Wuhan Tianhe International Airport serves Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei Province, People's Republic of China. It is central China’s busiest airport due to its geographical location, ranking 13th busiest in passenger traffic in 2015. The name Tianhe translates to "Sky River" which is also an ancient name for the Milky Way.
The airport is conveniently situated within easy reach of popular attractions and landmarks in Wuhan itself, like the Yellow Crane Tower, built in 223 during the Three Kingdoms Period.Decorated with inscriptions by famous poets from early dynasties, it has themed exhibits on each floor. Climb to the top for a bird’s eye view of the entire city and the majestic Yangtze River. Zedong Villa, Chairman Mao’s retreat, is another interesting site. Nicknamed "Home of the White Clouds and Yellow Cranes” by Mao and in keeping with his memory, original chairs and lamps still sit in the same semi-circular position as they had 27 years ago, together with his slippers and those of his wife, Jiang Qing.
The airport lies 25 kilometres from Wuhan city centre. Airport shuttle buses are timed to leave for the city following flight arrivals with metered taxis that run between the airport and within the city. Wuhan Public buses cover the Hankou, Wuchang and Hanyang Districts. There are also special tourist buses covering key landmarks.
Wuhan Airport was built in 1990 and opened to the public in April 1995. It has expanded over time and now serves in the region of 23 international and 55 domestic cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok, Singapore, Los Angeles and San Francisco.