Wuhan is central China's most vibrant city. Excellent transportation and communication links have earned "Han" the title: "thoroughfare to nine provinces."
Home to 7.3 million people, Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province, and the manufacturing of metals, automobiles, machines and high tech goods are its "four pillars."
The Yangtze and Hanshui Rivers converge at Wuhan, dividing it into three sectors: Hankou, Hanyang and Wuchang. With a 3,500 year history, modern Wuhan has been hotbed of sedition. The first shot of the 1911 Revolution was fired here, and Mao taught Communist theory at the local Central Peasant Movement Institute. Wuhan also features 35 higher education institutes and over 140,000 students.
Wuhan's local attractions include the first bridge over the Yangtze (5,511 feet long), the Yellow Crane Tower, and the Great Circus of China -- led by the legendary Xia Juhua, who traded in her "Pagoda of Bowls" balancing act for a seat in the National People's Congress.
For nearby natural beauty, check out the Yangtze's Three Gorges, as well as crystal clear East Lake with its shoreline pavilions and terraces, and the Wudangshan Mountains -- a seminal Taoist and martial arts center.