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HUBEI (Chinese : 湖北) is a province of the People\'s Republic of China
China
, located in the Central China region. The name of the province means "north of the lake", referring to its position north of Dongting Lake . The provincial capital is Wuhan
Wuhan
, a major transportation thoroughfare and the political, cultural, and economic hub of Central China.

Hubei
Hubei
is officially abbreviated to "鄂" (_È_), an ancient name associated with the eastern part of the province since the Qin dynasty , while a popular name for Hubei
Hubei
is "楚" (_Chǔ_), after the powerful State of Chu
State of Chu
that existed here during the Eastern Zhou dynasty . It borders Henan to the north, Anhui
Anhui
to the east, Jiangxi
Jiangxi
to the southeast, Hunan
Hunan
to the south, Chongqing
Chongqing
to the west, and Shaanxi
Shaanxi
to the northwest. The high-profile Three Gorges Dam is located at Yichang , in the west of the province.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Geography * 3 Administrative divisions * 4 Politics

* 5 Economy

* 5.1 Economic and Technological Development Zones

* 6 Demographics

* 6.1 Religion

* 7 Culture

* 8 Education

* 8.1 Universities

* 9 Transportation

* 9.1 Rail * 9.2 Air

* 10 Tourism * 11 Sports * 12 Twinning * 13 See also * 14 Notes

* 15 References

* 15.1 Citations * 15.2 Sources

* 16 External links

HISTORY

The Hubei
Hubei
region was home to sophisticated Neolithic cultures. By the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC), the territory of today's Hubei
Hubei
was part of the powerful State of Chu
State of Chu
. Chu was nominally a tributary state of the Zhou dynasty
Zhou dynasty
, and it was itself an extension of the Chinese civilization that had emerged some centuries before in the north; but it was also a culturally unique blend of northern and southern culture, and was a powerful state that held onto much of the middle and lower Yangtze River
Yangtze River
, with power extending northwards into the North China Plain . Detail of an embroidered silk gauze ritual garment from a 4th-century BC, Zhou era tomb at Mashan, Jiangling County , Hubei
Hubei

During the Warring States period (475–221 BC) Chu became the major adversary of the upstart State of Qin to the northwest (in what is now Shaanxi
Shaanxi
province), which began to assert itself by outward expansionism. As wars between Qin and Chu ensued, Chu lost more and more land: first its dominance over the Sichuan Basin , then (in 278 BC) its heartland, which correspond to modern Hubei. In 223 BC Qin chased down the remnants of the Chu regime, which had fled eastwards, as part of Qin's bid for the conquest of all China.

Qin founded the Qin dynasty
Qin dynasty
in 221 BC, the first unified state in the region. Qin was succeeded by the Han dynasty
Han dynasty
in 206 BC, which established the province (_zhou _) of Jingzhou in what is now Hubei and Hunan
Hunan
. The Qin and Han played an active role in the agricultural colonization of Hubei, maintaining a system of river dikes to protect farmland from summer floods. Towards the end of the Han Dynasty in the beginning of the 3rd century, Jingzhou was ruled by regional warlord Liu Biao . After his death, Liu Biao's realm was surrendered by his successors to Cao Cao , a powerful warlord who had conquered nearly all of north China; but in the Battle of Red Cliffs , warlords Liu Bei and Sun Quan drove Cao Cao out of Jingzhou. Liu Bei then took control of Jingzhou; he went on to conquer Yizhou (the Sichuan
Sichuan
Basin), but lost Jingzhou to Sun Quan; for the next few decades Jingzhou was controlled by the Wu Kingdom , ruled by Sun Quan and his successors. A family's ancestral hall, Yangxin County

The incursion of northern nomadic peoples into the region at the beginning of the 4th century began nearly three centuries of division into a nomad-ruled (but increasingly Sinicized) north and a Han Chinese -ruled south. Hubei, to the South, remained under southern rule for this entire period, until the unification of China
China
by the Sui dynasty in 589. In 617 the Tang dynasty replaced Sui, and later on the Tang dynasty placed what is now Hubei
Hubei
under several circuits : Jiangnanxi Circuit in the south; Shannandong Circuit in the west, and Huainan Circuit in the east. After the Tang dynasty disintegrated in the 10th century, Hubei
Hubei
came under the control of several regional regimes: Jingnan in the center, Wu (later Southern Tang ) to the east, and the Five Dynasties
Five Dynasties
to the north.

