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Street scenery of Wuhan City, Hubei Province

 Full travelling information of Wuhan

Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, is the economic, financial and cultural center of central China and is one of the six designated metropolitan areas in the nation. It is situated in the eastern part of the Jianghan Plain and sits at the confluence of the Yangtze River and its largest branch, the Han River. The city is also called 'Jiang Cheng' (River City) by the words of praise of the famed poet Li Bai.


Covering an area of about 8,500 sq km (2.1 thousand acres), the city is comprised of three districts separated by the two rivers. Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang which used to be separate cities are now called the 'Three Towns of Wuhan'. Of the three, Hankou is the most bustling and prosperous part and serves as the commercial center of Wuhan. Wuchang is more modern and houses many institutes of higher learning and is the cultural center of the city. Hanyang has been identified as an area ripe for future development. Most of the charm and attractions in Wuhan lie in Wuchang and Hanyang. The population of the city has reached 7.8 million, with as many as fifty nationalities including Han, Hui, Tujia, Manchu, Zhuang and Miao among others.

Yangtze River running through Wuhan 


Known as one of the 'Three Furnaces' (the other two are Nanjing and Chongqing, Wuhan sizzles in the summer with a record temperature of 41.3 ℃ (106.3 ℉) (Aug.10th, 1934). However, influenced by the subtropical monsoons, the area has distinct seasons. In winter, the temperatures have been known to dive lower than -10 ℃ (14 ℉). Spring and autumn are milder and are the best time to visit.


As one of China's 24 famous historical and cultural cities as deemed by the State Council, Wuhan boasts a long history. Historical relics from the Shang Dynasty (16th to 11th century BC) having been discovered prove that the city dates back to at least 3,500 years ago. The glitzy culture of Chu (a state in the Chinese Spring and Autumn Period and Warring States Period, 770 BC - 221 BC), another cradle of Chinese culture that is eponymous with the central plain culture, was just cultivated in this productive land. And during the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280), Wuchang was once set as the capital of Wu State. And in the later Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties, Hankou had famed as one of the four famous towns in China. China's democratic revolution, inspired by Sun-Yat-Sen, started in Wuchang in 1911. The pioneer spirit has made the city an outstanding and magnetic spot for its amount of admirers near and afar.



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