Madame Tussauds Wuhan

I started this blog post last Friday but abandoned it in favour of fighting to get a taxi for a ride across the city to meet a friend (she offered to buy me spicy duck neck (周黑鸭) and I just can't say no to that).

spicy duck neck (周黑鸭)
I'm slowly getting used to China's zero planning and 100% spontaneity policy. It's not easy but if you want to live in China without completely losing your mind, I suggest you learn how to be really flexible and accept last minute changes. Be prepared for everything and expect nothing.

But back to what I actually wanted to talk about: Madame Tussauds

The last time I visited Madame Tussauds was during a two week holiday in the UK sometime back in 2007. I was travelling with a friend and by the time we got to London I was as sick as a dog with a nasty throat infection. Still Madame Tussauds was a must and since we were clever enough to get priority tickets, braving the crazy queue wasn't too bad. That was until we got inside and the pushing and shoving started because there were way too many people and too little time and space to really appreciate all the wax figures. Also, having absolutely no voice is very annoying.

While in Hong Kong last year, I briefly contemplated visiting the wax museum there but when my friend inquired whether they have a statue of Wang Leehom and they told us that they didn't, I choose to do something else.

Wuhan's Madame Tussauds opened at the end of September, just after the Mid-Autumn Festival and it is located on Wuhan's 汉街 (Han Jie).

A traditional Chinese arch at the "entrance" to Wuhan's 汉街
汉街 in the evening. Loads of lights, pretty decorations, chatter and (this is unusual for China) not too many people which means you actually have space
汉街 is a great shopping street with a distinctly European style look but plenty of Chinese characteristics such as the arch at the entrance, the art displays along the street and also one or two "old" wooden gates with traditional Chinese writing and paintings. Usually the place isn't too busy and there are many shops and restaurants to check out. When you get to the end of the street and you still don't have enough, there's always the big Wanda Plaza, a massive shopping centre with many floors, even more shops, restaurants, a cinema and other attractions. In short, you won't get bored but your bank account might suffer seriously.

I'd read about Madame Tussaud's opening a museum in Wuhan online before moving to Wuhan and secretly decided to go there sometime. When I did finally get to Wuhan I forgot all about it until I, by chance, ended up on 汉街 with some friends. I saw the posters and advertisements, remembered that I'd planned to go and vowed to find some time for a trip to the wax museum. Of course, I forgot all about it some five minutes later until earlier this month when my friend and I went to 汉街 for some shopping and dinner. We didn't actually do any shopping, instead we strolled through the museum, a last minute, unplanned decision, looking at all the wax figures and taking pictures. It was actually possible to stroll through the museum because there weren't all that many people there. Even though the museum isn't yet as big as the one in London or in other places, it's great fun. A relaxed atmosphere and plenty of celebrities to pose with.

The tickets are quite pricey, as you can see from the below table we paid 135 RMB each, well I did because I decided to treat my friend. She took forever to decide whether she wanted to go inside or not, so I took matters into my own hands.

Ticket TypeWalk-Up Price
Adults135 RMB
Students (full time, undergraduate or below)90 RMB
Children (0.8m to 1.3m tall)90 RMB
Seniors (age 65+)100 RMB
If you know how to use 美团 (a must have app if you live in China), you can get the tickets slightly cheaper but that requires checking the app and planning when to go.

Striking a pose with the King of Pop, Mr MJ

I didn't feel like posing with the queen but I've always wanted to sit on a throne and feel like a princess for two minutes.

Even wax-Rihanna looks h.o.t.

Jay Chou felt rather indifferent about posing for a photo with me, he preferred to sulk.

My friend with the lovely Audrey Hepburn

Even Albert Einstein is taller than me.

Kobe Bryant and I are battling it out for the ball.

Another, more artsy photo of my pose with the King of Pop

Every girl needs some arm candy...

One pretty lady dreaming about breakfast at Tiffany's and one cheeky gal dreaming about her handsome fish.

I decided to be Jackie Chan's plus one.

In hope to make the fish jealous, I posed with a lot of man and one smoking hot woman.

Playing the piano, or trying to look as convincing as possible.

More arm candy...

Wax or no wax this is still the splitting image of George Clooney and I've always wanted to cosy up with the handsome devil!
My friend told me that this gorgeous lady is famous in China and I feel like I should remember her name but I really don't. To my shame I haven't got the foggiest idea who she is and what she's famous for.