The Song dynasty
Song dynasty
reunified the region in 982 and placed most of Hubei into Jinghubei Circuit , a longer version of Hubei's current name. Mongols conquered the region in 1279, and under their rule the province of Huguang was established, covering Hubei, Hunan, and parts of Guangdong
Guangdong
and Guangxi . During the Mongol
Mongol
rule, in 1334, Hubei
Hubei
was devastated by an outbreak of the Black Death , which according to Chinese sources spread during the following three centuries to decimate populations throughout Eurasia.

The Ming dynasty
Ming dynasty
drove out the Mongols in 1368. Their version of Huguang province was smaller, and corresponded almost entirely to the modern provinces of Hubei
Hubei
and Hunan
Hunan
combined. While Hubei
Hubei
was geographically removed from the centers of the Ming power. During the last years of the Ming, today's Hubei
Hubei
was ravaged several times by the rebel armies of Zhang Xianzhong and Li Zicheng . The Manchu Qing dynasty which had much of the region in 1644, soon split Huguang into the modern provinces of Hubei
Hubei
and Hunan. The Qing dynasty, however, continued to maintain a Viceroy of Huguang , one of the most well-known being Zhang Zhidong , whose modernizing reforms made Hubei (especially Wuhan
Wuhan
) into a prosperous center of commerce and industry. The Huangshi / Daye area, south-east of Wuhan, became an important center of mining and metallurgy.

In 1911 the Wuchang Uprising took place in modern-day Wuhan, overthrowing the Qing dynasty
Qing dynasty
and establishing the Republic of China
China
. In 1927 Wuhan
Wuhan
became the seat of a government established by left-wing elements of the Kuomintang , led by Wang Jingwei
Wang Jingwei
; this government was later merged into Chiang Kai-shek 's government in Nanjing
Nanjing
. During World War II
World War II
the eastern parts of Hubei
Hubei
were conquered and occupied by Japan
Japan
while the western parts remained under Chinese control.

During the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, Wuhan
Wuhan
saw fighting between rival Red Guard factions.

As the fears of a nuclear war increased during the time of Sino-Soviet border conflicts in the late 1960s, the Xianning prefecture of Hubei
Hubei
was chosen as the site of Project 131 , an underground military command headquarters.

The province—and Wuhan
Wuhan
in particular—suffered severely from the 1954 Yangtze River
Yangtze River
Floods . Large-scale dam construction followed, with the Gezhouba Dam on the Yangtze River
Yangtze River
near Yichang
Yichang
started in 1970 and completed in 1988; the construction of the Three Gorges Dam , further upstream, began in 1993. In the following years, authorities resettled millions of people from western Hubei
Hubei
to make way for the construction of the dam. A number of smaller dams have been constructed on the Yangtze's tributaries as well.

GEOGRAPHY

_ Boats on the Yangtze
Yangtze
River, upstream from the Three Gorges

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The Jianghan Plain takes up most of central and southern Hubei, while the west and the peripheries are more mountainous , with ranges such as the Wudang Mountains , the Jing Mountains , the Daba Mountains , and the Wu Mountains (in rough north-to-south order). The Dabie Mountains lie to the northeast of the Janghan Plain, on the border with Henan and Anhui
Anhui
; the Tongbai Mountains lie to the north on the border with Henan ; to the southeast, the Mufu Mountains form the border with Jiangxi
Jiangxi
. The highest peak in Hubei
Hubei
is Shennong Peak, found in the Daba Mountains and in the forestry area of Shennongjia ; it has an altitude of 3105 m. Fishermen on the Fushui
Fushui
River, Yangxin County

The two major rivers of Hubei
Hubei
are the Yangtze
Yangtze
and its left tributary, the Hanshui ; they lend their names to the Jianghan Plain . The Yangtze River
Yangtze River
enters Hubei
Hubei
from the west via the Three Gorges ; the eastern half of the Three Gorges ( Xiling Gorge and part of Wu Gorge ) lie in western Hubei, while the western half is in neighbouring Chongqing
Chongqing
. The Hanshui enters the province from the northwest. After crossing most of the province, the two great rivers meet at Wuhan, the provincial capital.

