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Wuhan - Hanyang

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Hanyang is the smallest of Wuhan's districts. Settled as far back as 600 AD, Hanyang remained insignificant until the late 19th century when the far-sighted viceroy, Zhang Zhidong, built the country's first large-scale iron and steel foundry as part of the "Self-strengthening Movement"; a last-ditch effort to modernize China during the twilight years of the Qing dynasty.

Hanyang remains Wuhan's principal manufacturing sector, but there are also a couple of worthwhile sights hidden away here, such as tortoise Hill, Qingchuan Pavilion and Guiyuan Temple.