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About Wuhan

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Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, is the largest city in Central China, with a
population of over 7 million and an area of 8,467 square kilometers. It lies at the
confluence of the Yangtze and Han rivers and is comprised of three towns--Wuchang,
Hankou, and Hanyang--that face each other across the rivers and are linked by two
bridges. A major junction of traffic and communication, it is the center of economy,
culture and politics in Central China and is proud of metallurgy, automobiles,
machinery and high-tech industries. A core of national air, water and land
transportation it offers great potential for further development and foreign investment.

Wuhan is rich in culture and history. Its civilization began about 3,500 years ago, and
is of great importance in Chinese culture, military, economy and politics. It shares the
same culture of Chu, formed since the ancient Kingdom of Chu more than 2,000
years ago. Numerous natural and artificial attractions and scenic spots are scattered
around. Famous scenic spots in Wuhan include Yellow Crane Tower, Guiyuan
Temple, East Lake, and Hubei Provincial Museum with the famous chimes playing
the music of different styles.

Climate

Wuhan has a subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. In November,
the temperature varies from 7.2 to 16.4oC.

Time Zone

Wuhan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Clocks are not adjusted for
daylight saving.

Languages

The national language is Putonghua or Mandarin, which is one of the five working
languages at the United Nations. Most of the 55 minority nationalities have their own
languages.

Nationalities

China is made up of 56 ethnic groups. The Han people make up 91.02 percent of the
total population, and the other 55 national minorities 8.98 percent. They are
Mongolian, Hui, Tibetan, Uygur, Miao, Yi, Zhuang, Bouyi, Korean, Manchu, Dong, Yao,
Bai, Tujia, Hani, Kazak, Dai, Li, Lisu, Wa, She, Gaoshan, Lahu, Shui, Dongxiang, Naxi,
Jingpo, Kirgiz, Tu, Daur, Mulam, Qiang, Blang, Salar, Maonan, Gelo, Xibe, Achang,
Pumi, Tajik, Nu, Ozbek, Russian, Ewenki, Benglong, Bonan, Yugur, Jing, Tatar, Drung,
Oroqen, Hezhen, Moinba, Lhoba and Gelo. All nationalities enjoy equal status
according to the Constitution. The State protects their lawful rights and interests and
promotes equality, unity and mutual help among all nationalities.

Transportation

As one of the most important economic and business hubs in central China, Wuhan
is one of the few transportation hubs in China with a reasonably efficient
transportation system.

By Air
There are more than 150 domestic and international lines connecting Wuhan with
over sixty metropolises inside China and abroad. Currently Wuhan has five direct
international lines to Osaka, Fukuoka, Seoul, Bangkok, and Singapore. Another line
sponsored by China Southern Airlines is from Wuhan to Guangzhou and on to Paris.

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport is the biggest airport in central China, located
26km northwest of Wuhan. Transport to and from the airport to the city are convenient.
Airport coaches go between the Hankou bus terminal and the airport. The journey
takes approximately 23 minutes (RMB15). There are daily flights linking Wuhan and
numerous other destinations in China. A taxi ride to the city area is between 80 to 120
Yuan.
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