The East Lake Scenic Area is the biggest tourist centre of ancient Chu culture. It is famous for Chu style and Chu charm. Xingyin Pavilion (make poem while walking) is the nationwide famous scenic spot. Lisao Stele gains its reputation for the beautiful lyrics on it, the Chu Heaven Platform, which is located at the peak of the Mo Mountain, offers a platform to overlook the whole city. And the Chu Talent Park introduces a lot of ancient celebrities. There are also some other renowned and inspiring scenic spots such as Chu Bazarre, Quyuan Statue ( Quyuan, the patriotic poet of the Warring States period) and Quyuan Memorial.
Around the East Lake Scenic Area, there are 26 famous universities such as Wuhan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and China University of Geosciences etc, 56 science institutions of different levels, such as Wuhan Botanic Garden of China Academy of Science, and the famous ˇ°Optic Valleyˇ± - the national optoelectronic industry base is located in the East Lake New Tech Development Zone. Jiufeng Forest Reserve, Hubei Provincial Museum and Hubei Provincial Art Gallery add to the attractiveness of the East Lake.