|— Sub-provincial city —|
|Coordinates: 30°35′N 114°17′E|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|- CPC Wuhan||Ruan Chengfa (阮成发)|
|- Mayor||Tang Liangzhi (唐良智)|
|- Total||8,494.41 km² (3,279.7 sq mi)|
|- Density||1,179.6/km² (3,055.1/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Postal code||430000 – 430400|
|- Total||CNY 556.593 billion
USD 82.23 billion (13th)
|- Per capita||CNY 56,898
USD 8,405 (44th)
|License plate prefixes||鄂A
鄂O (police and authorities)
City trees: metasequoia;City flowers: plum blossom
Wuhan (Simplified Chinese: 武汉; Traditional Chinese: 武漢; pinyin: Wǔhàn) is the capital of Hubei province, and is the most populous city in central China. It lies at the east end of Jianghan Plain, and the intersection of the middle reaches of the Yangtze and Han River. Arising out of the conglomeration of three boroughs, Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang, Wuhan city is known as the “thoroughfare of nine provinces.” Wuhan was first opened to foreign trade in 1861, after the Second Opium War, when the British extracted rights to a foreign concession in Hankou. In 1889, the Governor-General, Zhang Zhidong, embarked on a program of industrial modernization and education which laid the groundwork for Wuchan to become a modern industrial city. In October, 1911, the Wuhan Uprising launched the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty and ended imperial rule in China. In 1927, threatened by the Japanese, the Kuomintang moved the central government of the Republic of China to Wuhan. In 1938, the city was taken by the Japanese and became a major logistics center for their operations in southern China. In December 1944, the city was largely destroyed in firebombing raids conducted by the United States 14th Army Air Force. In 1967, civil strife struck the city in the Wuhan Incident, as a result of tension brought on by the Cultural Revolution.
Wuhan is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city. The opening of the First Yangtze River Bridge (Chang Jiang Bridge) in 1957 gave Wuhan speedy rail access to the rest of China. The city of Wuhan, has a population of approximately 9,100,000 people (2006), with about 6,100,000 residents in its metropolitan area, and is now recognized as the political, economic, financial, cultural, educational and transportation center of central China.
Wuhan is situated in the middle of Hubei Province of China, East Longitude 113°41′-115°05′, North Latitude 29°58′-31°22′, at the east of Jianghan Plain, and the confluence of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and Hanshui River.
The metropolitan area comprises three parts - Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang, commonly called the "Three Towns of Wuhan" (hence the name "Wuhan," combining "Wu" from the first city and "Han" from the other two). Wuhan was established by the consolidation of these three cities in 1927. These three parts face each other across the rivers and are linked by bridges, including one of the first modern bridges in China, known as the "First Bridge." Its geological structure is simple: low and flat in the middle and hilly in the south, with the Yangtze and Han rivers winding through the city.
Wuhan occupies an area of 3279.71 sq. mi. (8494.41 sq. km.), most of which is plains, broken by hills and a great number of lakes and ponds. Wuhan has a subtropical monsoon climate with abundant rainfall and four distinct seasons. The climate is generally pleasant. In recent 30 years, the average annual rainfall has been 49.96 in. (1269 mm), mainly from June to August; annual temperature is 60.44°F – 63.5°F (15.8℃-17.5℃), annual frost free period lasts 211 to 272 days and annual sunlight duration is 1810 to 2100 hours.
The area around Wuhan was first settled more than 3,000 years ago. During the Han Dynasty (260 B.C.E. – 220 C.E.) , Hanyang became a fairly busy port. In the third century C.E. one of the most famous battles in Chinese history and a central event in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms—the Battle of Red Cliffs—took place in the vicinity of the cliffs near Wuhan. Around that time, walls were built to protect Hanyang (206 C.E.) and Wuchang (223 C.E.). The building of the walls around Wuchan marks the foundation of Wuhan. In 223 C.E., the Yellow Crane Tower (黄鹤楼) was constructed on the Wuchang side of the Yangtze River. Cui Hao, a celebrated poet of Tang Dynasty, visited the building in the early eighth century; his poem made the Yellow Crane Tower the most celebrated building in southern China. The tower is considered the symbol of Wuhan, and it is estimated that up until the Tongzhi Reign of the Qing dynasty, as many as three hundred poems about the tower had been found in historical literature.
Another poem written by Li Bo.
which roughly translates to:
Wuhan has long been renowned as a center for the arts (especially poetry) and for intellectual studies. Under the Mongol (Yuan Dynasty), Wuchang was promoted to the status of provincial capital. By approximately three hundred years ago, Hankou had become one of the country's top four trading towns.
