Nicknamed the ‘Chicago of Asia’, Wuhan is home to over 12 million folks. But behind the modern metropolis lie colourful history and traditions that date back a millennia. Formed by three towns on the junction of the Han and Yangtze rivers, Wuhan is home to the legendary Yellow Crane Tower. Visit Hubei Provincial Museum to see and hear the Chime Bells from the Tomb of Marquis Yi, a remarkable set of instruments from 433BC. Take a pleasure boat on Donghu (East Lake) to Moshan Hill. The Plum Blossom Festival in late February and the Dragon Boat Festival in May are big events to watch out for. Keep an eye out for the International Acrobatic Art Festival when it leaps into town. Hot and dry noodles, stuffed bean skin, Wuchang fish and mianwo are local specialties. Shop at Chu River Han Street and Jianghan Road, then admire the unusual architecture of the Gude Temple of Hankou. Don’t leave Wuhan without consulting the 500 arhats at Guiyuan Temple for your fortune.