Wuhan, dif­fer­ent every day

Wuhan, cap­i­tal of Cen­tral China's Hubei Prov­ince, is a city with over 3,500 years of his­tory; Wuhan is the largest city in Cen­tral China and among the top 10 megac­i­ties na­tion­wide. It has long been an economic, in­dus­trial, and trans­porta­tion hub for both

Changjiang Weekly - - WUHAN -

Lo­cated at the junc­tion of the Yangtze River, the third long­est river in the world, and the Han River, its largest trib­u­tary, Wuhan con­sists of three main ar­eas: Hankou, Hanyang, and Wuchang.

The to­tal area of Wuhan is 8,494 square kilo­me­ters and its res­i­den­tial pop­u­la­tion is over 13 mil­lion.

Wuhan has 166 lakes scat­tered about the city. For this rea­son, it is com­monly called the "City of Lakes." Nu­mer­ous as­pects of this city's rich cul­ture have been shaped by its wa­ter re­sources and other nat­u­ral fea­tures.

Wuhan has a priv­i­leged lo­ca­tion, for it is sit­u­ated at the ge­o­graph­i­cal cen­ter of the coun­try. Be­cause of its lo­ca­tion and lo­gis­tic ca­pa­bil­i­ties, Wuhan is his­tor­i­cally re­ferred to as the "thor­ough­fare to nine prov­inces."

This city is an im­por­tant base for sci­en­tific re­search and ed­u­ca­tion. It has more than 80 uni­ver­si­ties and over one mil­lion univer­sity stu­dents.

In re­cent years, 254 of the world's top 500 in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies have set­tled in Wuhan. There are now di­rect flights to 45 in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions, as well as Tai­wan, Hong Kong, and Ma­cao. The an­nual pas­sen­ger flow in and out of Wuhan al­ready ex­ceeds one mil­lion, the largest pas­sen­ger vol­ume in Cen­tral China.

The United States, the United King­dom, France, and the Re­pub­lic of Ko­rea have es­tab­lished con­sulates here in Wuhan. This city now has 26 sis­ter ci­ties and 82 friendly ex­change ci­ties.

At any given time, Wuhan has at least 15,000 long-term ex­pa­tri­ates tak­ing up res­i­dence, and re­ceives around 200,000 for­eign visi­tors an­nu­ally.

To fur­ther pro­mote the devel­op­ment of do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties and to ac­cel­er­ate the for­ma­tion of new en­gines for China's economic and so­cial devel­op­ment, the State Coun­cil has se­lected eight ar­eas to be in­cluded in a na­tional com­pre­hen­sive in­no­va­tion and re­formpi­lot pro­gram. Wuhan is the only city in Cen­tral China cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate.

Photo by Chen Zhuo

Han Show The­atre at Han Street in Wuhan

Photo by Hu Dong­dong

Wuhan Tianhe In­ter­na­tional Air­port

The Yangtze River and the Han River con­verge in Wuhan.

Xibei Lake

Photo by Hu Jiushi

UN-HABI­TAT ex­perts on Zhong­shan Av­enue

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