By Kate Williams , eChinacities.com

Looking for a quick commute during rush hour? Dream on. Trying to flag a taxi in the middle of a rainstorm? Forget about it. Wuhan is a huge city where traffic and transportation can be a real nightmare. So how can we get out and enjoy this lovely city as smoothly as possible? Luckily for us, Wuhan’s metro line 2 is now operating in full effect! Next time you’re itching to get out, you should check out these places of interest along the metro line.

Wuhan metro
Source: toehk

1) Hankou Railway StationView In Map
Wuhan 1911 lies near the Hankou Railway Station and is a nice area with a selection of restaurants and coffee shops. Hit up Zoo Coffee for a morning pick-me-up and a breakfast of waffles, or try one of their deli sandwiches for lunch. Next, stop by Salut International to purchase some imported goods including skincare, household necessities, beer, and a variety of dry/canned foods and snacks. You can finish off the day at Noi, Wuhan’s first authentic Italian restaurant and lounge complete with an Italian/American owner and staff. Noi is also partners with a local cultural club called Global Minds, so be sure to ask about it when you go!

Add: Wuhan 1911, Xinhua Lu, Jianghan District, Wuhan
地址: 武汉市江汉区新华路大武汉1911
Tel: 027 8395 1911 (Noi Italian Restaurant)
Opening hours: 10:00 to 22:00 or later
Station exit: D

2) Fanhu StationView In Map
There’s nothing better than enjoying a rainy day at the museum. Next time the weather ruins your outdoor plans, stop by the Wuhan Museum to check out their exhibits and artifacts. The rain might even clear up while you’re exploring the city’s history and culture, giving you a chance to check out the beautiful Houxianghe Park located just outside the museum.

Add:  373 Qingnian Lu, Jianghan District, Wuhan
地址:武汉市江汉区青年路373号武汉博物馆
Tel: 027 8587 2318
Opening hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (enter before 16:00)
Website: http://www.whmuseum.com.cn
Station exit: A

3) Zhongshan Park StationView In Map
If luxury shopping is what you’re yearning for, then Wuhan International Plaza is the place to go. The basement level of this shopping center features a supermarket called Lifestyle Experiences, probably the most foreign-friendly grocery store you will find in Wuhan. A stroll along Wushang Road, located behind the shopping plaza, will reveal a vast selection of local food vendors that are particularly well-known for breakfast. Of course, a trip through this metro station would never be complete without a visit to its namesake, Zhongshan Park. The Wuhan International Convention and Exhibition Center is located in the area as well.

Add: 690 Jiefang Avenue , Jianghan District, Wuhan
地址: 武汉市江汉区解放大道690号武汉国际广场
Tel: 027 8571 4542
Opening hours: 9:30 to 21:00
Station exit: A

4) Xunlimen Station
At the Xunlimen Station, a transfer can be made to the elevated light rail (line 1). After transferring to line 1, you can head northbound to the Huangpu Road Station to visit Wuhan Tiandi for American-style donuts at Daylight Donuts, or indulge in a double-scoop waffle cone at Baskin-Robbins. Heading in the other direction will bring you to the Chongren Road Station where you can sip traditional Chinese teas and engage in late-night conversation with friends at the Wuhan Tea Market.

Wuhan TiandiView In Map
Add: 62 Lugouqiao Lu , Jiang’an District, Wuhan
地址:武汉市江岸区芦沟桥路62号武汉天地
Tel: 027 8272 6976
Opening hours: 10:00 to 22:00
Station exit: B

Wuhan Tea MarketView In Map
Add: 148 Chongren Lu, Qiakou District, Wuhan
地址:武汉市桥口区崇仁路148号武汉中南第一茶市
Tel: 027 8373 5391
Opening hours: varies; most tea shops open early and close late
Station exit: A

5) Jianghan Road StationView In Map
If you’ve been in Wuhan for any length of time, you’re most likely familiar with the plethora of stores located along Jianghan Road, including the expansive pedestrian street and bustling night market that is open for business seven days a week.

Add: Jianghan Road Pedestrian Street , Jianghan District, Wuhan
地址:武汉市江汉区江汉路步行商业街
Tel: N/A
Opening hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (night market runs from 18:00 to 23:00)
Station exit: D

6) Jiyuqiao StationView In Map
If it’s Sunday and you find yourself in the Jiyuqiao Station, try heading over to the Westin Wuhan for their Bubbalicious Sunday Brunch.

Add: 96 Linjiang Lu, Wuchang District, Wuhan
地址:武汉市武昌区临江大道 96 号武汉万达威斯汀酒店
Tel: 027 8816 8888
Opening hours: 11:30 to 15:00
Website: http://url2it.com/iqsgd
Station exit: A

7) Zhongnan Road StationView In Map
Looking to catch up on a little reading in your native language? Stop by the Hubei Foreign Languages Bookstore to take a look at their selection to find a cure for your literary craving.

Add: 11 Zhongnan Lu, Wuchang District, Wuhan
地址:武汉市武昌区中南路11号湖北省外文书店
Tel: 027 6878 3839
Opening hours: 9:00 to 20:00
Station exit: C1

8) Baotong Temple StationView In Map
Take a trip to the Baotong Temple situated almost entirely on a hillside and tucked away behind trees. This classic Chinese Buddhist temple features two large iron bells that date back nearly 900 years. After you’ve finished in the temple, you can dine at one of the nearby vegetarian restaurants.

Add: 549 Wuluo Lu, Wuchang District, Wuhan
地址:武汉市武昌区武珞路549号宝通寺
Tel: 027 8788 4539
Opening hours: 8:00 to 17:00
Station exit: C2

9) Guangbutun Station
If you’re in need of electronics, this is definitely the place to go! Computer Town has more gadgets than you could ever possibly need. If you’re looking to save a little cash, check out the secondhand electronics market located inside of Computer Town for even more bargains. This area is also home to the sports university, so you can visit one of the many sports equipment retailers for all of your athletic needs as well.

Computer TownView In Map
Add: 201 Luoyu Lu, Hongshan District, Wuhan
地址: 武汉市洪山区珞喻路201号武汉电脑城
Tel: 027 8715 3338
Opening hours: 9:00 to 20:000
Station exit: J

10) Optics Valley Square StationView In Map
If you’re looking to rub elbows with Wuhan’s throngs of students, visit Optical Valley World Square for some familiar shopping and delectable dining. Just opposite this shopping mall is Optics Valley Plaza which has more local-style shops and restaurant options. Located behind Optics Valley Plaza is a pedestrian street subdivided into a series of smaller streets which feature flavors from all over the world. On this walking strip one can find a modern-style street, a Spanish-style street, an Italian-style street, a German-style street, and a French-style street

Add: 889 Luoyu Lu, Hongshan District, Wuhan
地址:武汉市洪山区珞瑜路889号武汉光谷国际广场
Tel: 027 8665 9988
Opening hours: 9:30 to 21:30
Station exits: D and C

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