This bustling city is divided into three distinct areas; Hankou which is the most prosperous and has the nickname ‘shopping paradise’, Wuchang which is the cultural center and Hanyang which is another good shopping area. Jianghan is a pedestrian street in the center of the city in the Hankou district and has a 100-year history. The street is 1,200 meters and has loads of interesting things to buy in attractive colonial buildings.
Han Zheng street also has a long history and it was made a designated tourist shopping street in 2000, The Hanjiang walking street is a great experience as it has almost 200 stores for clothes, electrical appliances, and five leafy squares with cafés and bars for tired shoppers! If you have never tried bargaining, your stay in Wuhan provides you with the ideal opportunity! The target is to bargain the price down to 23-50% of the original price asked!
1. Choose some beautiful turquoise
The beautiful semi-precious stone ‘turquoise’ meaning ‘Turks stone’ is widely available in Wuhan. The beautiful pale blue turquoise is the rarest and most valuable kind. The more usual color is blue/green. Most of the stones have fine black veining which is very popular, although it is said that stones without veining are more valuable. Jade is frequently used as an inlay for stunning bracelets and necklaces.
If you are treating yourself to a beautiful piece of jade jewelry, it is well worth remembering that jade is a porous stone and should be treated with care so that it doesn’t absorb any creams, perfume or even perspiration.
2. Select some gorgeous silk flowers
These beautiful flowers are crafted by hand and are vibrantly colored. This local handicraft has a history stretching back to the Tang dynasty. There are Chinese roses, peonies, chrysanthemums, dahlia and a myriad of wildflowers. As well as looking great in a vase, they can bring a new look to a tired dress!
3. Taste some Jing Wu’s duck neck
This is a real delicacy. The duck’s neck is flavored with 28 different seasonings and is cooked in a casserole over low heat for a long time. The duck has a strong and very distinctive taste and is much-loved by everyone. Jing Wu is the best-known producer.
4. Enjoy some delicious cakes
There are some really delicious local cakes to try and these can be easily bought from the supermarkets. Xiaogon cake is made from sticky rice flour, sesame, and osmanthus and is crispy, sweet and really nutritious – no excuse needed! Mahjong cake is made from similar ingredients and is cut into long pieces that are soft yet crisp and very tempting!
5. Treat yourself to a smartwatch
If you fancy getting some new techie – maybe a new laptop or even a smartwatch – there is one place to head for and that is Wuchang Guanghutun which is located where Luoyu Road and Guangba Road meet. Wuchang Guanghutun is the largest electronics market and is simply huge with all types of equipment at great prices – you will be mesmerized for hours!
6. Admire the leather fans
Whilst the folding paper fans are a common sight, the leather fans from Honghu are very different – not least of all because they do not fold! They have a 2,000-year history and date from the period of the Three Kingdoms (220-280). If you have room in your suitcase, they will certainly make an unusual and attractive wall hanging.
7. Taste some local wine
If you are looking for an unusual memento to take home, what about a bottle or two of local wine? There are a number of different ones available in Wuhan with Yellow Crane Tower and Zhijiang wine being the most popular labels. Yellow Crane Tower is of course named after one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
8. Try some lotus roots
Lotus roots are used to flavor a number of local meat dishes and also rice dishes. The very best is the fresh lotus rice which is available July- August each year which is really fragrant and wonderful to eat.
9. Remember the beauty of the cherry blossom
Wuhan is transformed during March – early April by all the cherry blossom and East Lake Cherry Blossom Park is a great place to go especially as it has started opening until 10.00p.m. and has 8,000 lights creating a very special night-scape. If you do get the change to go – seize it as it is very special and if you would love a souvenir, what better than one of the attractive silk scarves decorated with a cherry blossom pattern.
10. Try eating some moss!
Sounds strange, but Hongshan moss – also known as ‘red moss’ is a local delicacy. The moss is actually purple in color and when eaten fresh it is crisp and very nutritious! The moss is easily obtained in the spring and winter months. . .