If you’re fascinated by the origins of Covid, I’ve got you covered.
In this article, I’ll take you on a tour of 3 Wuhan spots where Covid began: the Huanan Seafood Market, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and the Wuhan Leishenshan Hospital.
According to the WHO, over 80,000 confirmed cases were reported from Wuhan by March 2020.
Let’s dive in!
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1. Huannan Seafood Market-华南海鲜市场 1
The Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China, has been identified as the possible epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The market sold a wide variety of live animals, including exotic wildlife, making it a prime location for the transmission of zoonotic diseases.
It’s closed and all surrounded with fences.
How I Got There?
High Speed Train: From Shanghai Hongqiao Station – Hankou Station (12 minutes walk from Hankou Station to Huanan Seafood Market)
Address: 发展大道207号 （Fa Zhan Da Dao 207)
The train leaves every 30 minutes. Check the schedule and buy online HERE!
Tips: Google map doesn’t work in China. Apple map works slightly better. Chinese use Baidu map 百度地图 or Gaode map 高德地图.
2. Wuhan Institute of Virology-武汉病毒研究所 2
The Wuhan Institute of Virology is a research facility in Wuhan, China, that has been a subject of speculation and controversy related to the origins of Covid-19.
The institute studies a wide range of viruses, including bat coronaviruses, and has been identified as a possible source of the virus that caused the Covid-19 pandemic.
While the institute denies any involvement in the outbreak, it remains a key location of interest in ongoing investigations into the virus’s origins.
How I Got There?
Subway: Get in from Hankou Station close to Huanan Seafood Market in Line 2, after 13 stops then get out from Jiedaokou station. Exchange into Line 8, after 1 stop then get out from Xiaohongshan Station.
Walk to final destination.
Address: 小洪山中区44号 （Xiao Hong Shan Zhong Qu 44)
3. Wuhan Leishenshan Hospital-雷神山医院 3
Wuhan Leishenshan Hospital is a specialist facility in Wuhan, China, that was built specifically to treat patients with Covid-19.
The hospital was constructed in just 12 days in response to the surge of Covid-19 cases in Wuhan and played a crucial role in the city’s response to the pandemic.
The hospital has been hailed as an impressive feat of engineering and a symbol of China’s efforts to control the outbreak.
It’s all closed by now.
How I Got There?
Subway: Get in from Xiaohongshan Station close to Wuhan Institute of Virology, after 9 stops then get out from Junyun Station.
700 meters walk to the final destination.
Address: 强军路 （Qiang Jun Lu)
Since you travel this far to Wuhan, you do not want to miss Suzhou the Venice of the East.
It's 3 hours away from Wuhan and on the way back to Shanghai.
Visiting the three places where the pandemic began was a fascinating and surreal experience for me, who had previously only witnessed events through the media.
It provided a unique sense of connection and perspective and helped gain a deeper understanding of the pandemic’s impact on these communities.
Despite the overwhelming emotions evoked, the experience was undoubtedly valuable and memorable.