Travel Destinations: Hubei Province, China
China is a big country with an even bigger personality. A land so vast, it is made up of different provinces and municipalities, each adding character and beauty to this remarkable country.
Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong are the destinations most flock to when visiting China, but the province of Hubei should not be missed out on. It lies at the heart of China and is the birthplace of the Chinese people themselves. Nestled around the Yangtze River, archaeologists have discovered many different Neolithic cultures, who then laid the foundations for the early dynasties (Xia, Shang and Zhou).
Hubei is a land of lusciousness – fertile plains, imposing hills and mountains, the impressive Three Gorges Dam and when you add the beautiful ancient villages scattered here and there, you find that this is China that you dream about.
One of China’s massive cities, Wuhan is made up of three former cities – Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang. Going back to the Han Dynasty, this city has seen many different walks of life, making it a very important and impressive city.
Wuhan has some great cultural sites to see – start with a trip to Hubei Provincial Museum, where you can gaze in wonder at some impressive artefacts from Hubei and especially at the Zenghouyi Tomb. The Guiyan Temple and the Changchun Temple are both excellent places to go to as well.
Wudang Shan may not be one of the five sacred mountains in Daoism, but it is still a highly spiritual place for travellers to go to. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are many Daoist temples to visit including Yuxu Temple,m Fire God Temple, Purple Cloud Temple and Langmei Temple.
Yichang is the gateway to the upper Yangtze River and the place to embark on your river cruise through the impressive gorges. The Three Gorges Dam is the only real thing to see and experience here, but the scenery is simply beautiful.
Shennongjia is a remote region in North West Hubei, home to some of the most hauntingly beautiful scenery in China. Remote and stunning, this area is home to more than 1300 different types of medicinal herbs. It is also home to leopards, bears, wild boars and different species of monkeys, including the endangered golden snub-nosed monkey.
In South West Hubei, you will find the sleepy little town of Yumuzhai nestled away in the hills. The Tujia, one of the 56 officially recognised ethnic groups in China, are the inhabitants here and you can learn more about their history and culture through folk songs and beautiful opera.