Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Central China's Hubei province, is a commercial center divided by the Yangtze and Han rivers. It is the largest city in Hubei and the most populous city in Central China, with a population of over 11 million, the ninth most populous Chinese city, and one of the nine National Central Cities of China.
With over 3500 years of history, Wuhan has enough cultural relics to keep even the most steadfast tourists busy. As well as being a historical inland trading port and a colonial British settlement, Wuhan was also the location of the Wuchang Uprising which led to the overhaul of the Qing Dynasty. The city has long been celebrated for its contribution to the arts and is the proud home of the Yellow Crane Tower; a building that inspired the work of the renowned Tang Dynasty poet, Cui Hao.
Wuhan today is considered the political, economic, financial, commercial, cultural and educational center of Central China. It is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads, and expressways passing through the city and connecting to other major cities. Because of its key role in domestic transportation, Wuhan is sometimes referred to as "the Chicago of China" by foreign sources.
While Wuhan has been a traditional manufacturing hub for decades, it is also one of the areas promoting modern industrial changes in China. Wuhan consists of three national development zones, four scientific and technological development parks, over 350 research institutes, 1,656 hi-tech enterprises, numerous enterprise incubators, and investments from 230 Fortune Global 500 firms.