'武漢' (Wuhan) is a portmanteau: the '武 (wǔ)' in '武漢' is derived from the '武' in '武昌' (Wuchang) (literally prospering military, regarding its logistics role of the military bases established before the Battle of Red Cliffs). Wuchang was the name given to the area in AD 221 when warlord Sun Quan moved the capital of Eastern Wu to È county (in present-day Ezhou City), and renamed È to Wuchang. The '漢／汉 (hàn)' in '武漢' comes from the '漢' in 漢口 (Hankou), which literally means "Mouth of the Han", from its position at the confluence of the Han River (of Shaanxi and Hubei) with the Yangtze River. In 1926, the Northern Expedition reached the Wuhan area and it was decided to merge Hankou, Wuchang and Hanyang into one city in order to make a new capital for Nationalist China. On January 1, 1927, the resulting city was proclaimed as '武漢' (Wuhan).
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