Introduction to Wuhan
Wuhan Being the capital city of Hubei Province, Wuhan is an important central city in China and the political, economic, scientific & technological, cultural and financial center in inland China. The third longest river of the world, the Yangtze River, and its longest branch, the Han River, cross here and divide the city into three parts, Hankou, Hanyang and Wuchang. There are 13 administrative districts in the city. It covers an area of 8,467 square kms and has a population of 8.31 million.

Wuhan has been known as the 'Thoroughfare to Nine Provinces'. Since it is about 1,000 kilometers away from Shanghai in the east, Chongqing in the west, Guangzhou in the south and Beijing in the north, the megalopolis is definitely aimed to be the center of China's economic geography.

Having abundant human cultural and tourist resources, Wuhan is also a famous city in Chinese history and culture as well as a city with beautiful scenes of hills, water and parks. The famous Yellow Crane Tower, The Guiyuan Temple, East Lake Scenic Zone are all located in Wuhan. The famous 1911 revolution also took place in Wuhan. Wuhan is also the transit city to the famous Three Gorges.

An introduction to the Tourist Attractions in Wuhan:
Covering an area of about 46,900 square meters (approx. 55,812 square yards), Guiyuan Buddhist Temple is situated in the west section of Hanyang district in Wuhan City. Being one of the four best temples in Wuhan, the temple, which was originally established in 1658 in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), was initially built on the site of Wuzhangpu Kuiyuan in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The word 'Guiyuan' originates from a sutra, meaning to surpass the circumscription of existence and extinguishment, to return to purity and tranquility.

East Lake, the biggest scenery tourist attraction in Wuhan and also the largest lake within a city in China, is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River and in the east suburb of Wuchang. It covers an area of 87 square kilometers (33 square kilometers of water area) that is five times greater than the area of the West Lake in Hangzhou .The East Lake Scenic Area was formed from many famous scenic spots along the bank. The six major ones are Tingtao (Listening to Surging Waves), Mo Hill (Millstone Hill), Luoyan (Diving Wild Goose), Baima (White Horse), Chuidi (Playing Flutes), and Luohong Hills.

Hubei Provincial Museum, located in the Wuchang District of Wuhan, Hubei Province, is the only provincial comprehensive museum in the province. The museum collects, protects, and exhibits the cultural relics discovered in the province. Since 1953, the museum has collected over 200,000 cultural relics, including pottery, porcelains, jade, bronze vessels, ancient weapons, and ancient musical instruments. Among these cultural relics, 812 are listed as first-class relics of China, and 16 are considered national treasures.

Steamed Wuchang Fish is one of the most famous dishes in Wuhan. This fresh water fish, when prepared correctly is soft and rich. The best way to prepare the fish is to steam it together with Chinese ham, mushroom, bamboo shoot, and chicken soup.

Hot-dry noodles are an essential part of the Wuhan diet, eaten by almost everyone daily at breakfast time. Hot-dry noodle are made by cooking the fresh noodles mixed with sesame oil in boiling water,when the noodle has cooked and cooled, it becomes pliable. The noodles are then placed in boiling water again to be reheated and the process is repeated. After seasoning has been added, including spring onion and sauce, the hot-dry noodle is ready to be served.

A bowl of these delicious noodles can cost as little as RMB1. The best place to sample this is in the Cailingji Noodle Store.

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