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East Lake & Yangtze River Bridge

East Lake, the shining pearl of Wuhan 

 East Lake
 
East Lake is the largest lake within a Chinese city and is located in the eastern part of Wuhan City. The lake covers an area of 330,000 sq meters (about 81.6 acres), which is five times the size of the West Lake in Hangzhou.


East Lake Scenic Spot consists of six scenic areas: Tingtao (Listening to Surging Waves), Moshan (Millstone Hill), Luoyan (Diving Goose), Baima (White Horse), Chuidi (Playing the Flute) and Luohong Hills. Tingtao, which is famous for the memorial for Chu Yuan, is located at the northwest of East Lake. Chu Yuan was a patriotic poet in the Warring States Period (475-221 B.C.). Moshan hill lies to the southeast of East Lake with an altitude of 118 meters (387 ft) above sea level. 78 cherry blossoms donated by the former Japan Premier Minister Tanaka Kakueiare can be seen growing prosperously in this area.


Thanks to the clean and clear water in East Lake, many fish, water birds and plants make their home here. The famous Wuchang Fish is a unique product of East Lake. Orchids, lotus, cherry bay and plum blossoms also highlight the marvelous lake.



Admission Fee: CNY 40 for Mo Hill Scenic Area
CNY 30 for Tingtao Scenic Area
Opening Hours: 07:00 - 19:00
Bus Route: 515, 36, 402, 401, 413, 8, 14, 102, 537, 578, 605, 701, 712, 411, 108
Electric Bus Route: 8



 Yangtze River Bridge      
 
As the first highway-railway bridge, as well as the first bridge over the Yangtze River, Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge was built in 1955 and opened to traffic in October, 1957. The bridge is 1670.4 meters (5480.6 ft) long with 8 piers and 9 holes. The upper floor is used for motorcars and the lower one for trains. Visitors can climb the bridge by elevators on the sight-seeing towers at either end of the bridge. Standing on the tower, visitors can appreciate the beautiful landscape of Wuhan City and the splendid Yangtze River.   

How to Get to Yangtze River Bridge
Take city bus no. 1, 67, 69, 149, or 809 and get off the Bridge Park. Then you can see the Yangtze River Bridge.

Admission Fee: CNY 5 for the elevator


 Wuhan History

As one of China's 24 famous historical and cultural cities as deemed by the State Council, Wuhan boasts a long history. Historical relics from the Shang Dynasty (16th to 11th century BC) having been discovered prove that the city dates back to at least 3,500 years ago. The glitzy culture of Chu (a state in the Chinese Spring and Autumn Period and Warring States Period, 770 BC - 221 BC), another cradle of Chinese culture that is eponymous with the central plain culture, was just cultivated in this productive land. And during the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280), Wuchang was once set as the capital of Wu State. And in the later Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties, Hankou had famed as one of the four famous towns in China. China's democratic revolution, inspired by Sun-Yat-Sen, started in Wuchang in 1911. The pioneer spirit has made the city an outstanding and magnetic spot for its amount of admirers near and afar.