In the late 1800s railroads were extended on a north-south axis through the city, which then became an important transhipment point between rail and river traffic. At this time foreign powers extracted mercantile concessions, and the riverfront of Hankou was divided up into various foreign-controlled merchant districts containing the offices of trading firms, warehouses, and docking facilities.
In 1911, Sun Yat-sen's followers launched the Wuchang Uprising that led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China. Wuhan was the capital of a leftist Kuomintang government led by Wang Jingwei in opposition to Chiang Kai-shek during the 1920s.
In 1938, Wuhan and its proximities became the site of the Battle of Wuhan, a major conflict in the Second Sino-Japanese War. After being taken by the Japanese in 1938, Wuhan became a major Japanese logistics center for operations in southern China. In December 1944, the city was largely destroyed in firebombing raids conducted by the United States 14th Army Air Force. In 1967, civil strife struck the city in the Wuhan Incident as a result of tension brought on by the Cultural Revolution.
The city has been subject to numerous devastating floods, which are supposed to be controlled by the ambitious Three Gorges Dam, which is set to be completed in 2009.
Opening Hankou as a Trading Port During the Second Opium War (known in the West as the Arrow War, 1856-1860), the Government of Qing Dynasty was compelled to sign Treaties of Tianjin and Convention of Peking, which stipulated eleven cities or regions including Hankou as trading ports. In December 1858, James Bruce (the 8th Earl of Elgin), the leader of the British troops, brought four warships up the Yangtze River to Wuhan to collect the intelligence needed to force the opening of Wuhan as a trading port. In the spring of 1861, Counselor Harry Parkes and Admiral Herbert were sent to Wuhan to open the trading port. Based on the Convention of Peking, Harry Parkes concluded the Hankou Lend-Lease Treaty with Guan Wen, the governor-general of Hunan and Hubei, which made an area of 11.78 square miles (30.53 square kilometers) along the Yangtze River (from Jianghan Road to Hezuo Road today) into a British Concession and permitted Britain to set up their consulate there immediately. In this manner, Hankou finally became an open trading port.
Hubei under Supervision of Zhang Zhidong In the fifteenth year of the Guangxu Period (1889) of the Qing Dynasty, Zhang Zhidong transferred from Guangdong to be the governor-general of Hunan and Hubei, and by 1906, he had supervised Hubei for 17 years. During this period, he elucidated the theory of “Chinese learning as the base, Western learning for application” in great detail. He greatly developed foreign-oriented industry, founding Hanyang Ironworks, Daye Iron Mine, Pingxiang Coal Mine and Hubei Arsenal as well as setting up a spinning office, weaving office, hemp office and filature office. Zhang also initiated educational reform, opening dozens of modern educational institutions, such as Lianghu (Hunan and Hubei) Academy of Classical Learning, Civil General Institute, Military General Institute, Foreign Languages Institute and Lianghu (Hunan and Hubei) General Normal School. He sent a large number of students for to study overseas, which gave a strong impetus to the development of modern education in China. Zhang trained modern soldiers and organized a modern army including a zhen and a xie (both zhen and xie were army units in the Qing Dynasty) in Hubei. All of these activities laid a solid foundation for the modernization of Wuhan.
Wuchang Uprising On October 10th of the third year of Xuantong Period of the Qing Dynasty (1911), an armed uprising broke out in Wuchang. Before the uprising, rebels had conducted a propaganda campaign and founded various revolutionary organizations in Wuhan to mobilize intellectuals and workers to overthrow the Manchu Qing Dynasty. Earlier, in September of 1911, the Qing Government had moved part of the new Hubei army to Sichuan to suppress a people’s uprising there, providing an opportunity for the uprising in Wuhan. On September 14th, Literature Society and gongjinhui, the two greatest revolutionary organizations in Hubei, founded a joint headquarters in Wuchang and began to plan a revolt. On the morning of October 9, a bomb exploded accidentally at the headquarters, and during the ensuing investigation, the proclamation letter, membership roll and official seal of the rebel organizers fell into the hands of Rui Cheng, the governor-general of Hunan and Hubei. He demolished the headquarters in Wuchang that same day, and decided to use the membership lists to raid the homes of the revolutionaries.
At this critical moment, the leaders of the revolutionary organizations contacted each other secretly and decided on an immediate uprising. On the night of October 10, the revolutionaries fired on the engineering barracks of the new army, and then convinced each barracks of the new army to join the uprising. Under the guidance of Wu Zhaolin, Cai Jimin, and other leaders, the revolutionary army seized the official residence of the governor and government offices including Fan, and Nie, in Hubei. Rui Cheng fled in panic to a ship, the Chu-Yu, anchored by the river, and Zhang Biao, the commander of the Qing army, also abandoned the city and fled. On the morning of October 11th, the revolutionary army took the whole city of Wuchang. However, Jiang Yiwu, Sun Wu and other leaders had disappeared, so the revolutionary army recommended Li Yuanhong, the second-in-command of the Qing army, as the commander-in-chief, founded a Hubei Military Government, and proclaimed the abolition of the imperial Qing Dynasty and the founding of Republic of China. An open telegram was published, calling for every province to join the uprising. As the beginning of the Revolution of 1911, which, led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, overthrew the Qing Dynasty, the Wuchang Uprising played a crucial role in stimulating the upsurge of the democratic revolution. Wuhan was credited with being the “the leader in launching the Revolution of 1911” according to Xinhai news agency.
