Hubei, abbreviated to 'E', lies to the north of the Yangtze River and Dongting Lake, covering over 180,000 square kilometers, with a population of 57,300,000. Wuhan City is the capital.
Hubei borders Anhui in the east, Hunan and Jiangxi to the south, Sichuan in the west, and Shaanxi and Henan in the north. Two rivers, the Yangtze and Hanshui meet in Wuhan and thousands of lakes are scattered about, so Hubei enjoys another beautiful name: 'Province of Lakes'.
Lying in the sub-tropic zone, Hubei sees its four seasons changing clearly. The average temperature is 0 degrees Centigrade in winter and 30 C. in summer.
The Chu Culture originated in Hubei, one of the main Chinese cultural schools, arising from the ancient Kingdom of Chu. This traditional culture mixed with modern civilization makes Hubei rich in tourism resources. The famous attractions include Mounts of Wudang and Jiugong , Three Gorges (Shanxia), and Jingzhou City.
Hubei plays an important role in China's transportation. Situated on the Yangtze and Hanshui Rivers, the natural golden waterways, Hubei enjoys the convenience of railways linking Beijingn to Guangzhou, Beijing to Kowloon, Shanghai to Wuhan, Wuhan to Chengdu, and Zhicheng to Liuzhou, and from the airports in Wuhan, Yichang, Sanxia, Xiangfan, Shashi. National and provincial highways also aid in Hubei's economic development.
Hubei is famous for its plentiful products and is called a 'Hometown for Fish and Rice'. Famous agricultural products in Hubei include cotton, rice, wheat, tea, etc. while the industry majors in metallurgy, machinery, power generation, textils, foodstuff and high-tech commodities. AROUND WUHAN
Wuhan is the largest city and the cultral and economic center in Central China. She spreads her direct influence thousands of miles away, while the regions from about 400 KM around Wuhan have formed a special cultural and economic zone centered in Wuhan.
Long in history and similar in customs, this special zone shares the same culture of Chu, formed since the ancient Kingdom of Chu. Numerous natural and artificial attractions and scenic spots are scattered around.
With the same climate but with diversified local products, this zone enjoys great convenience of transportation, which has lead to rapid development of the area.
This zone is rich in mineral resources, and has a strong and comprehensive backbone of agriculture and industry. The new open policy allowed this zone more opportunity in cultureal and economic development.
Major cities around Wuhan:
Huangshi City: about 90 KM away from Wuhan, a city of iron, steel and garments production.
Jing-Sha City: nearly 200 KM away from Wuhan, a combination of previous Jinzhou City and Shashi City, famous for its light industry and tourism.
Xiangfan City: about 280 KM from Wuhan, a large gathering and distributing market in the upper Hanshui River.
Shiyan City: nearly 400 KM away from Wuhan, noted for automobile manufacturing.
Tianmen City: 115 KM away from Wuhan, famous for cotton, textile and traditional printed cloth.
Xinyang City: 220 KM away from Wuhan, famous for tea and tourism.
Yichang City: 280 KM away from Wuhan, the door to Sanxia (Three Gorges), famous for tourism and the first dam (Gezhouba Dam) along Yangtze River.