Anhui Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 安徽 (ān huī)
Area: 140,100 square kilometers (54,479 square miles)
Location: in the east of China
Administrative Division: 16 cities (Hefei, Huaibei, Bozhou, Suzhou, Bengbu, Fuyang, Huainan, Chuzhou, Lu’an, Maanshan, Wuhu, Xuancheng, Tongling, Chizhou, Anqing, Huangshan); 8 county-level cities; 5 counties, 44 districts
GDP (2018): CNY 300.068 billion (USD 45.348 billion)
Anhui, with Heifei as the capital, is an inland province in eastern China. It stretches over the Yangtze River and Huai River, and is adjacent to six provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hubei, Henan and Shandong. Anhui has cultivated its unique Hui Culture and embraces beautiful mountains. Known as the hometown of Chinese opera, Anhui has developed more than 30 kinds of local operas, among which Huangmei Opera is one of the five major Chinese operas. In addition, Hui style architecture featuring unified layout and style is essential to Hui Culture. Bricks, wood and stone are the main materials and carved with delicate patterns, showing a high level of decorative art. The Xidi Ancient Village and Hongcun Ancient Village preserve a complex of Hui style buildings. Anhui is also famous for splendid mountains and Mount Huangshan, Mount Jiuhua, and Mount Tianzhu are the most representative.
What to See
Covering an area of 130,000 square kilometers (50,200 square miles), it boasts of abundant tourism resources, and is a top tourist attraction among many in the Southeast, such as: the amazing Mount Huangshan, famous for its towering pines, precipitous stones, wonderland cloud-sea and hot springs; Mount Jiuhua, one of the four famous Buddhist Mountains in China; Mount Tianzhu, also a well-known scenic spot. The magnificence of these peaks is simply stupendous. Standing on top of any one of these peaks would overwhelm most trekkers with a sight to behold.
In addition to the beautiful mountain scenery, the well-preserved ancient villages in the southern part are derived from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911). The most impressive ones are in Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages in Yixian County near Mount Huangshan. It is really a sight worth seeing and a must for visitors who are keen to learn more about life during those years. Shexian County, reputed as Town of Arches, is also a must for each visitor who wants to experience fine examples of residential architecture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties and the unique Tangyue Memorial Archway.
When to Go
It is also well known for its various craftworks, such as rice paper, ink stone and Chinese ink. Together, they form the precious Chinese four treasures of literary pursuits.
Cities in Anhui
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