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The capital of the Hubei province - a modern metropolis with unlimited possibilities, situated in the heart of China. Wuhan is an energetic city, a commercial centre of finance, industrytrade and science with many international companies located here. With scientific, technological and educational institutions such as Laser City and the Wuhan University the city is also an intellectual centre.
Situated at the crossroads of central China, Wuhan is a transportation hub for air, railway as well as ferry traffic. The distance from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou is more or less equal. And the giant
Yangtse River (Chang Jiang), the world's third longest river, and the Han River pass through the city.
 
With a history that dates back more than 3500 years, Wuhan is one of the "Chinese Famous Cities of History and Culture". Here and around East Lake you will find historical sites and beautiful nature. The main landmark inside the city is the Yellow Crane Tower.

Since 1927 Wuhan has comprised of three cities, Hankou, Hanyang, and Wuchang, which are located where the Han and Xunshi rivers join the Yangtze (Chan Jiang).
 
Location
 
Wuhan is situated in the middle of Hubei Province of China, is  in the east of Jianghan Plain, and the intersection of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and Hanshui River. The Yangtze River and Hanshui River divide Wuhan into three parts: Hankou, Hanyang and Wuchang, which are generally known as Wuhan's Three Towns.
 
Wuhan belongs to subtropical humid monsoon climate. There are sufficient rainfall and sunshine as well as four distinct seasons. Climate here is pleasant generally. In recent thirty years, the average annual rainfall is 1269mm, mainly from June to August; annual frost free period lasts 211 to 272 days and annual sunlight duration is 1810 to 2100 hours.
Wuhan occupies a land of 8494.41km2, most of which is plain and decorated with hills and a great number of lakes and pools. Wuhan's climate is a subtropical monsoon one with abundant rainfall and distinctive four seasons. It has a population of 7,811,900 by the end of 2003.
 
Wuhan possesses strong economic and regional advantages. It connects the east with the west, channels the north to the south, and links rivers with seas by means of its developed water, land and air traffic. From Wuhan you may reach some foreign countries such as Japan and ROK. Some of China's metropolises such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, andXi'an are all within a circle around the center of Wuhan with the radius of 1000km. Wuhan is the important strategic supporting point of Central China.
 
Lying at the junction of the Yangtze and Hanshui rivers in central China, Wuhan is an industrial powerhouse and one of China's largest cities. It is now a popular tourist stop-off on a typical Three Gorges tour and although there is not that much to do here, there are several high quality sights amid the city's many lakes and parks.
 

Wuhan was created when the three boroughs of Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang were joined at the hip. Of its many important historical sights are the ancient five-tier Yellow Crane Tower, one of the five most valued towers in China. Views from the top of the tower, which lies atop Snake Hill, are outstanding.


The Guiyuan Buddhist Temple (Temple of Original Purity) is another popular Wuhan attraction and one of the most important Buddhist temples in the country, with its hundreds of Buddha carvings and amazing architecture. On the museum front, Wuhan has the Hubei Provincial Museum, which has a massive collection of artefacts including the famed bronze bells.


Wuhan also does well in the scenery stakes with its many attractive parks and nature areas. East Lake Park is the best known and comes complete with a beach area, great bathing and sailing options, a skating rink, and the lofty Moshan for hiking. Guishan (Tortoise Hill) is another popular outdoor area while the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge provides a fine aspect of the city.


The Han River waterfront is a particularly popular area for tourists with its many bars and pubs and colonial style architecture. The town also has some decent shopping in the Hankou commercial district as well as bustling, pedestrianised Jiangshan road.


Accommodation wise, Wuhan has everything from budget right up to five-star luxury in the city centre. All price categories are catered for although Wuhan is generally cheaper than the other major Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Worth noting is the advisability of getting a hotel in a good part of town as Wuhan is very big and public transport isn’t all that good. Getting near the promenade along the Yangtze River, or in Hankou, or near the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuchang is advised, but wherever you intend on staying, book any rooms in advance as hotels fill up fast. Booking hotels online is your best bet where prices and available can’t be beaten.


Wuhan is best visited in the spring or autumn time as summers are boiling hot and crowded and winters freezing cold. Wuhan is a major transportation hub and getting here is made easy by Tianhe International Airport, which receives flights from all over the country and from a growing number of international destinations. The town is also an important railway centre and has an influx of expressways.

Getting hereWuhan is really in the middle of China with its equidistant from Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangzhou. As one of the traffic hubs of China, the city is easy to reach both from abroad and domestic.

Wuhan possesses strong economic and regional advantages. It connects the east with the west, channels the north to the south, and links rivers with seas by means of its developed water, land and air traffic. From Wuhan you may reach some foreign countries such as Japan and ROK. Some of China's metropolises such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Xi'an are all within a circle around the center of Wuhan with the radius of 1000km. Wuhan is the important strategic supporting point of Central China.


By Air
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport is the biggest in Central China, a modern first-grade airport in the Huangpi District of Wuhan. The distance to the city centre via the new express way is 18 kilometres and takes 20-25 minutes by car. There are several daily flights to Beijing and Shanghai. Every day, there is also a direct scheduled flight between Wuhan and Hongkong. The average of flights is 120 per day.

By rail
In Wuhan the national main north-south railway is crossing the busy Yangtse River and the lines Jing-Guang, Jing-Jiu, Wu-Da and Han-Dan intersect in Wuhan, which means that from here you can reach 25 provincial capitals in China by railway.

By ferry
You can also reach Wuhan by boat - the city has lots of ferry lines that are go on daily trips as well as long distance trips from the city. Every year 5.6 million passengers use this mean of transportation.

By car
There are several major highways that lead to Wuhan and extend in all directions. The national highways 106, 107, 316 and 318 go to nine major cities. These highways are also directly linked up to 15 provincial highways and 39 county and village highways. At present, the daily passing through ability reaches 85 thousand.