Tongling Travel Guide

Tongling Facts

Chinese Name: 铜陵市 (tóng líng shì)
Population: 1,708,000
Area: 3,008 square kilometers (1,161 square miles)
Location: in the south of Anhui, eastern China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Tongguan District, Yi’an District, Suburban District); 1 county (Zongyang)
Area Code: 0562
Zip Code: 244000
GDP (2018): CNY 122.24 billion (USD 16.96 billion)

Famous Copper Base in China

Tongling is situated in the south of Anhui Province, on the south bank of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It is 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Wuhu and neighbors Anqing, Chizhou and Chaohu with the capital of Anhui province, Hefei about 120 kilometers (75 miles) away. Tong, literally means copper. Tongling flourishes for the rich copper reserves and is known as the ancient copper capital of China and the contemporary copper base. Tongling is also one of the birthplaces of bronze culture in China. There are dozens of bronze mining and smelting sites and bronze cultural relics.


Tianjing Lake is located in down, on the north side of the Changjiang Xi Lu. Mounds naturally divide it into the east, west and north lake. There are in total seven hills encircling the lake and within the scenic area, new spots and historic relics compliment each other perfectly. 

River Dolphin Nature Reserve is a conservation center specifically for the Baiji Dolphin (Yangtze River Dolphin). Specimen halls and aquaria established in the center are for education research and sightseeing. Not only the river dolphins are on display, giant salamanders, Japanese brocade carp, Yangtze alligators and Chinese sturgeon are all on display.

Other Scenic Spots: Luosi Mountain, Jinniudong Historic Mine Site  

How to Travel to Tongling

1. Tongling Railway Station is located in Yi'an Bei Lu of Shizishan District, primarily operating trains to and from Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou.
2. The Hefei-Tongling-Huangshan Expressway has now opened providing access from Hefei to Tongling in two hours with a little over an additional hour's drive to travel to Mt. Huangshan.

Note: The city has a busy road transport network with nine expressways passing through it. It is also known as the north gate to the famous Mt. Jiuhua and Mt. Huangshan.



With a subtropical monsoon climate, Tongling features temperate and humid weather, wet in spring and summer, a dry autumn and moderate winter. With the four seasons, being quite distinct, spring and autumn are relatively short. The annual average temperature falls around 16 degree centigrade (61 degree Fahrenheit), but is extremely cold usually in February. 

 When to Go: Autumn is the most comfortable season to visit it.     

Tongling Travel Tips

 History: Prior to the Qin government putting it under the control of Zhang Shire, it ruled was successively by several kingdoms. It is a time-honored copper-rich land in China, with a history dating back three thousand years. It is renowned as one of the birthplaces of Chinese bronze age culture, and its copper smelting history can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty (16th -11th century BC) and attained its prosperity during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).          
 Physical Features: It lies in a region of plains and hills along the Yangtze River. The terrain is flat to the north with an alluvial plain. Low mountains lie to the south and southeast parts of the city, and a hilly region is primarily in the central.               

 Special Local Products: ginger in syrup, Yequeshe tea, Shun'an crunchy candy, archaized bronze vessel 
- Last updated on May. 17, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Tongling Travel
Asked by Vince from USA | Mar. 20, 2023 21:03Reply
Where can I find hotel info in Tongling
I plan to visit Tongling in July. Can someone advise on where I can stay for 2 nights? I prefer 4+ star hotels if possible. How is the weather in Tongling in early July? Many thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Vicky | Mar. 21, 2023 18:38

The 4-star Tongdu International Hotel is recommended. It's close to city center and newly decorated in 2019.

It's hot there in July and it rains more often than in other months.
Asked by Janet Botha from SOUTH AFRICA | Mar. 01, 2018 09:10Reply
I am relocating from South Africa to Tongling City at the end of March.
Hi There,

Can you advise on the weather at the beginning of April, and how soon will it change into the next season? What is the next season? Should I need to buy different clothes are there markets or malls around the city or would I have to travel to shop? Should I need to travel where would be the best way and how?
Answers (1)
Answered by Loki from NORWAY | Mar. 01, 2018 21:08

Based on the former data, it may be a little cold and the temperature is around 10-20C.
Later in May, the city will embrace the early summer. You can prepare some t-shirts, dress and sneakers.
For the clothes, you can buy in the local malls, like Baida Shopping Center in 785 Middle Changjiang Rd,Tongguan Dis., Zhongyang Shopping Mall in 917 Middle Changjiang Rd. It’s convenient to take a bus or taxi in the city.
Hope it helps!
Asked by Er C S from MALAYSIA | Aug. 24, 2017 08:50Reply
I plan to tongling city next month. Is there speed train available from either shanghai or suzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kris from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 24, 2017 21:31

Yes, both Shanghai and Suzhou Station provide the high speed trains.
You can take the high speed train from Shanghai Station directly to the city, which takes about 3h 40 minutes and CNY324 for a first class seat and CNY 202.5 for a second one.
It takes around 3 hours and CNY262.5 for a first seat, CNY163.5 for a second one from Suzhou Station.
Asked by Ms.RAJARAVI | Oct. 05, 2013 04:40Reply
Tongling visit
during February 2014 I want to go to TL City- Anhui province. From India. Airport Chennai .

Please Inform me about the Climate ,Clothing Mode Of Travel, nearest Airport, From Shanghai How To reach?

Answers (1)
Answered by Avatar from SINGAPORE | Oct. 06, 2013 04:21

The average temperature at that time is around 3 to 10C during that time and it will be humid then.
The most used transportation method is the local public bus and the nearest airport is the Hefei Xinqiao International airport.
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