Hubei province is famed for its many lakes and rivers. Thus, cuisine here takes advantage of the proximity to water, being reliant on many freshwater ingredients like the lotus root. Neighbouring provinces Hunan and Sichuan influence Hubei cuisine with use of similar spices, although with a lot less heat and more steaming of dishes. Among some of the best dishes are:
Re Gan Mian (热干面)– This is arguably the most popular breakfast and snack food in Wuhan. It literally means Hot and Dry noodles and consists of long boiled noodles covered in thick sesame sauce and pickled carrot.
Mian Wo (面窝) : This means salty doughnut, and is as the name implies. This typical local food is rice flour fried with shallots into a thin golden ring. This was supposedly made famous during the Qing dynasty.
Doupi (豆皮): Another diverse and popular breakfast dish in Wuhan. It is made from 2 round soy bean skins stuffed with ingredients like rice, egg, mushrooms and beef. It is then cut into 2-3 pieces. Other fillings can include shrimp, scallions and pork.
Xiaolong tangbao (小笼汤包): Also known as soup dumplings, this Wuhan dish is a variant of xiaolongbao; a steamed dumpling dish containing meat and a thin flour skin. The “tang” means soup, emphasising the juiciness of the meat, in that every bite leaks soup.
Wuhan is the city of students. Therefore, it is naturally a buzzing and vibrant metropolis. Daytime activities include visiting the famed yellow crane tower. This is one of the four great towers of China and has been reconstructed numerously, yet still remaining magnificent. Overlooking the Yangtze river, it is alleged to have once been a wine store, blessed by an old priest who rode away on a crane. Failing this, Wuhan has a multitude of beautiful lakes: East lake being one of the largest urban lake in China. Wander this vast body of water and visit one if the many tourist spots around the lake: Wuhan botanical gardens, Hubei provincial museum and Liyuan park, among others.
Through the centre of Wuhan also runs the famous Yangtse river. There are cruises available to the 3 gorges dam and boat taxis for very reasonable prices. For all your shopping needs, head to Han jie (Han street), a large street in Wuchang with every shop imaginable. During the night, Wuhan comes alive with bars and nightclubs: Soho bar, Devils Brewery, Vox Livehouse and Wuhan Prison to name a few. To check out a range of entertainment in the city, visit the WuhanSocial App through WeChat, for information on everything Wuhan!