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Yellow Crane Tower & Hubei Provincial Museum

Yellow Crane Tower, a symbol of Wuhan.

 Yellow Crane Tower 

As one of the 'Three Famous Towers South of Yangtze River', Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan was originally built during the Three Kingdom Period (220-280) for military purpose. Thousands of years later, after several destructions and reconstructions, the extant tower was rebuilt in 1981. In the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it was a place for poets and literary scholars to hold parties and celebrations. There are many beautiful stories popular among Chinese about the Yellow Crane Tower.

Legend says that once a kind young man named Xin opened a wine shop at the site of Yellow Crane Tower. A Taoist priest asked for wine one day. Xin is so generous that he served the Taoist priest for free. So the Taoist priest painted a crane on the wall, which would dance whenever people clap. People were so amazed by the supernatural crane that they swarmed into the wine shop. The young man soon became rich. Ten years later, the Taoist priest revisited the shop and rode on the crane to the sky. In memory of the immortal Taoist priest, the young man built a tower named Yellow Crane Tower.

Now the new tower is a five-story building with a height of 50.4 meters (165.4 ft). Murals, statues of famous poets, poems and paintings are situated inside the tower. Standing on the grand tower, one can overlook the beautiful landscape of Wuhan City as well as the remarkable Yangtze River.

Admission Fee: CNY 50
Bus Route: 411, 1
Tourist Bus Route: 1

Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan
 Hubei Provincial Museum

Located on the bank of beautiful East Lake, Hubei Provincial Museum was established in 1953 and covers an exhibition area of 2,400 sq meters (0.59 acres). The museum boasts of having great musical instruments collections, bronze wares and lacquer wares.

In 1978, a great tomb which can be dated back to early Warring States Period (475-221 B.C.) was discovered in Sui County of Hubei Province. More than 15,000 relics were excavated from the tomb, including bronze ritual vessels, musical instruments, weapons, lacquerware and so on. Among these relics, the 65 chime bells are the most famous. The biggest bell is 153.4 cm (60.4 inches) with a weight of 203.6 kg (448.9 pounds). Although the bells had been buried underground for more than 2,000 years, people can still use them to play music! 

Performance in Hubei Provincial Museum, WuhanThe bronze Zun and Pan, which were also found in the tomb, are also incredible. The Zun was situated inside the Pan to receive wine; meanwhile, ice could be put into Pan to cool the wine. Then, people could enjoy a cold drink! A
lacquer box found in the tomb is also marvelous. The twenty-eight constellations which the celestial sphere was divided in ancient Chinese astronomy were painted on the box. The pictures tell the archaeologists that ancient Chinese had known astronomy already in the fifth century B.C.

Besides, 16 national treasures as well as 645 first class cultural relics are well preserved in Hubei Provincial Museum.

Admission Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: 08:30-12:00 (No admission after 11:30)
13:30-17:00 (No admission after 16:30)
Bus Route: 14, 552, 578, 605, 701, 709, 712, 402, 411