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Cultural Wuhan – Poetry, Punk and Spicy Duck Neck

Wuhan is actually three cities, melded into one. The city gets its name from the first characters of each = Wu(chang) + Han(kou) & (Han)yang, and has been continuously inhabited for over 3,500 years with a long legacy of poetry and intellectual output. It’s a major hub in central China, and the capital of Hubei province, sprawling over the confluence of two major rivers, hundreds of lakes, and many railways. In the 19th century, European colonising powers carved out concessions to gain access to this important trade city, controlling parts of the riverfront to extract profits after the opium wars. The area industrialised around that time, becoming a centre for steel, iron, and coal production that still power the area’s economy to this day. In 1911, Sun Yat Sen led the Wuchang uprising from Wuhan to overthrow the emperor, leading to the collapse of China’s imperial system, so in many ways, Wuhan is the home of modern China.

Sunset in Wuhan, Photo by China Residencies