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Hubei Province is located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and to the north of the Dongting Lake. With Wuhan as the capital city, Hubei covers an area of over 180,000 square kilometers.
As the birthplace of the Chinese forefather “Empire Shengnong” and the cradle of Chu Culture ,Hubei was one of the important places of the Three Kingdoms Culture  and the starting place of Xinhai Revolution (1911). Hubei enjoys the beauty of the   magnificent Three Gorges and the reputation of  “Green Treasure House” of Shennongjia Forest Region with many rare animals and plants. The mysterious and exquisite  group of ancient buildings on the Wudang Mountain and the tomb of Empire Xian are listed among the world heritages. 
Hubei, known as “the province with a thousand lakes” and “the land of fish and rice”, is one of the major areas in China to produce rice, cotton, oil, and fish. It is also well-known as “a thoroughfare of 9 provinces” for its networks of transportation by air, water, highway and railway. With its solid industrial foundations, Hubei has a system of modern industry. Hubei is among the top group with a large number of universities, colleges, research institutes and national key laboratories, making itself the second largest dens region of intelligence and the third biggest center of education in China. 

Wuhan is the capital city of Hubei province. The Yangtze River and its largest branch the Hanshui divide Wuhan into three parts, namely Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang.The temperature can reach 40 centigrade in summer, and the hot weather lingers for two months. 
Like many famous cities have their special food, Wuhan also has a lotfamous Wuhan snacks include Laotongcheng’s sanxian doupi, Cailinji’s reganmian, Xiaotaoyuan’s soup, Sijimei’s baozi, Wufangzhai’s tangyuan and Xierongde’s mianwo.
Wuhan also has many places of historic interest. On top of Snake Mountain in Wuchang on the south bank, rises the Yello Crane Tower (Huanghelou). Many poets wrote some poems about this Tower. The tower is one of the top three ancient towers of southern China.
Wuhan boasts many natural and social advantages, it sits on the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, by the Yangtze and Hanshui rivers, and consists of three thriving towns.
Mount Wudang
MountWudanginDanjiangCityin northwestern Hubei provinceis a sacred mountain to Taoists. It covers an area of 400 kilometers. Here the mountain peaks are high, forest thick and scenery graceful. The main peak, theHeavenlyPillarPeak, rises 1,612 meters above sea level. Caves, springs, grotesque rocks and streams are beautifully inlaid in the tranquil valleys and among precipitous peaks.
The most distinguishing feature ofMountWudangis the large Taoist architectural complex. Making full use of the terrain featuring towering mountains and deep valleys, more than 20,000 rooms were built in spots where they most harmoniously blended with the nearby woods, rocks and streams so that the man-built structures and natural elements complimented each other. The Gold Hall, built in 1416 on the top of theHeavenlyPillarPeak, is the largest copper structure existing in the country. The walls were cast separately, but precisely and well knit. All the statues of god and sacrificial vessels are made of copper. Although 500 years have past, they still glitter as before.
MountWudangbecame part of the world cultural heritage list in 1994.
Shennongjia Scenic Area
The Shennongjia district in remote northwestern Hubei has the wildest scenery in the province. With heavily forested mountains of fir, pine and hemlock -including something rare in China, old-growth stands -the area is known as a treasure trove of more than 1300 species of medicinal plants. Indeed, the name for the area roughly translates as “ Shennong’s Ladder” to commemorate a legendary emperor, Shennong, believed to be the founder of herbal medicine and agriculture. 
As part of a more modern legend, Shennongjia is also famous for the sightings of wild, ape-like creatures - a Chinese equivalent of the Himalayan Yeti or the North American Bigfoot. The stories are interesting, but the creatures seem to be able to distinguish between peasants and scientists -molesting the former and evading the latter. Nevertheless, there is a small base station set up in the reserve with displays of ‘evidence’ of sightings. More real, but just as elusive perhaps, are species of leopard, bear, wild boar and monkey (including the endangered Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey) that reportedly inhabit the area.   
Foreigners are only allowed into the area of the Shennongjia district near the town of Muyuping, 200km northwest of Yichang. There are two high peaks in the area, Shennongjiashan at 3105m and Laojunshan at 2936m. It’s a 10-hour bus ride to Muyuping from Yichang.