Wuhan, Day 6, June 13 – Andrew Bouland

I awoke in my bed this morning to Adam P. yelling, “we have to leave in 10 minutes!”  Apparently, we had slept through both of our alarms.  We were both tired from last night’s flight.   Nonetheless, we forced ourselves to get up and hurried down to the hotel lobby to begin our day of touring through Wuhan.

Downstairs, we were greeted by two Central China Normal University (CCNU) graduate students who served as our tour guides for the day.  Once everyone had gathered we crammed into a van and headed to the Hubei Provincial Museum.  I’d like to mention that the driving in China is completely different than that in the U.S.  I’m surprised we haven’t seen any accidents yet!  Adam P. summarized the Chinese driving style well by asking, “Why do they even draw lines on the road?” 

The Hubei Provincial Museum is pretty comparable to the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.  It is funded by the state and contains exhibits of Chinese history, culture, technology, and government.  Exhibits included topics such as the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng and the Yungxian Man cranium and human evolution.  The tomb is particularly well known for its bronze wares and musical instruments.  Being a percussionist, I found the bronze bells, stone chimes, and drums particularly interesting.  We also attended a concert focusing on traditional Chinese music and dance.  It showcased many of the instruments found in the Zeng tomb.          

Apparently, the Hubei museum is especially rich in exhibits because of its central location in China and its proximity to a number of historical sites.  On the topic of geography, I want to mention that Wuhan’s geography and climate is much different than that of Guiyang.  Wuhan is situated in a valley and is very hot and humid.  I think we’d all prefer Guiyang’s rainy weather over this weather!

We then headed to lunch with our CCNU guides and went on a short driving tour of Wuhan.  We passed by East Lake, where Dr. Cristol was able to check out some of the local bird species.  We then made our way to the Yellow Crane tower. The tower is situated atop a hill, and we were able to see the Yangtze River and most of Wuhan from the top of it.  This city is huge!  It is populated with almost 10 million people!

Following some shopping, we went out to dinner with Professor Xiong Li and other professors from CCNU.  Thankfully, dinner was finished relatively early so we were able to go to the hotel with plenty of time to relax after our busy day!  Tomorrow, we will spend the entire day on the campus of CCNU.  I’m looking forward to meeting more students!