Wuhan's transport system ready for Military World Games
Wu Guoxiu

Hosting a world-level sporting event serves as a test for a city's public transport system. In Wuhan, capital city of central China's Hubei Province, if you want to get away from the game venues and have some fun in the city, options of public transport are abundant.

Also serving as an access point to the city, the subway station near the media center at the main venue of Military World Games's opening ceremony will be the main exit and entry point for audiences on the opening day: October 17. 

To prepare the subway system for the Games, each station has at least one employee who speaks English and sign language. Some major stations even require all staff to be able to talk with passengers in basic English. As many as 10 subway lines link visitors to most of the 30 plus venues for the Games.

Getting on a ground vehicle is also a good choice. Modern tram Line 1 can carry 300 people in each train, and departs every 10 minutes. The ticket price is only 2 yuan for a trip.

The tram company requires crew members to practice English everyday before getting to work. Modern tram technology makes the journey very stable, quiet, and energy saving, while it facilitates access to a number of tourist attractions. At the same time, taxis are aplenty, should one chooses to travel by car.

"Wuhan has 10 bridges over the Yangtze River now. The oldest and most famous one was built in 1957 with the help of the Soviet Union," says driver Zhang Weili, who is always keen on introducing fun-filled places to tourists to hang out and eat. "Famous small delicacies here include tofu skin, soup-filled buns, chicken soup, and hot dry noodles," he explains.