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By Helen Raleigh, The Federalist, February 3, 2020
Before the coronavirus outbreak, very few Americans had ever heard of the Chinese city of Wuhan, even though it is home to more than 11 million people. Yet there is so much more to Wuhan than being the epicenter of a deadly virus.
Wuhan has a long history. Archeological findings date the city back 3,500 years. It’s centrally located and sits on the confluence of two rivers: the Yangtze (the longest river in China) and the Han River (the largest tributary to the Yangtze, also where Wuhan drew its name). The two rivers divide the city into three towns: Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang.
Hanyang is an industrial and manufacturing center. Before there was “made in China,” there was “made in Hanyang.” The Hanyang Arsenal, founded in 1891 by a Qing dynasty official, was the oldest and largest arsenal in Chinese history. Wuchang is the home of famous universities, research institutes, and high-tech startups. ….