Among the notable tributaries of the Yangtze
Yangtze
within the province are the Shen Nong Stream (a small northern tributary, severely affected by the Three Gorges Dam project); the Qing , a major waterway of southwestern Hubei; the Huangbo near Yichang
Yichang
; and the Fushui
Fushui
in the southeast. Snow is comparatively rare in Wuhan
Wuhan

Thousands of lakes dot the landscape of Hubei's Jianghan Plain, giving Hubei
Hubei
the name of "Province of Lakes"; the largest of these lakes are Lake Liangzi and Hong Lake . The numerous hydrodams have created a number of large reservoirs, the largest of which is the Danjiangkou Reservoir on the Hanshui, on the border between Hubei
Hubei
and Henan .

Hubei
Hubei
has a humid subtropical climate (_Cfa_ or _Cwa_ under the Köppen climate classification
Köppen climate classification
), with four distinct seasons. Winters are cool to cold, with average temperatures of 1 to 6 °C (34 to 43 °F) in January, while summers are hot and humid, with average temperatures of 24 to 30 °C (75 to 86 °F) in July; punishing temperatures of 40 °C (104 °F) or above are widely associated with Wuhan, the provincial capital. The mountainous districts of western Hubei, in particular Shennongjia , with their cooler summers, attract numerous visitors from Wuhan
Wuhan
and other lowland cities.

Besides the capital Wuhan
Wuhan
, other important cities are Jingmen ; Shiyan , a center of automotive industry and the gateway to the Wudang Mountains ; Yichang
Yichang
, the main base for the gigantic hydroelectric projects of southwestern Hubei; and Shashi .

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

Main article: List of administrative divisions of Hubei

Hubei
Hubei
is divided into thirteen prefecture-level divisions (of which there are twelve prefecture-level cities (including a sub-provincial city ) and one autonomous prefecture ), as well as three directly administered county-level cities (all sub-prefecture-level cities ) and one directly administered county-level forestry area.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS OF HUBEI

№ DIVISION CODE ENGLISH NAME CHINESE PINYIN AREA IN KM2 POPULATION 2010 SEAT DIVISIONS

DISTRICTS COUNTIES AUT. COUNTIES CL CITIES *

420000 HUBEI 湖北省 Húběi Shěng 185900.00 57,237,740 Wuhan
Wuhan
39 37 2 25

1 420100 WUHAN 武汉市 Wǔhàn Shì 8549.09 9,785,392 Jiang\'an District 13

4 420200 HUANGSHI 黄石市 Huángshí Shì 4582.85 2,429,318 Xialu District 4 1

1

7 420300 SHIYAN 十堰市 Shíyàn Shì 23674.41 3,340,843 Maojian District 3 4

1

12 420500 YICHANG 宜昌市 Yíchāng Shì 21227.00 4,059,686 Xiling District 5 3 2 3

9 420600 XIANGYANG 襄阳市 Xiāngyang Shì 19724.41 5,500,307 Xiangcheng District 3 3

3

2 420700 EZHOU 鄂州市 Èzhōu Shì 1593.54 1,048,672 Echeng District 3

5 420800 JINGMEN 荆门市 Jīngmén Shì 12192.57 2,873,687 Dongbao District 2 2

1

11 420900 XIAOGAN 孝感市 Xiàogǎn Shì 8922.72 4,814,542 Xiaonan District 1 3

3

6 421000 JINGZHOU 荆州市 Jīngzhōu Shì 14068.68 5,691,707 Shashi District 2 3

3

3 421100 HUANGGANG 黄冈市 Huánggāng Shì 17446.63 6,162,072 Huangzhou District 1 7

2

10 421200 XIANNING 咸宁市 Xiánníng Shì 9749.84 2,462,583 Xian\'an District 1 4

1

8 421300 SUIZHOU 随州市 Suízhōu Shì 9614.94 2,162,222 Zengdu District 1 1

1

13 422800 Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture 恩施土家族苗族自治州 Ēnshī Tǔjiāzú Miáozú Zìzhìzhōu 24061.25 3,290,294 Enshi

