Witter By Hafeezullah
Wuhan, China, in 1895. It lies at the confluence of the Han and Yangtze rivers .
Paul French is the author of “Midnight in Peking” and “City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir,” both currently being adapted for TV.
The Chicago of China
In 1900, American magazine Collier’s published an article about the Yangtze “boom town” of Wuhan, calling it “the Chicago of China.” It was one of the first times — if not the first — the Chinese city had been given this moniker, and it stuck.In 1927, the veteran United Press Shanghai correspondent Randall Gould used the moniker in a dispatch about political turmoil in Hubei province..