Hubei province, its name meaning "north of the
lake", is situated in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River
and to the north of Dongting Lake. It is surrounded by Henan
Province to the north, Jiangxi and Hunan to the south, Anhui
to the east, Sichuan to the west and Shaanxi to the northwest.
Hubei covers an area of 180,000 square kilometers (about
69,500 square miles) with a large population of 60,280,000.
Its capital, Wuhan, is located in the southeastern part of the
Hubei has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate, with distinct
contrast between the eastern plain and the western mountain
area. It has a mean annual temperature of 15 Celsius - 17
Celsius and sticky weather in the height of summer, with
maximum temperature exceeding 40 Celsius.
abundant in natural beauty. The Three Gorges offers an
unmatched painting of water and mountains. The World Famous
Yangtze Three Gorges Dam Project is located in Hubei Province,
outside of Yichang City. It is the largest water conservation
project in the world. There are more than 1,000 rivers in
Hubei. The Changjiang River serves as the backbone into which
its tributaries flow from two directions to form the single
Yantze River, system. The section of the Yangtze from Zhijiang
to Chenglingji, known as the Jingjiang River, follows a zigzag
course. The Hanshui is the longest tributary of the Yangtze
River. Hubei has more lakes than any other province with most
of them in the Jianghan Plain. The best-known lakes are
Honghu, Liangzi and Changhu.
Other attractions include
Red Cliff (Chibi) - The Ancient Red Cliff Battle is very
famous for its ¡°few defeat many, and the weak defeat the
strong¡± at home and abroad. The Red Cliff includes three parts
-- Chibi Hill, Nanpin Hill and Jinluan Hill. The Chibi Hill
faces the Yangtze river in the north. The two characters Chibi
(Red Cliff) are clearly carved on it.