Hubei Province Travel Map
Provincial capital: Wuhan
Population: 58 millions
Geological location: Hubei, which lies in the middle Yangtze River valley, derived its name from its location north of the Dongting Lake. It is also known as the "thoroughfare of nine provinces": with the Yangtze River flowing from west to east and the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway running from north to south, Hubei is located right in the middle of the country's main water and land transport artery. It has an area of 185,900 sq km.
Climate: Hubei has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate, with distinct contrast between the eastern plain and the western mountainous area. It has a mean annual temperature of 15°－17°C, and sticky weather in the height of summer. With its absolute maximum temperature exceeding 40°C, Wuhan is one of the hottest places in China. The mean annual precipitation increases from 800 mm in the northwest to 1,500 mm or more in the southeast.
Tourism resources: With 800 years of Chu history present, a huge number of historical relics remain in the province. The Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan is one of the finest pavilions in China. Wudangshan is a sacred Taoist mountain with hundreds of temples and palaces.
Hubei also boasts impressive natural scenery. The Three Gorges is an unmatched stretch of water and mountains and Shennongjia is a virgin forest-covered mountain where China's Yeti are reported to live. Chibi and Jingzhou are spectacular for recalling the history of the Three States. Nowadays, the cities of Wuhan and Yichang are major ports along the Yangtze River.
As the geographic centre of China, Hubei Province is conveniently connected by air, railway, highway and water.
By Air: There are five major civil airports in Hubei: Wuhan, Jingzhou (Shashi), Yichang, Enshi and Xiangfan. The Wuhan Tianhe International airport has flights to more than 60 cities including Hong Kong and Fukuoka, Japan.
By Train: Hubei is a busy railroad province. Beijing-Guangzhou, Xiangfan-Chongqing and Hankou-Danjiangkou lines pass through. Wuhan, the provincial capital, serves as a major junction. It has trains to a dozen major cities.
By Bus: Hubei has built up a complex road network. Major cities are linked by highroad. The province is also well connected with its neighbor provinces of Hunan, Sichuan (Chongqing), Anhui, Jiangxi, Henan and Shaanxi.
By Boat: Yangtze River flows more than 1,000 kilometres through Hubei. Wuhan and Yichang are the two major ports in Hubei with ferries to Chongqing, Nanjing and Shanghai.