The Hanjiang, a large river, joins China's great Yangtze in Hubei Province creating a river-crossed
fertile land known as Jianghan Plain. Situated on the Plain, Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province, is the biggest hub
city in Central China. Divided by the Yangtze, Wuhan has come to be known as the Three Towns of Wuhan with Hankou and Hanyang
on the west bank, and Wuchang on the east.
Wuhan is a city with both an ancient history and a thriving present. Historic relics excavated
from ancient tombs tell the city's long history dating back 3,500 years. In the period of Pre-Qin (770 B.C. - 221 B.C.), this
was the land of the State of Chu (one of the seven warring states before Qin, in China's first feudal dynasty) and was the
cradle of the brilliant Chu Civilization. Starting here, merchants followed the great Yangtze River and lake network to expand
businesses throughout the entire country.