Location: Yichang lies on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Hubei Province.
History: In ancient times Yichang was known as Yiling. There are historical records telling that in the year 278 BC during the Warring States period, the Qin general Bai Qi set fire to Yiling. In 222 AD Yichang was also the site of the Battle of Yiling during the Three Kingdoms Period.
In 1876, under the Qing Guangxu Emperor, Yichang was opened to foreign trade as a trading port after the Second Opium War with Britain. In 1940, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Zaoyang-Yichang took place in the area.
Transportation: By Air-Sanxia Airport has played an important role in the construction of the Three Gorges Dam Project.
By Train-Yichang Railway Station was built in 1974 and refurbished in 2002. Surprisingly, the railway station was built halfway up a mountain.
By Highway-The development of motorways in Yichang has been very rapid. Yihuang Expressway (from Yichang to Huangshi), Hurong Expressway (from Shanghai to Chengdu) and three national roads play an important role in Yichang's highway communication.
By Water-Yichang Port (also known as the Ninth Wharf) is one of the eight important ports on Yangtze River. There are 6 wharfs scattered around the port for transporting goods as well as passengers. Taking a cruise ship in Yichang is a good way to enjoy the picturesque view along the Yangtze River and is very popular among the travelers.
Hotels: Guobin Garden Hotel, Peninsula Hotel
Guobin Garden Hotel-This hotel is located near the city center, close to Binjiang Park, only 3 minutes drive to the railway station and 20 minutes to the airport.
Peninsula Hotel-Located in Dongshan Developing Area, 1 km to Han-yi Highway, 25 km to The Three Gorges International Airport and 0.8 km to downtown.
Dining: Cold Shrimp, Cold Cordate Houttuynia in Sauce, Cordata houttuynia
Nightlife: After dark, the nightlife of Yichang begins. Like most cities in China, at the end of the working day people jostle with each other in bars, discos, KTV (karaoke) and other places of entertainment. Jiefang Road and Ermalu are two popular areas for dining and social activities. Listed below are some recommended entertainment venues and cafés in Yichang.
Weather: Yichang belongs to the humid, monsoon climate of the subtropics, with abundant rainfall throughout the year. The average temperature is around 17o C (62.6o F).
Although Yichang is less hot than Wuhan (Wuhan is renowned as one of China's "oven cities", due to its blistering-hot summer weather), it is still very hot and humid during summer, by any measure. In winter, Yichang is damp and freezing cold. The best time to visit Yichang is therefore during spring and autumn.
Attraction: Three Gorges Dam, Chinese Sturgeon Museum
Three Gorges Dam-"Three Gorges Dam Project" is the short term for the water control project at the three gorges on Yangtze River. Three Gorges Dam Project is composed of the dam, the hydropower stations and the navigation facility. It measures 607 feet tall and the top is 3,319 yards wide. It has taken 17 years to finish the construction of the whole project, which started in 1992 and includes three stages.
Chinese Sturgeon Museum- Chinese Sturgeon Museum is a part of the Chinese Sturgeon Garden which is located in Xiaoxita Town, in Yichang of Hubei Province. The museum was set up in 1993 by the Chinese Sturgeon Research Institute. This institute aims to preserve the rare species of Chinese sturgeon that includes 27 species of sturgeon that still exist in the world.
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