Wuhan on The Yangtze River in Hubei, China. Enjoying the City and It's Three Districts.
The City of Wuhan
Centrally located in The People's Republic of China the city of Wuhan is capital city of Hubei province. Wuhan is not a glamorous city by any means. Home to well over four million people, Wuhan is a crowded and sprawling city that is littered with highrise apartment buildings, relentlessly heavy traffic and and a never ending cycle of construction projects. The city is also a major manufacturing center and is rich with history.
The Divisions of Wuhan.
Wuhan was built straddling the Yangtze river with the city divided into three major districts; Wuchang, Han Kou and Han Yang. The district of Wuchang lies south of the Yangtze river. Wuchang is the largest of the three major districts and is home to most of the colleges and universities of Wuhan. Han Kou, which is north of the Yangtze river, is widely considered to be the business center of Wuhan. There is no real “down town” area in Wuhan but if there were it would likely be found in Han Kou. North of the Yangtze river and to the west is Han Yang which is largely considered the manufacturing center of Wuhan.
Manufacturing in Wuhan.
Wuhan is home to Dongfeng Moter Corperation. Dongfeng is one of the three largest car manufacturing corperations in China. The company is a massive state owned corporation that is the parent company to dozens of subsidiaries and joint venture operations. Dongfeng has joint ventures with Honda, Nissan, Kia, Peugeot, Citroen, Volvo and many others. Due to Dongfeng's presence in Wuhan many other manufacturing companies have developed here. Many of these companies provide services to the auto manufacture such as producing vehicle interior and upholstery. Others feed off the the car manufactures by providing recycling services for waste and scrap metals.
1911 Wuchang Uprising Museum
Historical Importance of Wuhan.
Wuhan's most well known tourist attraction is the Yellow Crane tower which stands on top of Snake Hill on the southern bank of the Yangtze river. The tower was first built in 223 A.D. And rebuilt in in 1981. The Yellow Crane Tower was visited by famous poets and inspired them to write poems about it.
Not far from the site of the Yellow Crane tower is the 1911 Wuchang Uprising Museum. The museum was opened in 2011 celebrating the 100 year anaversery of the 1911 Wuchang Uprising. The rooms within the museum are designed to tell the story of the events leading up to the uprising on October 10, 1911 and the events that followed this uprising. The uprising in Wuchang is credited as the turning point in the revolution against the Qing Dynasty. These events led to the founding of the Republic of China on January 1, 1912. Though he was not directly involved in the uprising much of the museum is dedicated to the life and political rise of Sun Yat-Sen who was elected the provisional president of the Republic of China.
The 1911 Wuchang Uprising Museum is a fascinating look into the history of China. It's one flaw is that the English signs which tell the story of the uprising at each exhibit are written in very poor English.
Local Snack of Wuhan
In most of China it is common to eat noodles for breakfast. In Wuhan there is a very inexpensive breakfast food called Re gan mian or Hot Dry Noodles. Re gan mian is made with noodles, sesame paste, broth and a spicy sauce. The result is a mixture that seems strange at best to westerners. Re gan mian however quickly becomes a favorite snack for most of the foreigners living in Wuhan. One bowl of re gan mian cost three RMB which is roughly 48 cents in American currency.
Entertainment in Wuhan
There are many clubs and bars in Wuhan that cater to foreigners. Among these are Queens Bar, Soho, Vox and Folk Hand Prison Bar. Most of these are located in the Guang Gu area. The most famous of these is likely to be Vox. Club Vox is a typical atmosphere for a Chinese club. The music which is mostly westernish dance pop is loud and the club itself is generally packed. The beers are also overpriced in every club in Wuhan.
The Folk Hand Prison Bar is around the corner from Vox in a short alley. This is a more laid back environment. The music here is more of an eclectic blend. A Chinese man named Wu Wei is part owner of Prison and can often be found there helping to run the business. Wu Wei is a well known musician in the Chinese Punk Rock scene. He is a laid back and friendly individual who has worked for years helping to promote punk rock music in China.
Outside of Vox and Prison the sidewalk of the street is lined with tents, tables and plastic chairs. There are many street venders here grilling Chinese bar-b-que, frying dumplings and providing a variety of Chinese night snacks to the club patrons on their way into and out of the clubs.
Many people in Wuhan enjoy singing in KTVs. There is no true equivalent of KTV in America. KTV is the Chinese version of karaoke. The KTV clubs offer private rooms to parties who wish to sing karaoke. The music you can choose from is mostly Chinese. If you are looking for music from western countries you can't be too picky. Most of the Chinese people singing KTV pick songs by Backstreet Boys, West Life and Lady Gaga. While you may not find exactly what you'd like you will find that every KTV does have some songs in English.
The Value of Wuhan
Wuhan would not be a popular choice for a vacation. It isn't anything like Beijing, Shang Hai or San Ya or any other city that is a major tourist destination. Foreigners who visit Wuhan tend to fall into one of three categories. Some are people who came to China to study Chinese. Some are people who came to China in order to work. The rest are people who are simply stopping in Wuhan on the way to somewhere else. Though Wuhan is not one of these touristy areas it can be described as a transportation hub due to being centrally located in the country.
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