Yichang is a prefecture-level city in the Hubei province in eastern-central China. Lying on the banks of the Yangtze River, Yichang has been a permanent settlement since approximately the 3rd century BCE. Today, Yichang is considered the main transportation gateway between east and west China; flights, buses, and trains all begin and end here from across the country. To get here, you can fly to Sanxia Airport from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Guangzhou. Getting around the region is fairly straightforward; there are regional boats, buses, and trains.
In part thanks to the Three Gorges Dan, which is nearby, the region is one of the most important hydroelectric sites in the world. The dams are open to tourists and see over one million visitors each year, which feeds directly into the Yichang economy. If you’re here to see the dams, you can take a tour from the Three Gorges Tourist Centre. Any hostel or hotel can arrange a tour for you. The information centre is in the city centre, not near the dam. The word for “hostel” in Chinese is “宿舍,” which is pronounced as “su-she;” a tourist information kiosk will be able to help you find one if you are in town. There are only a couple of hostels in Yichang, but the ones that are here are similar to the hostels you might be familiar with from Australia or Europe.
Beyond the gorges and the dams, Yichang has the standard city stuff, like museums, shopping, and nightlife. There are also some excellent nature reserves and parks within the city limits, with great hiking, waterfalls, and more. Some have caves and stone forests; it may be worth spending an extra day here if you want to explore Yichang’s hiking scene. From a history standpoint, Yichang has important relics from the Three Kingdoms period, when it was the site of a major battle between the Shu Han and the Wu dynasties in the early 3rd century AD.
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