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Hefei Travel Guide

china-anhui-mapSituated in the center of Anhui Province, Hefei is a hinterland city which is in the vicinity of Chaohu Lake and between the Yangtze and Huaihe Rivers. Thanks to the water surrounding it, the city is proud of its enticing natural scenery. Hefei is the capital city of Anhui Province. Covering an area of 7,266 square kilometers, it is the key tourist city of the whole province and the best place to know about the brilliant Anhui culture.

Facts of Hefei

Chinese Name: 合肥市 (hè féi shì)
Resident Population: 5.01 million
Area: 7029.48 square kilometers (about 4,368 square miles)
Resident Population: 5.01 million
Area Code: 0551
Zip Code: 230000

History of Hefei

The ancient Hefei City, with a long history of over 2,000 years, was also nicknamed 'Luzhou' or 'Luyang' because it was under the governance of Luzhou prefecture in the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties. The city is the political, economic and cultural center of Anhui Province and has played an important role in commercial transactions since ancient times. 
Hefei is a scientific and educational city and boasts of many talents both past and present, such as the famous upright officer Lord Bao in Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) along with the Nobel Prize for Physics winner, Yang Zhenning, whose hometown is Hefei. The University of Science and Technology of China, and the Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences are both located here. There is no doubt that talented people in the city are foremost in China.

Geography of Hefei

Hefei is a beautiful city with good surroundings - the Huaihe River flows to its north, to its south is Yangtze River, and to its south- east lies the Chaohu Lake with its expansive blue waters. As is known, every city in China has a city tree and a city flower and, in the case of this city, the Yulan tree is its city tree and the sweet-scented osmanthus, pomegranate flower is its city flower.

What to see in Hefei?

Due to its good surroundings and long history, many natural and cultural places of interests such as Chaohu Lake,Memorial Temple of Lord Bao and Sanhe Ancient Town can be found here.

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            Chaohu Lake         Sanhe Ancient Town     Memorial Temple of Lord Bao

When to visit Hefei?

Hefei is the capital city of Anhui Province, lying between the Yangtze River and Huaihe River. Its climate is characterized by a subtropical monsoon type with four distinct seasons. The average annual temperature is about 15.7C (60.2F), with a high temperature of 38C (100F) in summer and a low temperature of -21C (69F) in winter.

Hefei climate in spring (March to April) is quite warm, but is prone to fluctuation. Although the natural landscape may be the most beautiful in spring, the rainy days make it not a suitable time to visit. The average temperature of summer (May to August) is about 28C (82F). The climate is not very hot compared with other cities in China, but it is also a rainy season. The plum rains-a period of unsettled weather with frequent, soaking rains- are a prominent feature in the summer of the city. Starting at the very beginning of June and ending at the end of July, it offers abundant rainfall for the place but causes some trouble for travel meanwhile. Do not forget to take your rain gear with you due to this special weather.
Compared with the other three seasons, autumn (August to October) may be the best time to have a visit, because the weather is quite favorable with crisp fall days. The winter (November to February) is a little bit cold with an average temperature of -10C (50F), so you will have to be prepared with scarf and warm clothing when you go there.

How to get there?

Hefei City is located in the centre part of East China, and its transportation system is well-developed. With the whole city's transportation system linked by airport, railway and highway, a solid transportation network is at your service. Due to its fast development in recent years, transportation within and around the city is very convenient, especially for tourists.

Hefei Xinqiao International Airport   

Hefei Railway Station 

Hefei South Railway Station

Metro in Hefei 

Hefei Transportation

Hefei Travel Tips

To better understand the ingrained culture of the city, you have to watch the performances of the Lu Opera. Lu Opera is a popular local opera which originated in this area. It became an independent style of opera in the era of Emperor Jiaqing of the Qing Dynasty and evolved from many artistic forms such as folk songs and folk dances. The arias are rich and various, and the performance is vivid. 'Natural and simple' is what makes Lu Opera a popular drama appreciated by all. It is really a highlight you should never miss when visiting this city.

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