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Wuhan

Wuhan
Administration
Full nameWuhan
Official name武汉市
Native name武汉
Settlement typeSub-provincial city
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceHubei
County-level divisions13
Township divisions153
Settled223 BC
Government
CPC WuhanRuan Chengfa (阮成发)
MayorTang Liangzhi (唐良智)
Geography
Total Area3278.8 sq mi (8494.41 km2)
Demography
Total Population9785392 (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneChina Standard Time (UTC+8)
Postal code430000 430400
Area code+86/27
License plate prefixes鄂A
鄂O (police and authorities)
GDP (2008)CNY 396 billion (13th)
GDP per capitaCNY 44,148 (43rd)

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Wuhan ( -cmnwùxânzh-Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province, People's Republic of China, and is the most populous city in Central China. It lies at the east of the Jianghan Plain, and the intersection of the middle reaches of the Yangtze and Han rivers. Arising out of the conglomeration of three boroughs, Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang, Wuhan is known as "the nine provinces' leading thoroughfare"; it is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city. It is recognized as the political, economic, financial, cultural, educational and transportation center of central China. The city of Wuhan, first termed as such in 1927, has a population of 9,785,392 people (Census 2010), with about 6,177,000 residents in its urban area. In the 1920s, Wuhan was the capital of a leftist Kuomintang (KMT) government led by Wang Jingwei in opposition to Chiang Kai-shek.


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