Welcome to Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei province and the largest city in central China. Straddling the banks of the Yangtze River, Wuhan is an important inland port with over 3,000 years of history. Wuhan is an amalgamation of three ancient cities, Hanyang, Hankou, and Wuchang, which were united in 1927 to form the city of Wuhan as we know it today.
A significant contributor to China's economy, Wuhan is a primary transport and industrial hub housing some of China's largest domestic automotive and steel manufacturing companies, with many of the city's 11 million residents employed in related industries. Wuhan is also a city surrounded by beautiful nature and the city itself contains a wealth of historical sites from China's imperial and revolutionary eras that are well worth exploring. Experience the best of Wuhan with a stay in Frasers Hospitality's serviced apartments, offering apartment hotel living close to many of Wuhan's top things to see and do.
Offering 127 contemporary serviced apartments in Wuhan, Modena by Fraser Zhuankou offers guests travelling to Wuhan for business or leisure the ideal base to explore everything Wuhan has to offer. Business travellers will appreciate the property's location conveniently close to Wuhan's Economic & Technological Development Zone, where many of Wuhan's and China's top companies have their offices. Onsite, enjoy Modena by Fraser Zhuankou's facilities including a 24/7 fully-equipped gym and extensive meeting room facilities.
Wuhan is China's transport hub and a major connector between China and the rest of the world. China's extensive high-speed rail network radiates out from Wuhan, a journey of only five hours to the cities of Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai. As a byproduct of Wuhan's location and focus on industries as varied as automotive, medical, and textile manufacturing, the city is also a hub for the sciences and education, ranking third in China for universities and educational institutions. Wuhan's residents are young, laidback and friendly. If you're travelling to China for the first time, Wuhan offers an authentic experience of what China's '2nd-tier' cities are like and an excellent reflection of modern China.
Wuhan also has a wealth of wonderfully preserved historical sights that are a must-see during your serviced apartments stay, including Yellow Crane Tower and the Guiyuan Buddhist Temple. Further afield, Wuhan is also the gateway to the misty majesty of the Wudang Mountains and some of China's best natural wonders.
During your apartment hotel stay, don't miss out on experiencing the best Wuhan and the surrounding region has to offer.
Standing sentinel over the Yangtze River, Yellow Crane Tower is one of the 'Four Great Towers of China' - a suitably grand title for so impressive a structure. The original tower was constructed in 223 AD by the King of Wu as a defensive position for his newly created kingdom. The Tang dynasty - era poet Cui Hao wrote a now famous poem upon visiting the tower, considered a masterpiece of Chinese poetry. The original tower was destroyed by fire in 1884; however today visitors to Wuhan can see the current iteration of the tower atop Snake Mountain and marvel at the period architecture and panoramic views from the tower's top. To get to Yellow Crane Tower from your serviced apartment in the Caidian District is by taxi.
Long a trading and cultural hub in central China, Wuhan has played an important role in much of China's history over the last 3,000 years. Experience Wuhan's long and storied history with a visit to two of the city's most impressive historical sites. Step back in history with a visit to Guiyuan Buddhist Temple, located about a 25-minute drive or on metro line 6 from your serviced apartment in the Hanyang District. Constructed in the Qing Dynasty, the temple dates back to 1658 and was built on the site of an earlier Ming Dynasty structure. Wander the temple's five courtyards and marvel at the colourful, intricate design of the temple structures and manicured gardens.
Another more recent historical point of interest lies on the shore of East Lake in Wuchang, the summer villa of China's Chairman Mao Zedong. During the Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong and other members of the Politburo used the villa as a retreat from the weight of their responsibilities in Beijing. To visit a place where the father of modern China once resided is a humbling experience, and the information on site provides a unique insight into the life of one of history's most well-known personalities. The interiors of the villa are also a marvel, decked out in a delightful 60's style kitsch with a Chinese flair.
The UNESCO world heritage site Wudangshan National Park located to the northwest of Wuhan in Hubei province, boasts one of the most magical scenes in all China. Wudang mountain and the Five Immortals Temple is the centre of Taoist philosophy and the Wudang school martial arts in China, including taichi. The temples of the mountain are associated with the Chinese deity Xuanwu, who was said to control the elements and capable of mighty acts of magic. Wandering through the halls and courtyards of the temple complexes as the mists curl around the mountain tops is an otherworldly experience, and well worth the few hours it takes to arrive in Wudang from your serviced apartments aboard one of the four bullet trains that depart Wuhan daily.
The artfully cool pedestrian street of Tan Hua Lin is where students and hipsters from Wuhan's nearby universities hang out. The road forms the centre of Wuhan's creative hub; you'll find plenty of cafes, galleries, street art and restaurants. It's worth spending some time wandering the length of the street and soaking up the beautifully curated decay of the buildings and the art that adorns many of the facades, then stopping by a cafe for a coffee and some people watching. Afterwards, stop by some of the boutique galleries or book and antique stores to buy a memento.
To eat like a local in Wuhan, there are two things you need to do: the first is to get up early, the second is to make your way from your apartment hotel to Hubu Alley on the other side of the Yangtze. Hubu Alley is best known as a great place to grab traditional breakfast bites, or as the Wuhanese call it, 'Guo Zao'. Along the 150-metre length of the street, you'll find well over a hundred food stalls and restaurants to choose from. A must-try dish is dòu pí - glutinous rice with minced pork and wrapped in tofu skin. It's salty, flavourful and filling - ideal for a cold Wuhan winter morning. Other famous eat streets include JiQing Street and Qiaokou Road.
Wuhan is located at the epicentre of China's extensive high-speed rail network, so if travelling to your serviced apartment in Wuhan from another Chinese city, the most efficient way is aboard a bullet train. If travelling from overseas or elsewhere in China by air, visitors will arrive at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport. To get from the airport terminal to your serviced apartments, take Wuhan's metro line 2 from Terminal 3 Exit B directly to the city.