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Yellow Crane Tower

 Wuhan Attractions

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Introduction to Yellow Crane Tower (黄鹤楼)

If you’re in Wuhan, an absolute must-see is the Yellow Crane Tower. Regarded as one of the Four Great Towers of China, the tower stands on the banks of the Yangtze River at the top of Snake Hill. It is incredibly beautiful and its cultural significance led to its being made the symbol of Wuhan city. It goes without saying that it is one of Hubei's most popular tourist attractions.

Originally it was built in AD 223, during the Three Kingdoms Period as a Wu Kingdom military tower. In its history of over 1,700 years, Yellow Crane Tower was destroyed many times in different dynasties, and was rebuilt again and again. The construction of the present tower was completed in June 1985. 

The tower is today 52 meters high with five stores and the architecture of the existing tower is from the Qing Dynasty and it was completed first in 1985. Placed on the top of Snake Hill you have a 360 degree view from the top of the tower over Wuhan and a magnificent view northwards over the great Yangtze (Chanjiang) River. 

On the first floor you find a description that made the tower well known throughout China, written by Cui Hao, a famous poet of Tang dynasty (618-907). The tower has fascinated poets through the centuries, only in the Qing dynasty, as many as 300 poems were written about the tower.

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No.56 Minzhu Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan

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Main Sights

Yellow Crane Tower

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Travel Information

Admission: 80 Yuan

Opening Hours: 8:30AM - 5:30PM

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1. Take buses 10, 61, 64, 108, 401, 402, 411, 413 or 584.

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Travel Tips 

1. Try to avoid visiting the Yellow Crane Tower during Golden Week and summer holidays where the crowds and number of visitors will be substantially higher than usual.



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