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Yichang Travel Guide

Yichang Overview

Yichang is a distributing center because of its advantageous geographic location, an important trading port and a transportation hub along the Yangtze River linking west Hubei and east Sichuan since ancient times. For a very long time, it has been renown as "Gateway to the Three Gorges", and "Throat between Sichuan and Hubei". Today, Yichang remains a brisk river port of China, controlling the access to Chongqing to its southwest.

Mountains and forest dominate the landscape to the west of the city, while to the east lies a vast, fertile plain. The construction of the nearby Gezhouba Dam, which started operations in 1981, turned Yichang from a small city into a large one. Thousands of workers from this project and the even bigger Three Gorges Dam have settled in the city and have contributed to its rising prosperity.

With more than 7,000 or 8,000 years of history; called as "the throat of Chuan (namely Sichuan province) and E (namely Hubei province)"; in the Xia and Shang dynasties, used to be the ancient "lands of Jingzhou"; in Spring and Autumn Period, as well as Warring States, cortrolled by the Chu State, being called "the west frontier fortress of Chu" in history; one of the cradles of Chu Culture; called "Xiling" in remote antiquity; also known as "Yiling" for the Yishan Mountain in the northwest, "Xiazhou" for guarding the Three Gorges

Yichang arterial highways extend to every corner, No.318 National Highway crosses the whole Yichang City, through which you may reach Shanghai in the east and Tibet in the west. "The Golden Water Route" of the Yangtze runs through Yichang and it reaches Wanzhou, Chongqing in the west and Wuhan , Shanghai in the east. The express way is from Yichang to Wuhan, Beijing, Xi'an and the railway from Yichang to Zhenzhou, Wuxi, Huaihua, Guangzhou were put into use long ago and an international railway container transport network was also established. Air transport conditions are advantageous. Yichang civil airliners can fly to China's 23 large and middle cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen. The international temporary air-liners were opened, too.

Yichang Facts

Area Code: 0717

Zip Code: 443000

Area: The area of Yichang is 21,084 sq km

Population: 3.92 million, Urban Population: 2.63 million, Han, Hui, Manchu, Miao, Tujia and Mongolian

Geography: Longitude 110'15' E to 112'04' E, Latitude29'56' N to 31'34' Nin the east mouth of the Three Gorges, Yichang is higher in the west and lower in the east. It sits in western Hubei Province at the eastern end of the Xiling Gorge, one of the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River.

Yichang Climate & Weather


Yichang is located in a sub-tropical monsoon zone with four distinct seasons. It enjoys abundant sunshine and rainfall, and the average annual temperature is around 15℃ (59℉). June and July are the hottest months as well as the plum rain seasons; a period of unsettled weather with frequent, soaking rains. The average summer temperature is about 25℃ (95℉). Yichang's warm, moist climate makes it an ideal area for growing oranges which are harvested in August. Yichang tourism profits from its pleasant climate; however, the climate can be greatly affected by the geographic characteristics. Yichang is a hilly city, with mountains on its western side and a flat agricultural region to the East. The traditional dragon-boat festival of China has great significance here as it is in memory of a famous citizen of Yichang; the poet Qu Yuan.

Climate Data Table for Yichang
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average High () 9 10 16 22 27 30 33 33 28 23 17 11
Average Low
5 3 7 13 18 21 24 24 20 15 9 4
Avg. Precip


1.78 2.79 5.59 9.65 12.45 15.24 21.08 18.54 12.70 8.64 4.83 2.03
Best Time to Visit

Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit, that is, from March to May and late August to November. The weather changes dramatically in May and June, and rains frequently appear in July and August.

Spring, you should pack sweater or jackets as protection from strong, sometimes cold, winds.

Summer is very hot, and not the best time to visit because the plum rains in this season often disrupt transportation schedules. In summer, besides T-shirts, shorts and sandals, a hat, suntan oil, sunglasses and an umbrella are recommended.

Autumn is probably the best season for visiting Yichang; theweatheris favourable and pleasant. . September and October are usually rich with bright sunny days.

Winter is quite cold and wet and not suitable for travel. It is almost always characterized by continuous rain. If you travel to Yichang in winter, (although few people do), heavy, warm clothing will be necessary to protect you from the freezing temperatures.