Five advantages

(1) Superior transportation

Wuhan is a thoroughfare to nine provinces, the flyover of China, a transportation demonstration city, and the largest inland hub for land, water and air transportation in China. It is also the center of national high-speed rail network and a shipping center in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River.

Airway: With an annual throughput of 35 million people, Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (Phase III), the largest aviation hub in Central China, has been completed and put into service. The airport provides 63 international and regional air lines with a passenger throughput of 2.62 million passengers, ranking 1st in central China.

Waterway: Wuhan has the largest inland port in the Yangtze River. The river-sea-through route is connected to international ocean liners, so from Wuhan, one can reach every corner of the world. Wuhan, Chongqing, and Shanghai are collectively referred to as three major shipping centers along the Yangtze River. In 2020, the container throughput of Yangluo Port reached 1,932,500 TEUs, a year-on-year increase of 14.4%.

Railway: Wuhan is one of the four largest railway hubs in China and the “Heart of High-speed Rail”, with high-speed trains reaching 26 provincial capitals nationwide, thus forming a 4-hour economic ring; Wuhan has launched the Wuhan-Europe freight train service, which registers the second largest volume of shipments and the largest backhauls in China.

Highway: 14 highways converge in Wuhan.


(2) Education and science strength

Wuhan is one of the top 3 science and education bases in China. With a complete range of disciplines, it ranks 3rd in China in terms of comprehensive science and education strength. It is also a world leader in high-tech fields.

Optical communication

Bioenergy

Biomedicine

3D Printing

Satellite navigation

Laser

    The world's first 128-layer 3D QLC flash memory chip, the world's first ultra-high-throughput nucleic acid test laboratory named “Fire Eye”, and the world's first inactivated COVID-19 vaccine

Ranked 12th on the Forbes List of Top 30 Innovative Cities in the World

    92 universities; 1.3 million college students, ranking 1st in the world

    121 research institutions

    28 state-level key laboratories

    28 state-level engineering (technology) research centers

    75 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering

    464 “Thousand Talents Program” experts

    6 Nobel laureates

Research environment:


Wuhan is an important national science and education base and one of the three knowledge-intensive areas in China. According to the 2019 Report on Evaluation of Innovation Capacity of Innovative Cities, Wuhan ranked 5th in terms of innovation capacity. Among the top cities for research in the Nature Index in 2018, Wuhan ranked 4th in China and 19th in the world. There are 68 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. In 2019, the city's R&D expenditure was 51.862 billion yuan (ranking 4th among sub-provincial cities), accounting for 3.20% of GDP. In 2020, the added value of the city’s high-tech industries stood at 403.212 billion yuan, accounting for 25.82% of GDP, and the total number of high-tech enterprises in the city reached 6,259 (ranking 5th among sub-provincial cities). There are 139 state-level innovation platforms and 118 state-level business incubators. Moreover, there are 19 industrial technology research institutes (a new kind of R&D institute) and 4 provincial-level industrial innovation consortia in the city.


(3) Solid industrial foundation--made in Wuhan

    Wuhan’s industries cover the 38 of 41 main categories of all industries, and four of its industries, including integrated circuit, new display device, next-generation information network and biomedicine, have been included in the first batch of national strategic emerging industry clusters. The output value of each of these industries such as “optics, chips, new display screens, smart terminals, and the Internet”, automobile manufacturing and service, and health is growing at an increasing pace toward a trillion yuan. Wuhan is the world’s largest manufacturing base for optical fibers/cables, China’s largest production base for display panels of various sizes and photovoltaic devices and the largest production base for antiviral prescription drugs in China.

    It is making every effort to build a "965” industrial cluster of 9 pillar industries, 6 strategic emerging industries, and 5 future-oriented industries, accelerate industrial transformation and upgrading and strengthen industrial support for high-quality development.

    Four industries, integrated circuit, new display device, next-generation information network and biomedicine, have been included in the first batch of national strategic emerging industry clusters, putting Wuhan ahead, alongside Shanghai, of all other Chinese cities.

