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Yichang

Yichang is found in the Western Hubei province of China and is the second largest city in the area after Wuhan. It is an ancient city that is well known for its abundant natural resources and historical sites. It is also a modern metropolis, attracting millions of visitors annually, many of whom arrive to see the Three Gorges Dam Project.

Tours and activities in Yichang

With so much to see in Yichang during your visit, you should consider an organized tour, especially if you’re visiting the Qingjiang River Gallery. Local guides can help you out with booking travel to attractions and give you local history and flavor, especially when it comes to dining out.

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Best time to visit

Yichang has a sub-tropical monsoon climate. It’s warm and wet all year round, with the heaviest rainfall and warmest temperatures in June and July, making it uncomfortable. The best time to visit is spring and autumn. Mid-August is particularly good as you can visit the Dragon Boat Festival.

Top Attractions in Yichang

What to see and do
The Three Gorges Dam Project
1. The Three Gorges Dam Project
Landmarks and icons

Yichang’s most famous landmark is man-made: The Three Gorges Dam Project. Started in 1992, this massive project took 17 years to complete and is the world’s largest hydropower dam. An awe-inspiring sight, the dam itself is surrounded by scenic beauty such as Tanzi Mountain, and the nearby Memorial Garden is an open-air museum that exhibits many of the machines used during the dam’s construction.

The Chinese Sturgeon Museum
2. The Chinese Sturgeon Museum
Museums, galleries and exhibitions

The Chinese Sturgeon Museum was set up in 1993 by the Chinese Sturgeon Research Institute, to study and preserve the 27 rare species of Chinese sturgeon that remain. It is also home to research on the reproduction rate of the Chinese sturgeon, which is now a protected animal.

Xianren Village
3. Xianren Village
Museums, galleries and exhibitions

You can also visit Xianren Village, part of the Qinjiang River Gallery, which is a well preserved ancient town full of stilt houses and still populated by the local Tujia people. Here you can see Xianren Cave and the so-called ‘Smart Spring’, the water of which is said to improve eyesight and clear your head.

Qingjiang River Gallery
4. Qingjiang River Gallery
Nature, parks and outdoors

Qingjiang River Gallery is an area of outstanding natural beauty with three famous scenic spots: Reflection Gorge, the afore-mentioned Xianren Village, and Wuluo Zhongli Mountain. Reflection Gorge is so-named because it has crystal-clear waters and is bounded on both shores by a gorge containing many natural wonders. These include Qingjiang Giant Buddha Mountain, said to resemble Maitreya.

Wuluo Zhongli Mountain
5. Wuluo Zhongli Mountain
Nature, parks and outdoors

Wuluo Zhongli Mountain looks as if it is floating on water. It is not only a spectacularly scenic spot but is also renowned for its abundance of local Qingjiang Fish. The entire valley is best seen by cruise ship, the price of which is included in admission to the area.

Qu Yuan’s Hometown
6. Qu Yuan’s Hometown
Things to do with kids

For a historical day out with the family, you should check out Qu Yuan’s Hometown. During construction of the Three Gorges Dam, many important historical sites dedicated to the poet Qu Yuan from the Warring States Period were relocated to this new site.

Qu Yuan’s Temple
7. Qu Yuan’s Temple
Things to do with kids

Inside you can see Qu Yuan’s Temple, local folk houses and visit local people engaged in customs and culture. 

Dragon Boat Festival
8. Dragon Boat Festival
Things to do with kids

There is also an annual Dragon Boat Festival where you can watch traditional customs and take part in the races and tying the five-colored thread.

Olympic Sports Centre
9. Olympic Sports Centre
Sports and leisure

Yichang has also recently completed construction of a multipurpose Olympic Sports Centre, where tennis, badminton, gymnastics and other sports take place.

Erqi Square
10. Erqi Square
Leisure and shopping

You’ll find plenty of large department stores around Erqi Square, and nearby there are two modern malls, the Mixc, and David Plazas. Between these facilities, pretty much everything you could want is catered for, including western clothes shops and even the odd burger bar.

Getting here and getting around

Yichang city is well-served by transportation, with the Yinchang Sanxia Airport sitting only 26-Km from the city center. This airport operates 31 routes from both domestic and international cities. Shuttle buses take travelers from the airport into the city and long-distance buses connect it with many other cities in mainland China.

Yichang also has a harbor into the Yangtze River, allowing travel by boat and cruise ships, which connects tourists with Chongqing and on to Shanghai.

There are two main railway stations in Yichang: The East Railway Station and Yichang Railway Station.  The latter is mainly used for freight trains, while the former allows travel to many cities in China.

Within the city, it’s also easy to get around. Bus routes traverse the entire city, offering an economical method of getting to and from most of the local attractions. Fares are ¥1 for non-air-conditioned buses and ¥2 for those with air-conditioning, although as these are self-service, make sure you carry some change.

The city does not yet have any open subway lines although three are currently under construction. By far the easiest way to get around Yichang is by taxi. They are available on the street 24 hours a day, with flag-down rates starting at ¥6.

Eating and drinking

Yichang cuisine is similar to Sichuan in its spicy and pungent flavors. Hot pepper and chili powder are both well used in traditional dishes, as is bacon. Local dishes include Liangxia (cold shrimp) which is actually made of rice, corn and brown sugar and is shaped like a shrimp, hence its name. You can also try Cold Cordate Houttuynia in Sauce.

There are many snack streets where you can try local delicacies, such as Baren Street, which is known for its Douhua Fish, and Xiaomian Street. Xiaomian is a typical local breakfast comprised of pig’s large intestines, beef, and omelet mixed in a bean and bone soup.

Good restaurants to try to include Xiaopinghu Restaurant and Hongxing Restaurant, where you’ll find an exciting mix of Sichuan, Hunan and Guangdong cuisine, as well as many local dishes.

Getting a good night's sleep

One of the best upmarket hotels in Yichang is the Ramada Yichang Hotel. This 5-star accommodation includes a fitness center and massage, a terrace, and a souvenir and gift shop. Rooms are modern and come with all the facilities you’ll need, including flat-screen TVs, and the on-site restaurant serves fantastic Chinese dishes.

A great mid-priced hotel is the Luck 7 Inn Yichang CBD. It has a great location, clean, modern rooms, and scores very highly with visitors to the city as offering superb value for money.

If you’re on a budget, a popular hotel is Yidou Hotel. Basic but clean rooms come equipped with private bathrooms and showers and the hotel offers cycling hire so that you can tour the local area.