National Government Capital Moved to Wuhan In 1926, as the Northern Expedition expanded north, the center of Great Revolution shifted from the Pearl River basin to the Yangtze River basin. On November 26, the Kuomintang Central Political Committee decided to move its capital to Wuhan. In middle December, most of the KMT central executive commissioners and National Government commissioners arrived in Wuhan, and set up a temporary joint conference which performed the functions of both central party headquarters and National Government. On January 1, 1927, they decided to combine the three towns of Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang into Wuhan City, called “Capital District.” The National Government was located in the Nanyang Building in Hankou, while the central party headquarters and other organizations chose their locations in Hankou or Wuchang. In the earlier period after its move, the National Government approved and implemented a series of policies and resolutions which favored the local population and won their enthusiastic support for the national revolution.
The Sinking of the Zhongshan in Jinkou In early October of 1938, Japanese forces moved upon the outskirts of Wuhan from the east and north. As a result, the Party and government institutions, many businesses and large numbers of people had to withdraw from Wuhan to the west of Hubei and Sichuan. The KMT navy undertook the responsibility of patrolling to defend the Yangtze River and cover the withdrawal. On October 24th, while keeping watch over the waters of the Yangtze River near Jinkou (Jiangxia District in Wuhan) in Wuchang, the famous KMT navy warship, the Zhongshan, was attacked by six Japanese planes. The planes took turns diving to strafe and bomb the Zhongshan. Though the officers and soldiers under the command of Captain Sha Shijun shot down two hostile planes, the Zhongshan warship was so damaged that it eventually sank, and 25 officers and soldiers lost their lives. Originally named Yongfeng, the Zhongshan, 62.1 meters long and 8.9 meters wide, with a tonnage of 836 tons and a speed of 13.5 sea miles/h., was a gunboat ordered from the Japanese Mitsubishi Shipyard in 1910 by the Qing Government. In 1913, the Yongfen, with 138 seamen, was incorporated in the first armada of Chinese navy, which then took part under the guidance of Cheng Biguang in the movement launched by Sun Yat-sen in July 1917 to defend the constitution. In June of 1922, Sun Yat-sen stayed on the Yongfeng warship for over 50 days, while commanding the suppression of a rebellion mounted by Chen Jiongming. To commemorate Sun Yat-sen, the Yongfeng was renamed Zhongshan on April 13, 1625. In 1926, the Zhongsan was used by Jiang Jieshi to repel the Communists. Because of the Zhongshan’s significant historical value, the cultural relic department of Hubei province endeavored for years to salvage it and finally succeeded in 1996, building a Zhongshan exhibition hall in Jinkou after it was repaired.
Completion and Opening of the First Yangtze River Bridge The building of the First Yangtze River Bridge (Chang Jiang Bridge) was regarded as one of the key projects of the first Five-Year Plan. The Engineering Bureau of the First Yangtze River Bridge, set up by the Ministry of Railways in April, 1953, was responsible for the design and construction of the bridge. The document “Resolutions on Building the First Yangtze River Bridge” was passed in the 203rd conference of State Council on January 15, 1954. A technical conference on possible sites for the bridge was held in Hankou on January 15, 1955, and determined that the best choice was the route from Tortoise Hill to Snake Hill. By October 25, 1955, the bridge proper was under construction. By the same day in 1957, the whole project was completed and an opening ceremony was held on October 15. The whole bridge was 5479 ft (1670m) long; the superstratum was a highway with a width of 73.8 ft (22.5m) and the substratum was a double-line railway with a width of 59 ft (18m). The bridge proper was 3793 ft (1156m), long with two pairs of eight piers and nine arches with a space of 420 ft (128m) between each arch. The First Yangtze River Bridge made the Beijing-Wuhan and Guangdong-Wuhan railways possible, and any place in China could now be reached by rail from Wuchang, Hankou or Hanyang. Wuhan was a thoroughfare to nine provinces not only in name but in reality.
Before the Chang Jiang Bridge was built over the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) in 1957, carrying the railroad directly across the river between Snake Hill (on the left in the picture below) and Turtle Hill, it could take an entire day to ferry railcars across on barges. The bridge, which accommodates a double-track railway on a lower deck and a four lane roadway above, was built with the assistance of advisers form the Soviet Union, it is therefore an incongruous piece of Stalinist architecture in the middle of China.
