The East Lake ecological scenic area is situated in the east of Wuhan City. The total scenic area covers 82 square kilometers, of which the water area is 33 square kilometers. It is the largest city lake in China.
East Lake has beautiful mountains and rivers, and unique and charming landscapes. The East Lake scenic area can be divided into five parts. At present, there are four areas of more than 100 scenic spots open to the public, including Tingtao (Listening to Surging Waves), Mo Hill (Millstone Hill), Chuidi (Playing Flutes) and Luoyan (Diving Wild Goose).
There are wide water areas of 33 square kilometers, 12 lakes that are both large and small, and over 120 islands dotted around, with a twisty shoreline of 112 kilometers. Around the lake, 34 mountains and peaks are rolling along it, and forests of more than 10,000 mu provide lush vegetation. The lake is like a mirror, while the scenery looks like a picture.
The landscapes in East Lake are attractive throughout the four seasons. In spring, it is characterized by green mountains, clean water, flying birds and fragrant flowers; in summer, taking a boat to tour around the river is very exciting; in autumn, red leaves cover all the mountains, and the area is overwhelmed by an osmanthus fragrance; in winter, it is very pleasant to go out and enjoy the snow, the beauty of the plum blossoms and the flying migrant birds.
Mo Hill Area is a very important part of East Lake. Surrounded by water in three parts, the area has natural sceneries as beautiful as pictures, and also man-made landscapes rich in culture from the Chu Dynasty.
As the most beautiful tourism resort in Wuhan City, it receives about one million tourists from home and abroad every year. The four special characteristics of Mo Hill Area are splendid mountains and rivers, abundant plants, unique garden parks and the rich Chu culture.
Abundant in rainfall and sunshine, the area has as many as 250 species of more than two million trees for sightseeing, thus having the reputation of being the “Green Treasure House” in Wuhan.
What's more, the area is also called the sea of flowers, with thousands of flower species. Among them, plums, azaleas, cherries, orchids, lotuses, sweet scented osmanthuses, Chinese roses, begonias and peach blossoms are the representative ones. The plum blossoms have as many as 206 varieties of about 20,000 plum trees and plants.
Luohong Area, namely Wuhan University, is located in the shadows of the mountains and forests. Ancient and classy campus constructions are scattered around amongst the flowers and trees of cherries and sweet-scented osmanthuses, attracting a great number of tourists to visit. Hongshan is also a good place full of thick forests and numerous historic spots.
In Luoyan District stands Drum Mountain. It was said that the mountain was the place where King Zhuang Chu (an emperor of the Chu Kingdom during the Spring and Autumn Period) played a drum to supervise the war against Yuejiao Dou (a brave and battlewise general of the Chu Kingdom).
In one battle, Yuejiao Dou tried to shoot an arrow to hit King Zhuang Chu, only to find that the arrow hit the drum. As a result, the mountain was called Drum Mountain.
Luoyan Area lies at the banks of Tuan Lake, the eastern part of East Lake, and is bordered by the valleys of Jiufeng Ma'anshan Forest Park at the south, facing Mo Hill Area across the lake.
The area has more than 30 ancient trees, famous trees and their resources. It is the most concentrated place for resources of ancient and famous trees, and is the ancient and famous trees community with the most ornamental value. Due to the superior ecological environment, a great number of birds inhabit the area.
At the beginning of February every year (right before and after the Spring Festival), a lot of festivals are held, such as the China Wuhan Plum Festival, East Lake Lotus Festival, East Lake Cherry Festival and the Summertime Festival.
East Lake scenic spot area is in the downtown area of Wuhan City. Adjacent to the airport, station and the dock, it is very convenient. It is 8 kilometers away from Wuchang Station, 12 kilometers from Wuhanguan dock, and 30 kilometers from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport.
Bus routes: there are many buses that go to East Lake, such as 14, 36, 401, 402, 411, 413, 515, 605, 701, 712, 578, 573 and 537.