November 6, 2019
Wuhan – “The River City”
Located in central China, Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province, serves as the political, economic and cultural center of the province. The Yangtze, the world’s third longest river, and its largest tributary, the Hanshui, meet in Wuhan and cut the city into the three parts of Hankou, Hanyang and Wuchang, otherwise known as the “Three Towns of Wuhan”. It is because of the abundance of rivers in the city, that another name for this metropolis in the Chinese hinterlands is “The River City”.
Home to hundreds of hills and nearly two hundred lakes of various sizes, Wuhan has the most lakes and reservoirs out of any city in China, with water areas covering over a quarter of its territory. The most prominent lake of the city, the Donghu, or “East Lake”, also carries the distinction of being the largest urban lake in the country, spanning an area of 33 square kilometers or almost 13 square miles.
With an area of 8494 square kilometers, or approximately 3280 square miles, and a population of 10.6 million people, Wuhan is composed of 13 districts and three state-level development zones (the Wuhan Economic & Technological Development Zone, the East Lake Hi-tech Development Zone, and the Wujiashan Taiwan-Investment Area).
These prosperous and energetic development zones help to make Wuhan one of China’s most important industrial bases, and generate a thriving economy for its denizens. The total GDP of Wuhan reached CN￥1.48 trillion, or around US$ 224 billion in 2018, making it the most productive city in the Zhongyuan, or Chinese Central Plains.
In addition to being the powerhouse of the heartlands, Wuhan is also an important center for research and education, with its number of colleges, universities, and research institutions ranking third in China after Beijing and Shanghai.
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