6

2

16 429004 XIANTAO ** 仙桃市 Xiāntáo Shì 2538.00 1,175,085 _Jingling Subdistrict _

1

15 429005 QIANJIANG ** 潜江市 Qiánjiāng Shì 2004.00 946,277 _Yuanlin Subdistrict_

1

14 429006 TIANMEN ** 天门市 Tiānmén Shì 2,622.00 1,418,913 _Shazui Subdistrict _

1

17 429021 Shennongjia Forestry
Forestry
District ** 神农架林区 Shénnóngjià Línqū 3253.00 76,140 _Songbai Town_

1

Sub-provincial cities

* - including Forestry
Forestry
district ** - Directly administered county-level divisions

Farmers ploughing a field in Xian\'an District , Xianning
Xianning

The thirteen prefecture-level divisions and four directly administered county-level divisions of Hubei
Hubei
are subdivided into 103 county-level divisions (39 districts , 24 county-level cities , 37 counties , 2 autonomous counties , 1 forestry district; the directly administered county-level divisions are included here). Those are in turn divided into 1234 township-level divisions (737 towns , 215 townships , nine ethnic townships , and 273 subdistricts ).

POLITICS

Further information: List of provincial leaders of the People\'s Republic of China
China

Secretaries of the CPC Hubei
Hubei
Committee:

* Li Xiannian (李先念): 1949−1954 * Wang Renzhong (王任重): 1954−1966 * Zhang Tixue (张体学): 1966−1967 * Zeng Siyu (曾思玉): 1970−1973 * Zhao Xinchu (赵辛初): 1973−1978 * Chen Pixian (陈丕显): 1978−1982 * Guan Guangfu (关广富): 1983−1994 * Jia Zhijie (贾志杰): 1994−2001 * Jiang Zhuping (蒋祝平): 2001 * Yu Zhengsheng (俞正声): 2001−2007 * Luo Qingquan (罗清泉): 2007−2011 * Li Hongzhong (李鸿忠): 2011−2016 * Jiang Chaoliang (蒋超良): 2016−present

Governors of Hubei:

* Li Xiannian (李先念): 1949−1954 * Liu Zihou (刘子厚): 1954−1956 * Zhang Tixue (张体学): 1956−1967 * Zeng Siyu (曾思玉): 1968−1973 * Zhao Xinchu (赵辛初): 1973−1978 * Chen Pixian (陈丕显): 1978−1980 * Han Ningfu (韩宁夫): 1980−1982 * Huang Zhizhen (黄知真): 1982−1986 * Guo Zhenqian (郭振乾): 1986−1990 * Guo Shuyan (郭树言): 1990−1993 * Jia Zhijie (贾志杰): 1993−1995 * Jiang Zhuping (蒋祝平): 1995−2001 * Zhang Guoguang (张国光): 2001−2002 * Luo Qingquan (罗清泉): 2002−2007 * Li Hongzhong (李鸿忠): 2007−2010 * Wang Guosheng (王国生): 2010−2016 * Wang Xiaodong (王晓东): 2016−present

ECONOMY

Rice
Rice
fields in Tongshan County

Hubei
Hubei
is often called the "Land of Fish and Rice" (鱼米之乡). Important agricultural products in Hubei
Hubei
include cotton , rice , wheat , and tea , while industries include automobiles , metallurgy, machinery, power generation, textiles, foodstuffs and high-tech commodities.