The second bridge, a cable-stayed bridge, built of pre-stressed concrete, has a central span of 1312 ft (400 m). The Wuhan Second Changjiang Bridge is 15,347 ft (4,678 m) in length, including 6158 ft (1,877 m) of the main bridge, and 87 – 100 ft (26.5 - 33.5 m) in width. Its main bridgeheads are each 95 ft (90 m) high, pulling 392 thick slanting cables together in the shape of double fans, so that the central span of the bridge is well poised on the piers and the bridge's stability and vibration resistance are ensured. With six lanes on the deck, the bridge is designed to handle 50,000 motor vehicles passing every day. The bridge was completed in 1995
The third bridge
The Third Wuhan Changjiang Bridge was completed in September, 2000. Located 5.3 miles (8.6 kilometers) southwest of the First Bridge, construction of Baishazhou Bridge started in 1997. With an investment of over 1.4 billion yuan (about 170 million U.S. dollars), the bridge, which is 11,765 ft (3,586 m) long and 87 ft (26.5 m) wide, has six lanes and a capacity of 50,000 vehicles per day. The bridge is expected to serve as a major passage for the future Wuhan Ring Road, enormously easing the city's traffic and aiding local economic development.
The city proper in Wuhan is served by two railway stations located in the boroughs of Hankou and Wuchang. As a result, the railway system in China actually does not have a unique designation for the name "Wuhan," and trains heading to Wuhan are marked with the respective borough's station name, not the city's. In 2006, construction began on a new Wuhan Railway Station with eleven platforms.
In September, 2004, Wuhan became the sixth Chinese city with a subway system (after Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen). The first 6.3 mile (10.2 km) line, with ten stations, is an elevated rail (and therefore called 'light rail' in Chinese terminology). It runs from Huangpu to Zongguan in the downtown area of the Hankou District, and it is the first one in the country to use a communication-based train control system (a Moving Block signalling system, provided by Alcatel). The designed minimum interval is only 90 seconds between two trains and it features driverless operation.
Opened in April of 1995, Wuhan Tianhe International Airport is one of the busiest airport in central China and it is located 15.5 miles (26km) north of Wuhan. It has also been selected as China's fourth international hub airport after Beijing Capital International, Shanghai-Pudong and Guangzhou Baiyun.
Wuhan is a sub-provincial city. As of 2006, its GDP was RMB 259 billion and GDP per capita was approximately RMB 30,200 (US$3,790). In 2006, the city's average disposable income was 12,355 yuan.
Wuhan has a solid economic foundation. It is an important functional center for economy, trade, finance, transportation, information and technology, and education in Central China. Its major sectors include modern manufacturing industries with optic electronic, information, and automobile manufacture as the key components; steel manufacturing, a new pharmaceutical sector; biology engineering; new material industry; and environmental protection. Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) Co. and Dongfeng-Citroen Automobile Co., Ltd have settled in this city.
Wuhan is the scientific and educational center of Central China. There are thirty-five higher educational institutions including the well-known Wuhan University, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, three state-level development zones and many enterprise incubators. Huazhong University of Science and Technology covers all the fields of science and technology and employs the best scientists and researchers in these fields. Wuhan has formed a comprehensive scientific and educational strength ranking third in China, with three national development zones and four scientific and technologic development parks, as well as numerous enterprise incubators, over 350 research institutes, 1470 high-tech enterprises, and over 400,000 experts and technicians. There are eight national colleges and universities, and fourteen public colleges and universities in Wuhan.
Wuhan natives speak a dialect of Southwestern Mandarin Chinese. Because it also has a blend of southern Chinese elements, the Wuhan dialect was once promoted as the ideal basis for a standard Chinese dialect. Standard Chinese, however, is now based on the Beijing dialect.
Because of its hot summer weather, Wuhan is known as one of the Four Furnaces of China, along with Nanjing, Nanchang and Chongqing. Wuhan is by far the hottest of the Four Furnaces; the average temperature in July is 37.2°C (99°F), and the maximum often exceeds 40°C (104°F).
The Lute Platform in Hanyang was where the legendary musician Yu Boya is said to have played. Yu Boya played for the last time over the grave of his friend Zhong Ziqi, then smashed his lute because the only person able to appreciate his music was dead.
In 2005, Wuhan Football Club won the Cup of CSL (China Super League) which was the first championship that Wuhan FC had ever won since the start of Chinese professional football league in 1994.
In May, 2006, top Chinese soccer team Wuhan Huanghelou announced that they had formed a lucrative deal with top English team Bolton Wanderers which would include an exchange of both coaching and commercial methods.
All links retrieved August 1, 2013.
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