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
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.