Mineral
Mineral
resources that can be found in Hubei
Hubei
in significant quantities include borax , hongshiite , wollastonite , garnet , marlstone , iron , phosphorus , copper , gypsum , rutile , rock salt , gold amalgam, manganese and vanadium . The province's recoverable reserves of coal stand at 548 million tons, which is modest compared to other Chinese provinces. Hubei
Hubei
is well known for its mines of fine turquoise and green faustite. A quarry in Yiling District west of Yichang
Yichang
. Rocks are lined up on the roadside to attract customers

Once completed, the Three Gorges Dam in western Hubei
Hubei
will provide plentiful hydroelectricity , with an estimated annual power production of 84,700 Gwh. Existing hydroelectric stations include Gezhouba , Danjiangkou , Geheyan , Hanjiang , Duhe , Huanglongtan , Bailianhe , Lushui and Fushui
Fushui
.

Hubei's economy ranks 11th in the country and its nominal GDP for 2011 was 1.959 trillion yuan (US$311 billion) and a per capita of 21,566 RMB (US$2,863). The government of Hubei
Hubei
hopes to keep the GDP growth rate above 10% annually and double per capita GDP by 2020.

ECONOMIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT ZONES

* Hubei
Hubei
Jingzhou Chengnan Economic Development Zone was established in 1992 under the approval of Hubei
Hubei
Government. Three major industries include textile, petroleum and chemical processing, with a combined output accounts for 90% of its total output. The zone also enjoys a well-developed transportation network—only 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the airport and 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) to the railway station. * Wuhan
Wuhan
East Lake High-Tech Development Zone is a national level high-tech development zone. Optical-electronics, telecommunications, and equipment manufacturing are the core industries of Wuhan
Wuhan
East Lake High-Tech Development Zone (ELHTZ) while software outsourcing and electronics are also encouraged. ELHTZ is China's largest production centre for optical-electronic products with key players like Changfei Fiber-optical Cables (the largest fiber-optical cable maker in China), Fenghuo Telecommunications and Wuhan
Wuhan
Research Institute of Post and Telecommunications (the largest research institute in optical telecommunications in China). Wuhan
Wuhan
ELHTZ represents the development centre for China's laser industry with key players such as HUST Technologies and Chutian Laser being based in the zone. * Wuhan
Wuhan
Economic and Technological Development Zone is a national level industrial zone incorporated in 1993. Its size is about 10-25 square km and it plans to expand to 25-50 square km. Industries encouraged in Wuhan
Wuhan
Economic and Technological Development Zone include automobile production/assembly, biotechnology/pharmaceuticals, chemicals production and processing, food/beverage processing, heavy industry, and telecommunications equipment. * Wuhan
Wuhan
Export Processing Zone was established in 2000. It is located in Wuhan
Wuhan
Economic & Technology Development Zone, planned to cover land of 2.7 km2. The first 0.7 km2 area has been launched. * Wuhan
Wuhan
Optical Valley (Guanggu) Software Park is in Wuhan
Wuhan
East Lake High-Tech Development Zone. Wuhan
Wuhan
Optics Valley Software Park is jointly developed by East Lake High-Tech Development Zone and Dalian Software Park Co., Ltd. The planned area is 0.67 km2 with total floor area of 600,000 square meters. The zone is 8.5 km (5.28 mi) from the 316 National Highway and is 46.7 km (29.02 mi) from the Wuhan
Wuhan
Tianhe Airport. * Xiangyang New dissolved in 1949 and incorporated into Hubei Province.

Han Chinese form the dominant ethnic group in Hubei. A considerable Miao and Tujia population live in the southwestern part of the province, especially in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture .

On October 18, 2009, Chinese officials began to relocate 330,000 residents from the Hubei
Hubei
and Henan provinces that will be affected by the Danjiangkou Reservoir on the Han river . The reservoir is part of the larger South-North Water Transfer Project .

RELIGION

Religion in Hubei
Hubei
Chinese ancestral religion
Chinese ancestral religion
(6.5%) Christianity
Christianity
(0.58%) Other religions or not religious people (92.92%)

The predominant religions in Hubei
Hubei
are Chinese folk religions , Taoist traditions and Chinese Buddhism . According to surveys conducted in 2007 and 2009, 6.5% of the population believes and is involved in cults of ancestors , while 0.58% of the population identifies as Christian, declining from 0.83% in 2004.

The reports didn't give figures for other types of religion; 92.92% of the population may be either irreligious or involved in worship of nature deities , Buddhism, Confucianism , Taoism, folk religious sects .

