Han Cities

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Han Cities

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(Placename) a group of three cities in E central China (Hanyang, Hankow, and Wuchang), in SE Hubei at the confluence of the Han and Yangtze Rivers; united in 1950 to form the conurbation of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province



the capital of Hubei province, in E China, at the junction of the Han and Chang Jiang: comprises the former cities of Hankou, Hanyang, and Wuchang. 3,750,000. Also called Han Cities.
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Second, and more substantially, from the historical record it is clear that all Han cities and some other socio-politically significant settlements were enclosed by walls (Liu 1998: 544-51).
Consequently, by the end of the Western Han period (206 BC-AD 8), the number of Han cities may have been greater than 1600, decreasing only slightly to around 1285 cities during the Eastern Han period (AD 24-220) (Fan Ye 1965).
Most previous research into Han cities is text-based and has focused on the imperial capitals, Chang'an and Luoyang (Lii 1982 [1947]: 584; Lin 1985, 1986: 589-91; Loewe 1987b; Zhou 2001; Zhang 2006).