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Wuhan Introduction

Street scenery of Wuhan City, Hubei Province
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.
Wuhan History

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. 

Wuhan overview, Hubei

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. 

 Things to Do
Visitors to Wuhan are drawn by the city's landscape and historical sites. The natural beauty of the city is apparent in its lucid waters and verdant hills. Wuhan is dotted by nearly 200 lakes in or around the city, of which the most famous is East Lake. It is many times the size of the more well-known West Lake in Hangzhou and is the largest inner city lake in China. 

The picturesque East Lake, Wuhan.

The first highway and railway bridge, the Yangtze River Bridge is the best point to view the amazing river and the city. One of the most popular cultural attractions in Wuhan is the spectacular Yellow Crane Tower, which has become the landmark building of the city and another point to overlook Yangtze and the city. Another favorite stop is Heptachord Terrace, named for a popular story about friendship that happened in the old time. Also another Wuhan highlight is the Guiyuan Buddhist Temple best known for its 500 lifelike sculptures of Arhats. Finally, Hubei Provincial Museum is a treasure trove of the cultural relics discovered in this land. The centerpiece of the collection is a huge set of 65 bronze chimes acclaimed by the world.

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.

 How to Get to/around Wuhan
In addition, the transportation in Wuhan is really very convenient. It is almost equidistant from Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Xian and other large cities of China, at a length of about 1000 km. (621 miles). It is the largest transportation hub in central China and has long enjoyed the laudatory title of 'Thoroughfare to Nine Provinces'. The city is the crossings of many railways and highways across China. There is also an extensive network of ferry routes as well as the largest airport in central China.

 Dining & Night Life
Yangtze River running through WuhanWuhan cuisine is highlighted by its excellent aquatic products and some really tasty local snacks. Chairman Mao himself publicly praised the famous 'Wuchang Fish'. Wuhan nightlife provides an array of entertainment. Acrobat shows, KTV, operas, discos, and wine and coffee bars are but a few of your choices for evening activities.

 Foreign Consulates in Wuhan
Chancery: Room 809, Wuhan International Trade Center, No. 566 Jianshe Dadao, Hankou
Tel: +86-(0)27-85778403/85778405/85778406/85778423
Fax: +86-(0)27-85778426
E-mail: chancellerie@consulfrance-wuhan.org