Wuhan ([ù.xân] ( listen)) is the capital of Hubei province, China, and is the most populous city in Central China. It lies in the eastern Jianghan Plain at the intersection of the middle reaches of the Yangtze and Han rivers. Arising out of the conglomeration of three cities, Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang, Wuhan is known as “Jiusheng Tongqu (the nine provinces’ leading thoroughfare)”; it is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city and connecting to other major cities. Because of its key role in domestic transportation, Wuhan was sometimes referred to as the “Chicago of China” by foreign sources.\
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City flowers: plum blossom
City trees: metasequoia
With a 3,500-year-long history, Wuhan is one of the most ancient and civilized metropolitan cities in China. During the Han dynasty, Hanyang became a fairly busy port. In the winter of 208/9, one of the most famous battles in Chinese history and a central event in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms—the Battle of Red Cliffs—took place in the vicinity of the cliffs near Wuhan. Around that time, walls were built to protect Hanyang (AD 206) and Wuchang (AD 223). The latter event marks the foundation of Wuhan. In AD 223, the Yellow Crane Tower (黄鹤楼) was constructed on the Wuchang side of the Yangtze River. Cui Hao, a celebrated poet of the Tang dynasty, visited the building in the early 8th century; his poem made it the most celebrated building in southern China. The city has long been renowned as a center for the arts (especially poetry) and for intellectual studies. Under the Mongol rulers (Yuan dynasty), Wuchang was promoted to the status of provincial capital; by the dawn of the 18th century, Hankou had become one of China’s top four most important towns of trade.
In the late 19th century, railroads were extended on a north–south axis through the city, making Wuhan an important transshipment point between rail and river traffic. Also during this period foreign powers extracted mercantile concessions, with the riverfront of Hankou being divided up into foreign-controlled merchant districts. These districts contained trading firm offices, warehouses, and docking facilities.
Wuhan is a sub-provincial city. In 2012, the city’s GDP exceeded 800 billion CNY, growing at an annual rate of 11.4 percent. GDP is split almost evenly between the city’s industrial and service sectors. GDP per capita was approximately 64,000 CNY as of 2009. In 2013, the city’s annual average disposable income was 23,738.09 CNY, which is expected to increase by 14 percent over the next year.
Wuhan and France are linked by strong economics partnerships. For example, some French companies (Renault, PSA Group…) are established in Wuhan. It’s the city in China which receives the most French investment.
Wuhan Guide Map
Wuhan is located in the east of the Jianghan Plain and at the junction of the Yangtze River and the Hanshui River. It is made up of Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang, namely the Three Towns of Wuhan that is often mentioned. Seeing this map of the city, you find it boasts many lakes. Among those, Donghu (East Lake) is the largest. Besides, you can see the major attraction sights in downtown, which are written in red, including Hubei Museum, Yellow Crane Tower, Guiyuan Temple, Qingchuan Pavilion, Ancient Lute Platform and the Huguang Pavilion by the East Lake. Also the major hotels, hospitals, universities, railway stations are shown in the map clearly. Leaving for other cities, you may go to Wuchang or Hankou railway station to take a train.