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Wuhan Travel Guide

Wuhan Overview

Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province, and it's a city situated along the Yangtze River. And Wuhan is also one of the largest cities in the central part of China. Wuhan is also the heart of politics, economy and culture in Hubei province. Wuhan stretches 155 kilometers from north to south and 134 kilometers from east to west, which is like a dance-gracefully butterfly.

Wuhan is one of China's Historic Cities with rich natural scenery and historical relics. More than 330 scenic spots await your exploration. Yellow Crane Tower has built a reputation both home and abroad, and many celebrities set their foot on this Tower. The Guiyuan Buddhist Temple is the most famous Buddhist temple, outstanding for its collection of 500 statues of gold arhats. Wuhan City has no lack of lakes, with those that are dotted around the East Lake enjoying the greatest fame. Others like Moshui Lake, Moon Lake and the Lotus Lake are also worth visiting. Heptachord Terrace, Hubei Provincial Museum and the National Stone Museum are also well-known spots.

Wuhan is rich in culture and history. The historic relics tell the city's long history dating back 3,500 years. For centuries, this city has been the center of trade and transportation in central China. Nowadays, it is an important hub in central China and a feature of Yangtze River cruises for sightseers and businessmen traveling.

Wuhan Facts

Area Code: 027

Zip Code: 430000

Area: Wuhan covers an area about 8,500 sq km (2.1 thousand acres)

Population: The population of the city has reached 7.8 million, with as many as fifty nationalities including Han, Hui, Tujia, Manchu, Zhuang and Miao among others.

Geography: The city comprises three towns - Wǔchāng, Hànkǒu, and Hànyáng which face each other across the rivers and are linked by three bridges. It is simple in geographical structure - low and flat in the middle and hilly in the south, with the Chang Jiang and Han rivers winding through the city.

Administrative Division: Wuhan consists of three parts: Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang, which are divided by Yangtze River and Han River. Each part has its own major municipal function: Wuchang is the culture center, where a lot of universities are located here; Hankou belongs to a commerce center, which is the most prosperous and busy in Wuhan; Hanyang is the industrial base of the city, which embodies the development of Wuhan.

Wuhan Climate & Weather

Wuhan, sprawled in the subtropical moist monsoon climate zone, has abundant rainfall and four distinct seasons. Spring and Autumn each last for almost 60 days. Winter in Wuhan is very cold and although the temperature is not as low as in some northern cities, the wind-chill from river winds and the high humidity makes it feel ten degrees colder, temperatures can drop to -5°C but heavy snowfall is uncommon. Summer is very hot and humid, continuing for about 130 days with temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F). While this may not seem excessively hot, there is high humidity. So Wuhan well deserves its reputation as one of China's three Summer "furnace cities"; the other’s being Chongqing and Nanjing.

Climate Data Table for Wuhan


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3.7 5.8 10.1 16.8 21.9 25.6 28.7 28.2 23.4 17.7 11.4 6.0
Days of rainfall 1.9 2.4 4.5 5.3 7.5 9.4 11.4 11.2 9.9 6.3 1.7 1.0
43.4 58.7 95.0 131.1 164.2 225.0 190.3 111.7 79.7 92.0 51.8 26.0

Wuhan weather tips
Most rain falls in June and July and Wuhan receives about 200mm of precipitation annually.

The average high in July and August is 32°C or 91°F, though temperatures do reach 35°C or 95°F at the height of summer and sizzling heat waves force many residents to stay indoors. Swimming in the lake and rivers is a popular sport and pastime in Summer. Carry an umbrella in Wuhan, for shelter from both the heat of the sun, and from the frequent rain.

In December and January, the average temperatures are about 2° to 4°C. It snows several times a year. Unlike northern cities, most homes in Wuhan do not have heaters or fireplaces, and except for some 5 star hotels, few buildings have indoor heating so remember to bring gloves, thick scarf and warm overcoat when travelling in Wuhan in Winter.

Best Time to Visit

The best times to visit are probably Spring (April to mid-June) and Autumn (late September to mid-November). The cherry blossoms are in full bloom in April and Wuhan is a famous place to enjoy this beautiful scenery. Rainfall is particularly low in September and November.

Wuhan Tours & Tings to Do