|Xiaogan: brief description for tourists who wish to visit Xiaogan|
Xiaogan, situated in the northeastern part of Hubei Province, is adjacent to Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei Province, to the east, Xinyang of Henan Province to the north, Xiangfan, Jingzhou and Shiyan to the west, and Jianghan Plain to the south. It covers an area of 8,910 sq km and has a population of 5.2 million. It is part of Wuhan City Cluster, which consists of 9 cities, Wuhan, Huangshi, Ezhou, Xiaogan, Huanggang, Xianning, Xiantao, Qianjiang and Tianmen. Wuhan Cluster won approval to be a pilot zone for the construction of a resource-conserving and environment-friendly society. The city cluster takes up less than one third of Hubei Province's total land area and contributes over 60% of the province's total GDP.
The Beijing-Zhuhai Highway, the Xiaogan-Xiangfan Highway and the Wuhan-Xiaogan Highway make for a convenient highway transportation network in Xiaogan. It takes less than 1 hour to drive from Xiaogan to Wuhan Tianhe Airport, which operates flights to over 20 domestic cities.
The city is rich in mineral resources, such as gypsum, rock salt and phosphorite. It has 249 million tons of gypsum, 280 million tons of rock salt and 172 million tons of phosphorite. It is also rich in wild animal and plants resources. Over 138 species of wild animals, including swans, cranes and giant salamanders have been found in the city's lands.