Guiyuan Temple

Guiyuan Temple

Shanghai    Suzhou    Guilin   Yangtze    Chongqing    Xian    Beijing

Touring Wuhan Sights

After checking in to the Dorsett Hotel (which unfortunately was under renovation), we found a pedestrian street near the hotel with lots of shops, just jam packed with shoppers and with lovers strolling hand in hand, people just enjoying the night air and the open space that seemed to stretch on forever. The evening walk relaxed us and got us ready for a good night’s sleep. The next morning, we got up early for the usual breakfast buffet. Soon, it was time to pack up and head out for the day’s tour before boarding our bus to Yichang.

Guiyuan Temple

Built in 1658, this 300-year-old Buddhist temple complex ranks as one of the oldest, most ornate in central China. Out of respect, we couldn’t take pictures inside the temple. But we enjoyed some photo ops outside. Here are some Mature Friends, along with some Chinese tourists, looking down at the koi carp swimming the pool below. The Hall of Arhats and the Sutra Collection Pavilion are the highlights.

Yellow Crane Tower

First built in 223 AD, the Yellow Crane Tower, along with an imposing Buddha, stands atop a hill that we had to climb to get to the complex. Once we arrived at the complex, we could climb up the to the top of the tower and take in a sweeping view of the temple complex and the surrounding city.

We had a bit of a problem with our local guide, but our national guide, Sheila, stepped in to save the day. We were happy to have spent time at this extraordinary tower. When we’d finished wandering around the complex and (for some of us) climbing the tower, our bus whisked us off to a local restaurant for a much-needed lunch.

Bus Ride to Yichang

After lunch, we boarded our bus for the three-hour bus ride to our cruise ship (The President 8, only a year old) on the Yangtze River. As we rode along through rural China, we saw saw a lot of countryside, including farmers working their rice paddies. We even observed some water buffalo hard at work in the paddies and fields. When we arrived at Yichang, we had dinner at a local restaurant, and then our bus drove us to our floating hotel to begin our Yangtze adventure!