Chinese City Fact: Wuhan

Wuhan is the largest city in central China located on the intersection of the Yangtze and Han Rivers. With around 9 millions inhabitants, Wuhan is an important transportation hub with rail lines and a huge amount of river traffic passing through.

In 2009, Wuhan’s importance as a transportation hub was further enhanced with the opening of Wuhan Railway Station. Linking Guangzhou to Wuhan, journey times have been slashed from 10 hours to just three and within the next 5 years it will be possible to travel on to Beijing linking the south and north of China with the fastest railway in the world.

武汉站photo © 2009 choo chin nian | more info (via: Wylio)

Wuhan is also known as an educational centre in China with a number of universities, focusing particularly on science and technology. There are over 350 research institutes and Wuhan is currently ranked 3rd in China for it’s technology and science education.

Yangzephoto © 2005 Harald Groven | more info (via: Wylio)


2 Responses to Chinese City Fact: Wuhan

  1. Athens Qin says:

    It might be interesting to mention that Wuhan has got a very large urban lake – Wuhan East Lake, which endows the city plenty value of ecology and real estate. However a large portion was to be filled according to a new master plan, and ignited public concern on where their city will go. Development versus conservation plays an essential role in this city’s future urbanization.

    • Interesting point – it is one of seemingly many cases where the urbanisation of a city in China has to be balanced against not only the conservation of the natural environment but increasingly conservation of historical buildings and areas. It will be interesting to see how the government balances things out in the years to come.

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