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ANHUI
安徽

Anhui, “Wan” for short, is an inland province of China, and is geographically part of the East China region. Located across the basins of the Yangtze River and Huai River, it borders Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province, Shandong Province, Henan Province, Hubei Province and Jiangxi Province. Read More Below.


OVERVIEW

A nhui, “Wan” for short, is an inland province of China, and is geographically part of the East China region. Located across the basins of the Yangtze River and Huai River, it borders Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province, Shandong Province, Henan Province, Hubei Province and Jiangxi Province. The landscape of Anhui is dominated by plains, hills and low mountains. The regional cultures of Anhui present obvious differences, which are mainly divided into Hui Culture, Jianghuai Culture and the Culture of the Huai River; Anhui economically belongs to the central China economic zone.

T he provincial capital is Hefei. Anhui belonged to Jiangnan Province at the beginning of the Qing Dynasty. In the 6th year during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (AD 1667), Jiangnan Province was split apart as two separate provinces, Jiangsu Province (including Shanghai Municipality) and Anhui Province. The name “Anhui” comes from the combination of the first character of two prefectures’ names at that time: Anqing and Huizhou. The abbreviation for Anhui is called “Wan” for short, since the capital Anqing was the State of Wan in ancient times and there were Mount Wan and Wan River within the territory. With the Yangtze River as the boundary, Anhui is split into two regions: Wanbei (North Anhui) and Wannan (South Anhui). Hefei, Suzhou, Huaibei, Bozhou, Fuyang, Huainan, Bengbu, Chuzhou, Chaohu, Lu’an and Anqing fall into the jurisdiction of Wanbei while Huangshan, Chizhou, Tongling, Xuancheng, Wuhu and Ma’anshan belong to Wannan. Anhui has splendid scenery and rich cultural relics.

I t is one of the provinces that own the most abundant tourism resources in China. It currently owns five national key scenic spots, of which, Mount Huangshan is the model for Anhui’s landscape. Anhui, located in the southeast of China, is an inland province crossing the rivers and close to the sea. It has magnificent mountains, a galaxy of talents, fragrant rice and fat fish, and numerous rivers. Lake Chao, one of the five largest freshwater lakes in China, is located in Anhui. The lake lies between the Yangtze River and the Huai River, and has long been reputed as the “Land of Plenty” in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on both sides of the Huai River.

GEOGRAPHY

GEOGRAPHY

A nhui is located in the inland of East China, crossing rivers and close to the sea. It lies across the Yangtze River and Huaihe River, bordering Jiangsu and Zhejiang on the east, Hubei and Henan on the west, Jiangxi on the south, and Shandong on the north.

OVERVIEWCLIMATE

CLIMATE

A nhui is located in the transitional area between warm temperate zone and subtropical zone. The Huaihe River is an iconic dividing line for Anhui climate. The area to the north of the Huaihe River features a warm temperate semi-moist monsoon climate while the area to the south of the Huaihe River features a subtropical humid monsoon climate. The lowest temperature in January is -1°C to -4°C, and the annual average temperature is 14°C to 17°C. The average highest temperature in July is 27°C to 29°C. The extreme highest temperature is 43.3°C (August 9, 1996, Huoshan County) and the extreme lowest temperature is -24.1°C (January 11, 1955, Shou County).

A nhui enjoys abundant precipitation with the annual volume of 700-1,200 mm. Rainfalls are concentrated in the Huangshan area and Dabie Mountain area. The overall rainfall in the Huangshan area is above 2,000mm. Therefore, tourists should pay attention to the rain when traveling to Huangshan. Due to the instability of the monsoon and the plum rains, the maximum and minimum precipitation in various places of the province can vary from 1 to 3 times above from year to year and the yearly change of monthly precipitation in summer is even greater, which often leads to drought and flood disasters.

T he drought disasters mostly happen in spring or summer in North Anhui, while summer or autumn may lead to drought disasters in the south of the Huaihe River. The flood disasters mostly occur along the basin of the Huaihe River, mainly in July and August, which is followed by the basin of the Yangtze River, mainly in June and July.

GEOGRAPHYCULTURE

CULTURE

E ndowed with charming sights with beautiful mountains and rivers, Anhui becomes more inspirational and flashing because of the footprints of writers and poets in the past dynasties. Among the landscape of Anhui implies and triggers a rich and profound cultural phenomenon. Its unique aesthetic value provides a perfect material for the creation of the Chinese landscape literature and landscape paintings. As a world cultural and natural heritage, Mount Huangshan is a worthy representative of the Chinese landscape culture. It is known as the inspiration of the Chinese landscape paintings. Li Bai, a poetic genius in the Tang Dynasty, had traveled in Anhui for more than ten times and written more than 140 poems. An Account of the Old Toper’s Pavilion written by Ouyang Xiu, a literary giant in the Song Dynasty in Mount Langya of Chuzhou City has become a model for the Chinese proses, setting an example for scholar-officials.

CLIMATETOURIST SEASON

TOURIST SEASON

T he annual average frost-free period in Anhui is 228 days, and the annual average humidity is 77%. The best season for traveling in Anhui varies according to different conditions. Though the best traveling time is roughly from April to November, tourists can decide according to their own preferences. Mount Huangshan is a representative of the tourist attractions in Anhui. It has beautiful sceneries all the year round. Relatively speaking, however, the peak season for Mount Huangshan tour is from April to November. Mount Huangshan is characterized in that different weathers have different charms. You can see gorgeous trees once it snows, view empty valleys and hear the soughing of the wind in the pines everywhere after it gets windy, enjoy legendary pines and picturesque rocks in sunny days, watch the changing sea of clouds in cloudy days, and see flowing fountains and waterfalls in rainy days.

CULTURE