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Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province in Central China. Wuhan is situated on Jianghan Plain, a river-crossed fertile land created by the Hanjiang River joining the Yangtze River. Wuhan is a routine port for a Yangtze River cruise. Divided by the Yangtze, the city is known as the ‘Three Towns of Wuhan’ with Hankou and Hanyang on the west bank, and Wuchang on the east.
Wuhan is a city with both an ancient history and a thriving present. Historic relics excavated from ancient tombs tell the city’s long history dating back 3,500 years. In the period of Pre-Qin (770 B.C. – 221 B.C.), it was the land of the State of Chu (one of the seven warring states before Qin, in the country’s first feudal dynasty) and was the cradle of the brilliant Chu Civilization. Starting here, merchants followed the great Yangtze River and lake network to expand businesses throughout the entire country. In the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), Hankou became one of the four best-known towns in the country. For centuries, Wuhan has been the center of trade and transportation in central China. Today it is an important hub in central China and a feature of Yangtze River cruises for sightseers and businessmen traveling from Sichuan to Shanghai or Hong Kong.
At present, Wuhan is not only the place with both history and natural wonders, but she has been the technology, culture and education center in central China. The comprehensive technology research and education strength of Wuhan is ranked third in the country, just following Beijing and Shanghai. There are 30 universities, 736 scientific research institutes and 10 state level labs. The city has a solid education and technology research basis with completed facilities and strong technology supporting capacity. There are 69 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering in Wuhan together with more than 400 thousand professional technicians.
Underground space are developed rapidly in Wuhan, such as Wuhan Yangtze River-crossing Tunnel which is the first tunnel crossing through the Yangtze River, Wuhan Yangtze River Highway and Railway Combined Tunnel with the length of 4.66km which is the first one in the world, Underground Complex in Optical Plaza with a construction area of 560,000 square meters, Wuhan Subway with 11 lines, and so on.
In the new era, Wuhan will continually promote the development of industry and city function, to establish a sustainable economic development model. We will concentrate on the development of telecom, IT, biology engineering, new medicine, integration of the optical, machinery and electricity, new material, laser, software, etc. At the same time, we will transform the existed iron and steel, automobile and machinery industry, and finally change Wuhan into an important high-tech industry base in the country.