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102 counties, 36 cities

56.93 million inhabitants

185,900 km2

306 inhabitants per km2

The province of Hubei is located along the middle reaches of the Yangzi (Chang Jiang). It is interspersed with hilly and mountainous landscapes, like Wu Shan and Wudang Shan to the west and to the northwest respectively, and Tongbai Shan and Dabie Shan to the northeast. Formative for both its topography and economic development are the two great rivers: the Yangzi and the Han Shui, and their tributaries. The provincial capital of Wuhan is located at the estuary of the Han into the Yangzi.

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Fischer, Doris, “Hubei”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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