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Wuhan (/wu/'haen/, US also/wu/'ha:n/, 'wu 15] simplified Chinese pronunciation: Wu Yi; traditional Chinese pronunciation: Wu Han; pinyin translation: Wuhan; [u.xan]) is the capital of Hubei Province, People's Republic of China.  With a population of more than eleven million, it is the largest city of Hubei. It is also one of nine National Central Cities of China. 
Named Wuhan, the name derives its historical origin from the conglomeration of Wuchang Hankou and Hanyang. These three towns are collectively called the \"Three Towns of Wuhan\" or \"Wu Yi San Zhen\". Wuhan is located in eastern Jianghan Plain at the confluence with the Yangtze River and its largest tributary the Han River. It is also known as the \"Nine Provinces' Thoroughfare (Jiu Sheng Tong Qu). 
Some believe Wuhan to be the site of the pivotal Battle of the Red Cliffs.  This battle stopped Cao Cao from entering southern China at the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty. The Wuchang Uprising of 1911 that led to the fall of Qing dynasty in 1911 and the establishment of Republic of China are other historical events that took place in Wuhan.  Wuhan briefly served as the capital of China under the Kuomintang government (KMT), led by Wang Jingwei.  Later, the city was the wartime capital for China for ten month in 1937 during Second Sino-Japanese War. Wuhan is Central China's political, economic and financial center. It is also a major transportation hub with many railways, roads and expressways that pass through it and connect to major cities. Foreign sources refer to Wuhan as the \"Chicago of China\" because of its important role in domestic transport.  Wuhan is divided into three districts by the \"Golden Waterway\", the Yangtze River's Yangtze River, and the Han River. The Yangtze River crosses the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge in the city. Nearby is the Three Gorges Dam. It is the largest power station worldwide in terms of its installed capacity. Wuhan has historically been at risk of flooding.  The government decided to improve the situation by creating ecologically-friendly absorption mechanisms.