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Hubei Travel Guide

Location: Hubei Province lies in the middle reach of the Yangtze River and to the north of Dongting Lake.

History: Earlier known as Chu, Hubei was the seat of power of the Zhou Dynasty. During 475 to 221 BC, Chu was involved in many battles with the neighboring state of Qin, now Shaanxi Province.
Chu gradually lost most of its territories to the Qin. The Qin were then deafeated by the Han, who established their capital in erstwhile Jingzhou, now the area occupied by Hubei and Hunan. Through the years, Hubei was occupied by successive dynasties.
The Song Dynasty renamed the Province to Jinghubei in 982. In 1339, the Mongols overran Hubei and united it with Hunan, Guangdong and Guangxi and called it Huguang. In 1644, the Manchu Qing dynasty split Huguang into Hubei and Hunan.
In 1911, after the Wuchuang Revolution, the People's Republic of China was established. In 1927, Wuhan was the seat of power of the Kuomintang.

Transportation: Train, Long-distance Bus, Air, Boat
Train-The Hankou railway station is located in the north of the city and Wuchang railway station in the south part.
Long-distance Bus-Transportation to Wuhan by bus is fairly convenient. New expressways have been constructed in the last few years and destinations as far away as Beijing and Shanghai can be reached on an overnight trip.
Hankou's long distance bus station can be found on Jiefang Dadao In Wuchang the station is on Wuluo Lu, northeast of the railway station.
Air-Wuhan Tianhe International Airport is one of the biggest airports in central China.  It is located 26 km northwest of Wuhan city. Transportation to and from the airport to the city is very convenient provided you know what destination you are headed for.
Boat-Wuhan is situated along the edge of the Changjiang (Yangtze, 长江) River. Ferries are available to Shanghai, Chongqing and other riverside cities. There are 18 ferry routes in the city, of which there are three fast line routes. There is also a sightseeing tour on the Yangtze river.


Dining: Steamed Blunt-Snout Bream, Dried Sheets of Bean Curd, Boiled Dumpling

Nightlife: It is said that Beijing has the most bars China, Shanghai has the most graceful bars, and Wuhan in Hubei has the most unique bars in China. After work, people invite friends to all sorts of bars and pubs throughout the city to spend their evening leisure time.

Weather: Hubei has a typical sub-tropical type of climate. Mean annual temperatures are between 1℃ to 17℃. July is the warmest month, temperatures average between 27℃ to 30℃. January is the coldest month, averaging between 1℃ to 5℃. Hunan has intense monsoons and the annual precipitation is between 800-1600 mm.

Attractions: Shennongjia National Nature Reserve
Shennongjia National Nature Reserve-Shennongjia National Nature Reserve was establilshed in 1982 with a total area of 70,457 hectares. The Reserve encompasses three vertical vegetation zones namely subtropical, warm temperate and cold temperate; hence, it is an ideal place for ecological research on biodiversity, typicality and natural transition of vegetation. Shennongjia National Nature Reserve was accepted by the International Man and Biosphere Reserve Network of UNESCO in 1990.

Yellow Crane Tower-The Yellow Crane Tower has a very long and complicated history. Enjoying the fame of “The First Scenery under Heaven” , it is one of the most renowned towers south of the Yangtze River. Its cultural significance led to its being made the symbol of Wuhan City.

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