Chinese place names often have interesting translations, but "The Weedy Lake" is perhaps not the most dynamic of the lot. Nevertheless, the southeastern city of Wuhu is a lively place with an urban population of around 1.4 million people and a history going back two and a half thousand years. Expats living in Wuhu will get a chance to see both old and new sides of China's ancient culture side by side in the city, and the famous local Yanjiang cuisine is very well regarded (and more orthodox than in some Chinese cities, being based on fish and chicken). There is a huge amount to explore in the city, with Zheshan Park and Mirror Lake for lovers of nature, the Guangji Temple for expatriates in Wuhu with an interest in the local culture and the popular Phoenix Cuisine Boulevard for food lovers.
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Expatriates moving to Wuhu will invariably come across the vast Yangtze River Bridge Crossing on or shortly after arrival – this is a popular local landmark, a major transport artery and a great place for locals and expats living in Wuhu to admire the famous Yangtze River. The city is well-connected to transport hubs including Shanghai, Nanjing and others via intercity bus and train, with the latter being two hours away on the region's modern high-speed railway service. The culture and climate of this busy Chinese city are distinct but easy and pleasant to adapt to, and as an expatriate moving to Wuhu you can join InterNations and access our large collection of articles on expatriation topics like cross-cultural communication, finance and so on. These, found in our online Expat Magazine, are a great starting point for travelling to the city, as are the various articles and reports we've got by other InterNations members. Put these together with a little research on the city itself and you should find settling into the city both straightforward and, more importantly, great fun.
The city isn't just an attractive destination for visitors interested in Chinese culture. Working life as an expatriate in Wuhu promises to be dynamic and fast paced, with one of the largest ports on the Yangtze River, a busy Economic and Technological Development Area and a regional economy that is growing fast. The city's humid monsoon climate will give expats working in Wuhu plenty to write home about, and the after-hours’ culture offers as much food, shopping and entertainment as any expat could ask for. As well as enjoying city life, you can find other expatriates working in Wuhu through the discussion groups, forums and private communications on our InterNations website. The city's growing population of global minds and international expatriates adds another layer of excitement to the cultural richness of life as an expat in Wuhu.