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Anhui

Anqing - Hefei - Huangshan - Ma'anshan - Qingyang

Basic Information
Area: 139,600 sq. kilometer
Capital: Hefei
Population: 55.5 Million

The name "Anhui" derives from the names of 2 cities in south Anhui, Anqing and Huizhou (now Huangshan). The abbreviation for Anhui is "Wan", because there were historically a State of Wan, a Mount Wan, and a Wan River in the province. Anhui is located in southeast China, on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It touches 6 provinces, including Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hubei, and Henan, with the Yangtze and Huaihe Rivers running through.

The topography in Anhui is high in the southwest and low in the northeast. Mountains and hills make up two thirds of the total area.

Anhui has abundant tourist resources with beautiful landscape, many places of historic interest, and rich folk customs. The most famous scenic wonders include Mt. Huangshan, Mt. Jiuhua, Mt. Tianzhu, Mt. Langya, and Mt. Qiyun, all of which are national scenic spots. In 1990, UNESCO put Mt. Huangshan on the list of the World Cultural and Natural Heritages. Other tourist attractions are the Xin'an River, Taiping Lake, and the Water Park on Chaohu Lake.

Anhui is propitious for giving birth to great men, including Laozi, Zhuangzi, Guanzi, Cao Can, Hua Tuo, Bao Zheng, Zhu Yuanzhang, Wu Jingzi, Chen Duxiu, and Hu Shi. It has 3 state-level ancient cultural cities, including Shexian, Shouxian, and Bozhou, and 6 nature reserves. The long history has left behind a great number of historical sites, such as Xuguo Stone Arch and Tangyue archways in Shexian, the ancient residences in Yixian, and the opera theaters in Bozhou. Moreover, Anhui is famous for arts and crafts, 4 treasures of the study, iron pictures, and bronze wares.

Anhui is proud that 3 of its cities, including Hefei, Huangshan, and Bozhou, have been listed among the first group of Top Tourist Cities of China. Anhui has a convenient transportation. It is only a 45-minute flight from Shanghai to Huangshan. Regular flights shuttle between Anhui and major cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou, and Van, and Hong Kong as well. Rails link the province with the rest part of the country. To offer more convenience for tourists, 15 cable ways have been established.