*

Taihui Taoist Temple in Jingzhou . *

Baotong Buddhist Temple in Wuhan
Wuhan
. *

Guangde Buddhist Temple in Xiangyang . *

An ancestral shrine in Hong\'an , Huanggang . *

Rural Buddhist community temple in Xianning
Xianning
.

CULTURE

Hubei Provincial Museum
Hubei Provincial Museum
Hubei
Hubei
Museum of Art Hubei Provincial Library

People in Hubei
Hubei
speak Mandarin dialects; most of these dialects are classified as Southwestern Mandarin dialects, a group that also encompasses the Mandarin dialects of most of southwestern China.

Perhaps the most celebrated element of Hubei cuisine is the Wuchang fish , a freshwater bream that is commonly steamed.

Types of traditional Chinese opera popular in Hubei
Hubei
include Hanju (simplified Chinese : 汉剧; traditional Chinese : 漢劇; pinyin : _Hàn Jù_) and Chuju (楚剧; _Chǔ Jù_).

The Shennongjia area is the alleged home of the _ Yeren
Yeren
_, a wild undiscovered hominid that lives in the forested hills.

The people of Hubei
Hubei
are given the uncomplimentary nickname "Nine-headed Birds " by other Chinese, from a mythological creature said to be very aggressive and hard to kill. _"In the sky live nine-headed birds. On the earth live Hubei
Hubei
people."_ (天上九头鸟,地上湖北佬; _Tiānshàng jiǔ tóu niǎo, dìshàng Húběi lǎo_)

Wuhan
Wuhan
is one of the major culture centers in China.

Hubei
Hubei
is thought to be the province that originated the card game of Dou Di Zhu .

EDUCATION

The premier Wuhan
Wuhan
University (founded in 1893) and many other institutions in Wuhan
Wuhan
makes it a hub of higher education and research in China.

UNIVERSITIES

Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
See also: List of universities and colleges in Hubei
Hubei

* Wuhan
Wuhan
University * Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
* Wuhan
Wuhan
University of Technology * Huazhong Agricultural University * Huazhong Normal University
Huazhong Normal University
* Hubei University of Technology * Zhongnan University of Economics and Law * China University of Geosciences * Wuhan
Wuhan
University of Science and Technology * Jianghan University * Hubei University * Hubei University of Economics * Hubei University of Education * China
China
Three Gorges University (yichang) * Wuhan
Wuhan
Institute of Technology * Yangtze University * South-Central University for Nationalities * Hubei Institute of Fine Arts * Wuhan
Wuhan
Technology and Business University * Wuhan
Wuhan
Technical College of Communications

TRANSPORTATION

Boats on the Yangtze River
Yangtze River
in Wuhan
Wuhan

Prior to the construction of China's national railway network, the Yangtze
Yangtze
and Hanshui Rivers had been the main transportation arteries of Hubei
Hubei
for many centuries, and still continue to play an important transport role.

Historically, Hubei's overland transport network was hampered by the lack of bridges across the Yangtze River
Yangtze River
, which divides the province into northern and southern regions. The first bridge across the Yangtze
Yangtze
in Hubei, the Wuhan
Wuhan
Yangtze River
Yangtze River
Bridge was completed in 1957, followed by the Zhicheng Bridge in 1971. As of October 2014, Hubei
Hubei
had 23 bridges and tunnels across the Yangtze
Yangtze
River, including nine bridges and three tunnels in Wuhan.

RAIL

The railway from Beijing
Beijing
reached Wuhan
Wuhan
in 1905, and was later extended to Guangzhou, becoming the first north-to-south railway mainline to cross China. A number of other lines crossed the province later on, including the Jiaozuo-Liuzhou Railway and Beijing-Kowloon Railway , respectively, in the western and eastern part of the province.

