It is said that there are three things you must do to know you have been to Wuhan.
1) Visit the Yellow Crane Tower one of the most aclaimed landmarks of China.
2) Eat the local noodles, which are served dry with sesame paste.
3) Eat the local fish dish which so impressed Chairman Mao that he wrote a poem about it.
I have done all three so I really have been to Wuhan.
The park surrounding the tower is lovely. There is a bell there that you can ring for good luck.
I found it interesting that signs were posted prohibiting smoking as it could endanger the gardens.
Legend has it that the tower was first built during the Three Kingdoms Period in 223. Throughout the centuries it was destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. The current building was reconstructed in 1981 larger than the previous ones and took four years..
The most famous sight of Wuhan is the Yellow Crane Tower. The tower is more than 50 meter tall with five yellow tiled levels stacked above each other and supported by scores of auspiciously red wooden columns.
Each floor has some collections, for example the development of the Yellow Crane Tower. Right now I am not 100% sure but I think it was at least five times reconstructed. From the top floor you have a great view of Wuhan and the Yangzi River.
Originally constructed in 223, after being destroyed and rebuilt repeatedly throughtout history by fires and war, the current structure was built quite recently in 1985. It is still quite beautiful and many famous poems have been written about the tower, and the top of the tower from 1868 remains. It is considered to be one of China's top four towers.
The Yellow Crane Tower rests atop Snake Hill, which itself creates a certain harmony as they are Taoist symbols that represent air and water respectively, and both have symbolic relations to the souls and spirits of the deceased.
Inside there is a large depiction of a yellow crane flying over the tower. From the top, there is a spectacular view of the city! On the way up, there is a nice pond and a bust of Mao. There are other sites on Snake Hill, such as the bell and a pavillion where you can read poems written by Mao Zedong about the tower, so take a look around before moving on. There are English descriptions near most sites, so you can learn more about them.
Entrance is 50 yuan.
As you approach the main entrance into the park, you'll walk along this street known as the Yellow Crane Promenade which is lined with ancient-style shops selling souvenirs, snacks and such like for tourists.
After entering the park through the south entrance gate, the first thing you'll come to is this, the Goose Pond. The story goes that Wang Xizhi, a calligrapher chatted about geese and said that they are the noblest birds of all, for they are white as snow, clear as jade, pure and spotless. As he talked on, he got so excited that he couldn't help writing down the character "goose". People then admired the art of the character so much that they set up a stone tablet inscribed with the character and built this pond beside it.
South Tower, also known as Anyuan Tower or Guiyue Tower and commonly called "the Ancient Tower", was one of the top ten sceneries of Wuchang in ancient times. Built in the Jin dynasty (265-420 A.D.), it has been frequently visited by many historical literati such as Lu You and Fan Chengda of the Song dynasty who composed famous poems here. It currently displays pictures of party and central government leaders and celebrity’s visits in the past 20 years.
Wuhan's most famous landmark, the Yellow Crane Tower was first built in the second year of Huangwu of Wu during the Three Kingdoms period (223 A.D.). According to legend, it was built to honour one of the Daoist Eight Immortals, who paid his tavern bills by drawing cranes on the walls, which would fly down to entertain the other guests. This particular 5-storey 164ft (50 meter) high tower is a reconstruction of the original tower that burned down in 1884.
Open: 7am-6.30pm. Admission: Y50.
The White Cloud Tower was first built during the Jin dynasty (265-420 A.D.) and has been rebuilt many times since. The 29.7-meter high four-storied tower sits at the highest point of Snake Hill and provides the best view of the Yellow Crane Tower. It contains a small museum with bronze wares and photos of the reconstruction of the Yellow Crane Tower.
Climbing the Huang He Lo (yellow crane pagoda).
Well, the pagoda is described by mnay poets and historians in China's history. From its top, it is possible to see a large section of the city. Good view spot.
There are many touristy things on sale in the pagoda. I didn't find too many of them interesting. The only interesting thing was this hollow glass ball painted from the inside.
You will find Yellow Crane Tower on Snake Hill in Wuchang. The Tower is regarded as a symbol of Wuhan and is one of the three famous towers in Central China. First built around 220 A.D. it once served as a meeting place for Artists, Poets and Celebrities to rejoice and compose.
The Yellow Crane Tower Park is located along Snake Hill in Wuchang across the river from Hankou in Wuhan. The park covers an area of 133,000 sq meters and is divided into four scenic areas, namely the west, south, east and north. The west part focuses on the park’s main highlight, the Yellow Crane Tower but also includes the White Pagoda and the Decorated Gateway. Others treats in the park include pavilions, towers, statues, gardens, gateways and ponds. The park is a must see thing when in Wuhan.
Open: 7am-6.30pm. Admission: Y50.
This square pavilion is located behind the Goose Pond and contains a tablet measuring 3.2m by 1.8m engraved with Mao Zedong's two lyrics "Tune: Buddhist Dancers" and "Tune: Prelude to Water Melody" which are written in his own handwriting.
There are 25 historical stone tablets displayed in the Old Stele Veranda such as the "Spectacularity" tablet by Li Bai and the "Stone Screen" tablet by Lu Yan of the Tang dynasty, "Swallow into Flowers" tablet by Huang Shangu and "Tune - The River all Red" tablet by Yue Fei of the Song dynasty.
This bronze top was once on top of the Yellow Crane Tower, having been built in 1868. It measures 3.4m high and has a base diameter of 1.8m. It weighs 2 tons and was the only thing left of the former tower when it burned down in 1884.