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.
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The first tower over China mountains and rivers
Yellow Crane Tower is the symbol of Wuhan. It is located on the Snake Hill in Wuchang, at the south bank of Yangtze River; it is called one of the three most famous towers in southern China, together with Yueyang Tower in Hunan Province and Tengwang Tower in Jiangxi Province.
The East Lake
One of the first state scenic spots, lies in the east of Wuhan, The lake proper covers an area of 33 square Km, and the largest lake of a city throughout China. In 1999, it was granted by the State as national Civilized Scenic Spot Model Site.
The No. One Castle in ancient Chu state land
Moshan Hill located in the East Lake scenic spot, it is surrounded by the lake from the East, the West and the North. From East to West, it is 2,200 meter long; from North to South, about 500 meter broad.
Moshan Hill has six peaks, with Chu culture as its subject, such as Chu Bazaar, Chu Heaven Platform, Chu Talents Park, are full of antique flavor and classic beauty of Chu culture.
Hubei Provincial Museum
Lying close to the East Lake, Hubei Provincial Museum is the center for collecting, storing,displaying, researching, and exhibiting historical and cultural relics. The museum boasts of about 200,000 historical relics, including the world-renowned precious objects, like the excavated chime bells of Zeng Houyi, the bronze sword of Gou Jian, King of Yue State, etc. The Chime Bell Hall, built and opened in 1999, has become a bright window to show the Chinese mysterious and splendid civilization to the people around the world. Buried for nearly 2,400 years, the chimes can still play beautiful music, whether Chinese or foreign, ancient or modern, so that it is called the Eighth World Miracle.
Also named Qingchuan Tower, it is located at the Northern bank of Yangtze River, facing the famous Yellow Crane Tower across the river. The ancient Qingchuan Pavilion was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), for the memory of the great hero Yu, who dredged floods of the rivers. It was named after a sentence from the famous poem written by Cui Hao, a poet in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), i.e. “By sun-lit river trees can be counted one by one, on Parrot Islet sweet green grass grows fast and thick.?At the foot of the Tortoise Hill and beside the Yangtze River, the pavilion, with a unique landscape, is termed as “the first Qingchuan Tower in Chu State?