Wuhan has many names: the Chicago of China, China’s Thoroughfare, and the River City, to name a few. Now, Wuhan’s global fame has skyrocketed for a very negative reason. Maybe you’ve heard about it.

Chu Tiantai, Mushan, East Lake, Wuhan Stock Photo - AlamyThe River City: Wuhan (via 699pic)Wuhan has a history beyond the virus that deserves recognition. Born out of three cities — Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang — it is a melting pot of cultures.

At the junction of the Yangtze and Han rivers, Wuhan is an essential trading post. Therefore, it got its nickname, the River City.

Wuhan helped supply cities such as Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tianjin for the majority of the 20th century. It is a hub for the Chu culture, which dates back to the Zhou dynasty in the 8th century.

The motifs of the culture feature vivid images of wildlife and mystical animals. Chu culture is reflected in the Wuhan architecture such as the Chu Tian Tai landmark.

Chu Tian Tai (via weibo)Traveling is so uncertain and difficult during this time. But there are still many ways to appreciate far-flung places all over the world.

The city offers a lot  in terms of culture, history, food, and more! It would be a shame only to remember it for its part in the pandemic.

With a quick look into the hashtag #Wuhan, the best aspects of the city are highlighted all over twitter.

City residents know the best local spots to scout out authentic experiences such as the Hankou Riverbank:

Who would have known about the vast craft beer scene in Wuhan?

There is also a promotion and appreciation of living history. Social media makes it possible to document the stories of Wuhan shopkeepers such as this violin maker:

Sometimes, it is just nice to appreciate the local foods that fill the Wuhan streets with their delicious smells:

Speaking of food, the best way to experience a new culture’s food is through a Food Market Tour. Here are a few videos that walk tourists through Wuhan’s offerings from a local’s perspective:

All to say, I pity such a wonderfully rich and exciting city being labeled so poorly. Hopefully, I’ve given you a taste of what Wuhan has to offer in the way of food, sites and culture. We can appreciate the city for all that it is meant to be, and not just focus on recent headlines.

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Emma Federer

Emma Federer is a wacky screenwriter that uses her voice to celebrate of all things Asian: from C-pop to female stand-ups to the heart-warming experiences of queer Asian Americans.
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