The first decade of the 21st century has seen a large number of new railway construction in Hubei. The Wuhan–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway , roughly parallel to the original Wuhan-Guangzhou line, opened in late 2009, and is currently being extended to the north , towards Beijing. A new east-west high-speed corridor connecting major cities along the Yangtze
Yangtze
(the Huhanrong Passenger Dedicated Line ) is being constructed as well: the Hefei- Wuhan
Wuhan
section, which opened in 2009, has enabled fast service between Wuhan
Wuhan
and Shanghai, while the Wuhan-Yuchang and Yichang-Wanzhou sections are (as of 2010) under construction.

AIR

Hubei's main airport is Wuhan
Wuhan
Tianhe International Airport . Yichang Sanxia Airport serves the Three Gorges region. There are also passenger airports in Xiangyang , Enshi , and Jingzhou (Shashi Airport , named after the city's Shashi District ).

TOURISM

The province's best-known natural attraction (shared with the adjacent Chongqing
Chongqing
municipality) is the scenic area of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze. Located in the far west of the province, the gorges can be conveniently visited by one of the numerous tourist boats (or regular passenger boats) that travel up the Yangtze
Yangtze
from Yichang
Yichang
through the Three Gorges and into the neighboring Chongqing municipality.

The mountains of western Hubei
Hubei
, in particular in Shennongjia District, offer a welcome respite from Wuhan's and Yichang's summer heat, as well as skiing opportunities in winter. The tourist facilities in that area concentrate around Muyu in the southern part of Shennongjia, the gateway to Shennongjia National Nature Reserve (神农架国家自然保护区). Closer to the provincial capital, Wuhan, is the Mount Jiugong (_Jiugongshan_) national park, in Tongshan County near the border with Jiangxi
Jiangxi
.

A particular important site of both natural and cultural significance is Mount Wudang
Mount Wudang
(_Wudangshan_) in the northwest of the province. Originally created early in the Ming Dynasty
Ming Dynasty
, its building complex has been listed by UNESCO
UNESCO
since 1994 as a World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
.

Other historic attractions in Hubei
Hubei
include:

* The old Jingzhou City * The Xianling Mausoleum, built by the Ming Dynasty
Ming Dynasty
Jiajing Emperor for his parents at their fief near Zhongxiang
Zhongxiang
* The Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan
Wuhan
* The Hubei Provincial Museum
Hubei Provincial Museum
in Wuhan, with extensive archaeological and cultural exhibits and performance presentations of ancient music and dance. This is one of the best places to learn about the ancient state of Chu , which flourished in the territory of present-day Hubei
Hubei
during the Eastern Zhou Dynasty
Zhou Dynasty
and developed its own unique culture, quite distinct from that of the Shang /Zhou civilization of northern China.

The province also has historical sites connected with China's more recent history, such as the Wuchang Uprising Memorial in Wuhan, Project 131 site (a Cultural-Revolution-era underground military command center) in Xianning
Xianning
, and the National Mining Park (国家矿山公园) in Huangshi .

SPORTS

University Stadium of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan
Wuhan

Professional sports teams in Hubei
Hubei
include:

* Chinese Football Association Super League * Wuhan
Wuhan
Huanghelou

TWINNING

In 2005, Hubei
Hubei
province signed a twinning agreement with Telemark county of Norway, and a "Norway- Hubei
Hubei
Week" was held in 2007.

SEE ALSO

* List of prisons in Hubei * Major national historical and cultural sites in Hubei
Hubei
* 1954 Yangtze River
Yangtze River
floods

NOTES

* ^ The data was collected by the Chinese General Social Survey (CGSS) of 2009 and by the Chinese Spiritual Life Survey (CSLS) of 2007, reported and assembled by Xiuhua Wang (2015) in order to confront the proportion of people identifying with two similar social structures: ① Christian churches, and ② the traditional Chinese religion of the lineage (i. e. people believing and worshipping ancestral deities often organised into lineage "churches" and ancestral shrines ). Data for other religions with a significant presence in China
China
(deity cults, Buddhism, Taoism, folk religious sects, Islam, et. al.) was not reported by Wang.

* ^ This may include:

* Buddhists ; * Confucians ; * Deity worshippers ; * Taoists ; * Members of folk religious sects ; * Small minorities of Muslims ; * And people not bounded to, nor practicing any, institutional or diffuse religion.

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