14 Facts About Hubei


Hubei is a landlocked province of the People's Republic of China, and is part of the Central China region.

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Hubei's name is officially abbreviated to "", an ancient name associated with the eastern part of the province since the State of E of the Western Zhou dynasty of c –771 BCE; a popular name for Hubei is "" .

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The Qin and Han played an active role in the extension of farmland in Hubei, maintaining a system of river dikes to protect farms from summer floods.

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Hubei lay geographically outside the centers of the Ming power.

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Two major rivers of Hubei are the Yangtze River and its left tributary, the Han River; they lend their names to the Jianghan Plain – Jiang representing the Yangtze and han representing the Han River.

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Hubei has a humid subtropical climate, with four distinct seasons.

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Hubei is divided into seventeen prefecture-level divisions, as well as three directly administered county-level cities and one directly administered county-level forestry area.

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Important agricultural products in Hubei include cotton, rice, wheat, and tea, while industries include automobiles, metallurgy, machinery, power generation, textiles, foodstuffs and high-tech commodities.

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Hubei is well known for its mines of fine turquoise and green faustite.

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Predominant religions in Hubei are Chinese folk religions, Taoist traditions and Chinese Buddhism.

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People in Hubei speak Mandarin dialects; most of these dialects are classified as Southwestern Mandarin dialects, a group that encompasses the Mandarin dialects of most of southwestern China.

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People of Hubei are given the uncomplimentary nickname "Nine-headed Birds" by other Chinese, from a mythological creature said to be very aggressive and hard to kill.

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Hubei is thought to be the province that originated the card game of Dou Di Zhu.

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In 2005, Hubei province signed a twinning agreement with Telemark county of Norway, and a "Norway-Hubei Week" was held in 2007.

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