Go China - Wuhan

Friendly and curious locals welcome foreigners

As the number of companies grows, interaction between local Wuhanese and foreigners increases.

Just five years ago, few expatriates would have ranked Wuhan as a city in which to live and do business.

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012, 10:47am

Taste test for the adventurous

Hungry locals queue for Jingwu Duck Neck.

One of the best parts of travelling around China is trying regional delicacies, and Wuhan's got them in spades. Here are a few to try when you're in Hubei's capital city.

7 Nov 2012 - 10:22am

Rooms with a queue

The Westin Wuhan Wuchang differentiates itself as a lifestyle hotel.

Wuhan's extraordinary growth in the past decade has yielded a surge in hotel guests and the rise of an elite group of hotels to service the expanding upscale market. The city's tourism bureau estimates that last year saw more than 3 million room nights and that local hotels topped 2 billion yuan (HK$2.44 billion) in revenue.

7 Nov 2012 - 10:14am

Offices for rent in great demand

Wuhan Greenland Building.

The office leasing market in Wuhan sustained robust activity in the first half of this year, as companies started renting grade A office spaces and achieved healthy gains, according to analysts.

7 Nov 2012 - 10:04am

Green credentials

Artist's impression of the 30-storey Corporate Centre Five (left) of Business Cluster Phase One in the Wuhan Tiandi Business Cluster.

A new wave of green buildings, including many commercial projects, have emerged in Wuhan as it embraces the central government's policy of making it a model city of sustainable development.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection recommended Wuhan to join the global Sustainable Cities Programme in 1997.

7 Nov 2012 - 10:00am

Spark that changed a nation

Xinhai Revolution Memorial Hall.

The Xinhai Revolution of 1911 is the single most important event in modern Chinese history, one that ushered in new, modern ideals for the governance of the nation and dispatched the Qing dynasty.

The revolution set in motion a chain of events that led to civil war on the mainland, war with Japan and, eventually, the rise of the Communist Party as the architect of New China.

7 Nov 2012 - 9:55am

Breathtaking views

Shennongjia boasts endangered primates and rare flora.

Wuhan may be one of China's fastest-growing cities, but the region around it is one of the country's most storied and naturally beautiful.

There are two national parks within a few hours' drive to the south, Jiugongshan and Lushan. Also, a bit farther away, on the border to Chongqing, is Shennongjia, one of the area's most breathtaking and diverse natural reserves.

7 Nov 2012 - 9:53am

Company at the heart of city

A WIS plant

No single firm better epitomises Wuhan's claim as China's "city of steel" than Wuhan Iron and Steel (WIS), the world's fifth-largest producer.

7 Nov 2012 - 9:48am

Celebrating in style

The Chu River and Han Street development includes a 1.5km-long pedestrian mall alongside the newly-created Chu River.

When Wuhan officials began contemplating marking the centennial of the 1911 Xinhai Revolution, they decided to do so in style.

7 Nov 2012 - 9:43am

Mainland is a multitude of markets

Stefan Kracht

Product customisation is rapidly becoming a must-do for international businesses in China.

7 Nov 2012 - 9:36am

Mega projects transform city

Light and heavy rail projects are under way. Photo: ImagineChina.

Whether by air, sea or rail, Wuhan increasingly has central China's logistics industry covered. While the Port of Wuhan has been an important transfer point between rail and river cargo for more than a century, a slew of mega projects is transforming the area.

6 Nov 2012 - 5:56pm

Economy roars onward

Wuhan is one of China's top-10 growth stories with industrial investment in the first seven months of this year topping 91 billion yuan.

While global growth continues to sputter, and even China's vaunted economic engine slowed to 7.6 per cent growth in the second quarter of the year, Wuhan's economy continues to soar.

6 Nov 2012 - 5:52pm

Swiss roots help to carve valuable niche

Markus Muller

Today, every hotel company of scale has established a fully fledged operational structure with multiple properties in China. The key question for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is: Are we too late?

6 Nov 2012 - 5:59pm

Luxury brands spread

Florentia Village is the first of many designer outlets operator RDM is planning to open throughout the country.

Chinese consumers are buying more as luxury brands continue to expand their presence in second- and third-tier cities.

A survey conducted jointly by Ruder Finn and Ipsos in June, found that consumers in first-tier mainland cities preferred to shop locally when buying luxury products, such as watches, cosmetics, clothing, shoes, and wine and cigars.

6 Nov 2012 - 5:59pm

Balancing act to find right fit

International children learn as much from each other than from teachers.

The image of the intrepid expatriate worker in China on a hardship package has largely become an item of the past. Today's expatriate community is peppered liberally, with mothers and fathers bringing their entire family to participate in their China experience.

6 Nov 2012 - 6:00pm