With only 29 days until I leave for Wuhan, China I thought it would be appropriate to tell you a little bit about where I will be living. I’m going to just quote from Wikipedia since I don’t have any first-hand knowledge of the city yet.
Wuhan (simplified Chinese: 武汉;pinyin: Wǔhàn[wùxân] ( listen)) is the capital of Hubei province, People’s Republic of China, and is the most populous city in Central China. Wuhan was sometimes referred to as the “Chicago of China” with a population of around 10 million people, and is a center of political, economic, financial, cultural, educational and transportation in Central China.
Wuhan is commonly called the “Three Towns of Wuhan” because it is made up of three smaller cities Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang from which the name Wu and Han are taken. Wuhan’s climate is humid subtropical with abundant rainfall and four distinctive seasons. Wuhan is known for its oppressively humid summers and is called one of the Three Furnaces of China, which should prove interesting when I’m there next month. Average temperatures range from 38 degrees in January to 83 degrees in July, and it occasionally snows in winter which makes me wonder if I should bring my snow boots since I will be walking or taking public transportation to travel.
Tourist attractions include the Hubei Provincial Museum With over 200,000 valued artifacts, one of the leading museums in China, Jiqing Street(吉庆街) which has a lot of roadside restaurants and street performers in the evenings, luxury riverboat tours, and the Yellow Crane Tower (Huanghelou), which has enjoyed the reputation of “the first tower under heaven” in China for centuries, is presumed to have been first built in approximately 220 AD.
Wuhan is an important center for economy, trade, finance, transportation, information technology, and education in China. Its major industries includes optic-electronic, automobile manufacturing, steel manufacturing, new pharmaceutical sector, biology engineering, new materials industry and environmental protection. Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) Co. and Dongfeng-Citroen Automobile Co., Ltd headquartered in the city.
Wuhan is one of the three scientific and educational centers of China, along with Beijing and Shanghai. It has the largest number of enrolled college students in the world in 2011. Wuhan ranks 3rd in China in scientific and educational strength and contains eight national colleges and universities among its 36 colleges and universities. I will be teaching at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law as an English teacher and I can’t wait!