    A "965” industrial cluster of 9 pillar industries, 6 strategic emerging industries, and 5 future-oriented industries is to be built.


    9 pillar industries: New generation information technology for "optics, chips, new display screens, smart terminals, and the Internet”; automobile manufacturing and service; health and biotechnology; high-end equipment manufacturing; intelligent manufacturing; trade and logistics; modern finance; environmental protection; cultural tourism

    6 pillar industries: Cyber security; aerospace; aerospace information; artificial intelligence; digital creativity; hydrogen energy

    5 future-oriented industries: Electromagnetic energy; quantum technology; supercomputing; brain science and brain-inspired intelligence technology; deep earth, deep sea, and deep space.


(4) DNA of opening up

    France, the United States, South Korea, and the United Kingdom have set up consulates general in Wuhan. Besides, with 21 foreign trade and economic organizations set up in Wuhan, the city ranks 1st in Central China in terms of the number of foreign organizations.

    Wuhan has 29 international sister cities and 84 international friendly exchange cities.

    300 out of the Fortune 500 companies have set up headquarters or offices in Wuhan.

    In 2020, the foreign investment actually used by Wuhan put this city in the front rank of comparable cities

    Wuhan has two Class I ports, one provisionally opened port, and three areas under special customs supervision. The overall customs clearance time at the port has been halved, and the customs clearance environment has been further optimized

    Class-I ports

    Tianhe Airport

    Port of Wuhan

    Provisionally opened port

    Wuhan Railway Central Station (equivalent to Class I port)

    Areas under special customs supervision

    Wuhan East Lake Comprehensive Bonded Area

    Wuhan New Port and Airport Comprehensive Bonded Zone (one district and two parks, Yangluo Port Park and Dongxihu Park)

    Comprehensive Bonded Area of Wuhan Economic & Technological Development Zone


(5) Ecological environment

    Wuhan features a subtropical humid monsoon climate with abundant sunlight and rainfall and four distinct seasons.

    Average temperature: 16.8

    Maximum temperature: 36.4

    Minimum temperature: -5.2

    Average air humidity: 76% 

    Maximum air humidity: 81%

    Minimum air humidity: 67%

Annual precipitation: 1,100 millimeters

Annual sunshine duration: 2,000 hours

Annual frost-free period: 240 days

The average elevation is 23.3 meters, and the elevations of most of the areas in Wuhan are below 50 meters above sea level.

    Air quality:

    255 days of excellent air quality annually

    No paint corroding substances in the air

    Acid rain: No acid rain

    Bird habitat: Not a bird habitat

    Sandstorm, typhoon, tornado, etc.: No sandstorm, typhoon or tornado

    Seismic fortification intensity: VI 

Days suitable for normal construction

Days of rainy season

Snowy days

Low temperature days

High temperature days

330 days

24 days

11 days

46 days

29 days

    Nestling in forests, Wuhan is dotted with lakes. The Yangtze River and the Han River meet here. The green coverage in built-up areas is 38.19%. The city has 166 lakes and 165 rivers, altogether making up one quarter of its total area. Wuhan’s per capita fresh water resources rank 1st among large cities in China.

    East Lake, covering an area of 33km², is the largest city lake in the world. Wuhan is to develop into a city of numerous beautiful lakes with East Lake built as its ecological green heart. Wuhan has the world-class urban greenway, “Wuhan East Lake Greenway”, with a total length of 102km.

    Sustained efforts have been made in “flood control, waterlogging control, waste water treatment, and water supply” to improve the ecological well-being of Wuhan. 

    Wuhan strives to build unique lakeside space through the “Large Lake Plus” strategy. It will construct an ecological water network that consists of “Greater East Lake”, “Six Lakes in Hanyang”, “Seven Lakes in Dongxihu District”, “Twenty-one Lakes in Zhuankou”, etc.