Bozhou Travel Guide

Bozhou Facts

Chinese Name: 亳州市 (bó zhōu shì)
Population: 5,350,000  
Area: 8,110 square kilometers (3,131 square miles) 

Location: It is situated within the northwest of Anhui Province, neighboring Henan Province in the west and north. Within the province, it is bordered by Fuyang in the southwest, Huaibei and Bengbu in the east and by Huainan in the southwest. 
Administrative Division: 1 district (Qiaocheng); 2 counties (Guoyang, Mengcheng, Lixin)
Seat of the City Government: Shaohua Lu, Qiaocheng District

Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0558-5122829
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184

Bank of China: 36, Qiaoling Lu, Qiaocheng District
China Post: Shaohua Lu, Qiaocheng District

Attractions

The Underground Tunnel is in the old city zone. It was built by the General Cao Cao during the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), reputed as the underground Great Wall, the brick, clay and wood tunnels stretch around the Dayushou. 

As a top choice for Bozhou travel, the Opera-Performing Stage (Hua Xi Lou) is an engraved drama stage of the Great Guandi Temple built especially for opera performing in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The wooden stage is famous for the exquisite engraved and colored patterns. In an effort to preserve the stage visitors are prohibited from standing on the stage.

Huazu An (Huazu Nunnery) in the southeast of the city center, was first established during the Tang and Song dynasties to commemorate Huatuo, an experienced and skilled doctor who is the father of surgery in China. Huatuo was responsible for creating powder for anesthesia more than 1,600 years ago and Wuqin Xi (Medical Exercise Imitating Movements of Five Animals) for health protection. 

Other Scenic Spots: Taiqing Palace

Transportation Tips

It is close to the railway hub of Anhui Province, Bengbu, where visitors can change trains to many other large cities. The Beijing-Kowloon Railway passes through it, and it is about five hours' drive from Beijing to the city. Trains to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Wenzhou are also available at the station. The railway station is found in the south of the city center. City buses No. 1, 3, 7, 13, 15 and 16 will take visitors to the station.

Its long-distance bus station in Weiwu Da Dao of Qiaocheng District offers interprovincial and intercity buses. This is a convenient way to travel from this city to three other cities (Fuyang, Bengbu and Huaibei) in northern Anhui. Buses depart every twenty to sixty minutes.

Weather

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Bozhou bears a warm temperate monsoon semi-humid climate. Obviously affected by the monsoon, the weather of the city is generally moderate. It has enough sunlight, moderate rainfall and four clear seasons. Showers of rain become common during June to August and its annual average temperature remains around 14.5℃ (58.1℉).  
     
 When to Go: The best time to travel is spring and autumn or the transition period from summer to autumn.   

Bozhou Travel Tips

 History: Bozhou is a famous historical and cultural city of Anhui. Over three thousand years ago, the first emperor of the Shang Dynasty (16th - 11th century BC) appointed it as the capital city of Anhui. It was once called Qiao Shire though changed back to Bozhou in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), a prefecture which was listed among the ten most prosperous prefectures at that time.        

 Physical Features: It is situated in the south end of the Huanghuai (Yellow River and Huaihe River) Plain. The terrain is flat, and on the whole, gently slopes from the northwest to the southeast though there are few small hills in its eastern region.

 Special Local Products: Gujing Gongjiu (Gujing Tribute Liquor), herbs, walnut, pear, black pottery, clay figure and paper-cutting are common products within the region

 Local Highlights: It was one of the four medicine capitals of China and the hometown of Huatuo, (about 145-208) one of the most notable doctors in Chinese history.

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