Panoramic China -- Hubei: Land of the Phoenix

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It is easy to have a quick look at China's past and present, but it takes time to gain a panoramic knowledge of China. The "Panoramic China" series is meant to assist readers, especially those overseas, in this respect. Each volume in the series focuses on a province, municipality or autonomous region, describing, with illustrations, the outstanding characteristics of each area from different perspectives.   

Hubei: Land of the Phoenix

Legend has it that when a phoenix is 500 years old, it will collect sandalwood and set fire to itself. Reborn form the ashes, it emerges more beautiful than ever, never to die again.
The phoenix is the king of birds in ancient legends. Noble in sppirit, commanding winds and coluds, hansome and many-colored, the phoenix perfectly symboizes the culture and spirit of Hubei.

Hubei's capital, Wuhan, stands in the center of China. For centures it has been the largest goods distribution hub on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, a center of trade and commerce. Wuhan is a communications crossroads too, its enviable accessibility writing splendid chapters in the city's development.

The Yellow Crane Tower has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over the course of history. It still stands magnficent today. This land of Hubei nurtured the splendid people, descendants of King Zhuang of Chu, are going all out to win keen to perfom of China's economic stage and to show what they can do.

Table of Contents
Hubei People and the Nine-headed Bird
The Hubei Character
Prominent Figures in Hubei History
A Plain Strewn with Pearls
Province of a Thousand Lakes,a Land of Fish and Rice
Eclectic Gastronomy
Local Specialties
A Picture Gallery of Wondrous Landscapes
The Three Gorges
Qingjiang Water World and Ba Culture
Hydropower Jewel
Wuhan,Key to Energizing Central China
Furnace City
Three Towns and Two Rivers
Staring Point of China Modernization
Great Wuhan
Urban Circle on the Rise
Wudang Mountain,Taoist Sanctum
Land of Immortals,Holy Mountain
Taoist Culture
Southern School of Martial Arts
Shennongjia,Steeped in Mystery
Lost Paradise
Gallery of Nature
Treasurehouse of Bio-diversity
Ancient Cities of Chu
Battle Smoke of the Three Kingoms
Hometown of Shennong
Xianling Imperial Mausoleum
Wuzu Temple,Sanctum of Zen
Chu Culture,Occult and Romantic
The Great Way Cannot be Seen
Melodies of Earth and Heaven
Fair Lady and Wweet Grass
Phoenix Reborn in Flames
Panoramic China -- Hubei: Land of the Phoenix