While in Wuhan we spent some time around a few of the inner city lakes that have given the city its historical nickname “the city of a hundred lakes”. The lakes, which dot the landscape throughout the city, have long served as a natural flood relief system – but with growing coverage of the land the seasonal flooding continues to pose huge logistical problems for the city and its people. Between 1949 and 2015, the number of the lakes in Wuhan’s urban areas dropped from 127 to 40 as a result of major construction works.
As a major shipping crossroads in central China, Wuhan’s ports feed tons of products daily into the city. Traversing some of these areas we documented these bustling areas, fueled primarily by small carts since larger trucks are not permitted within the city center.