Living in Wuhan
The largest city of Hubei Province
Who's Wuhan for?
Wuhan has a long history and has many hidden treasures dotted about the city. From ancient temples to museums; from trendy walking streets to bohemian coffee bars and cat cafes; from public parks to historic landmarks; Wuhan truly caters for every taste.
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The Sights of Wuhan
Yellow Crane Tower
Yellow Crane Tower is arguably the most popular tourist attraction in Wuhan, and a sacred site of Taoism. The original tower dates back to 223AD. Visitors can see wonderful views of the Yangtze and Han Rivers, and also see daily performances of local music and dance.
The largest urban lake in China, East Lake is arguably the most scenic area in Wuhan. It is a popular picnic, bike riding, hiking and swimming destination. The Wuhan Botanical Garden is located on the lake, where visitors can see a collection of more than 4000 different species of flora.
Hubei Provincial Museum
A great place to start to learn more about Wuhan’s fascinating history, the massive Hubei Provincial Museum exhibits ancient Chinese artifacts excavated from throughout Hubei Province. The Hubei Art Gallery, promoting local art and design, is just across the street.
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To try and summarize Wuhan’s 3,500 year history into a few key moments is a difficult task; however, Wuhan’s development into the metropolis it is today can be detailed by key events starting in the 1800s.
1856 – During the Second Opium War, the government of the Qing dynasty is defeated by western powers. This leads to the signing of the Treaties of Tianjin and the Convention of Peking, which stipulates Hankou as a major trading port.
1889 – Zhang Zhidong, the Viceroy of Huguang, sets up many industries and educational organizations, laying a solid foundation in the modernization of Wuhan.
1911 – The Wuchang Uprising event of October 1911 originates in Wuhan and overthrows the Qing dynasty, leading to the abdication of the last emperor and the formation of a united provisional government in the spring of 1912.
1927 – Wuhan becomes the location of the national government, which effectively leads to the combination of Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang into the city of Wuhan.
1938 – Japanese troops move east and north in the outskirts of Wuhan, and the city becomes a military headquarters. As a result, large amounts of the population leave the city.
1944 – Wuhan faces major bombing which destroys much of the city and devastates the local population.
1970 – Wuhan begins to develop at a dramatic pace, rapidly expanding its central business district.
1981 – The most current structure of Yellow Crane Tower is unveiled, the twelfth incarnation of the pagoda.
2011 – Wuhan Metro comes into operation, the fifth city in China to open a subway system.
2019 – Wuhan is officially ranked as a New Tier 1 Chinese city by the government.
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