hankou and Hanyang. These three converge at the Wuhan Yangtze (Changjiang) Bridge, the first bridge across Yangtze River. Other bridges; the No.2 Yangtze Bridge, completed in 1995, and two other bridges across Hanshui River link Wuhan so that it has the nick-name, 'City on Rivers'.
Actually,Wuhan has many interesting place and summer(from june to september) is the best time for you visit them,but it will be very hot,so make enough prepare for this weather.
Fondest memory: This is a wonderful city,but too hot,it's belong one of the three stove in the country.
Wuhan younth are fashionably,girls so pretty,and it make whole city vitalitily in every season.
go to visit the Yellow Crane Tower,the Guiyuan Tempel,the two bridges on the Changjiang,the East Lake.And Wuhan University have the most beautiful campulls in China,even in one of the nicest around the world.
you can also go shopping in Jianghan Road,
Hubei, abbreviated to 'E', lies to the north of the Yangtze River and Dongting Lake, covering over 180,000 square kilometers, with a population of 57,300,000. Wuhan City is the capital.
Hubei borders Anhui in the east, Hunan and Jiangxi to the south, Sichuan in the west, and Shaanxi and Henan in the north. Two rivers, the Yangtze and Hanshui meet in Wuhan and thousands of lakes are scattered about, so Hubei enjoys another beautiful name: 'Province of Lakes'.
Lying in the sub-tropic zone, Hubei sees its four seasons changing clearly. The average temperature is 0 degrees Centigrade in winter and 30 C. in summer.
The Chu Culture originated in Hubei, one of the main Chinese cultural schools, arising from the ancient Kingdom of Chu. This traditional culture mixed with modern civilization makes Hubei rich in tourism resources. The famous attractions include Mounts of Wudang and Jiugong , Three Gorges (Shanxia), and Jingzhou City.
Hubei plays an important role in China's transportation. Situated on the Yangtze and Hanshui Rivers, the natural golden waterways, Hubei enjoys the convenience of railways linking Beijingn to Guangzhou, Beijing to Kowloon, Shanghai to Wuhan, Wuhan to Chengdu, and Zhicheng to Liuzhou, and from the airports in Wuhan, Yichang, Sanxia, Xiangfan, Shashi. National and provincial highways also aid in Hubei's economic development.
Hubei is famous for its plentiful products and is called a 'Hometown for Fish and Rice'. Famous agricultural products in Hubei include cotton, rice, wheat, tea, etc. while the industry majors in metallurgy, machinery, power generation, textils, foodstuff and high-tech commodities.
Fondest memory: AROUND WUHAN
Wuhan is the largest city and the cultral and economic center in Central China. She spreads her direct influence thousands of miles away, while the regions from about 400 KM around Wuhan have formed a special cultural and economic zone centered in Wuhan.
Long in history and similar in customs, this special zone shares the same culture of Chu, formed since the ancient Kingdom of Chu. Numerous natural and artificial attractions and scenic spots are scattered around.
With the same climate but with diversified local products, this zone enjoys great convenience of transportation, which has lead to rapid development of the area.
This zone is rich in mineral resources, and has a strong and comprehensive backbone of agriculture and industry. The new open policy allowed this zone more opportunity in cultureal and economic development.
Major cities around Wuhan:
Huangshi City: about 90 KM away from Wuhan, a city of iron, steel and garments production.
Jing-Sha City: nearly 200 KM away from Wuhan, a combination of previous Jinzhou City and Shashi City, famous for its light industry and tourism.
Xiangfan City: about 280 KM from Wuhan, a large gathering and distributing market in the upper Hanshui River.
Shiyan City: nearly 400 KM away from Wuhan, noted for automobile manufacturing.
Tianmen City: 115 KM away from Wuhan, famous for cotton, textile and traditional printed cloth.
Xinyang City: 220 KM away from Wuhan, famous for tea and tourism.
Yichang City: 280 KM away from Wuhan, the door to Sanxia (Three Gorges), famous for tourism and the first dam (Gezhouba Dam) along Yangtze River.