Hefei

About Hefei Travel

Introduction:Hefei, lying between Yangtze River and Huaihe River and boarding o­n the Chao Lake, is the provincial capital as well as the center of politics, economy, culture, education, tourism ..

Districts: Hefei Anqing Bangbu Bozhou Caohu Fuyang Huainan Huangshan Jiuhuashan Jiu'anshan Xuzhou Tianzhushan Wuhu Chuzhou Liu'an Tongling Chizhou Huaibei Guangde Guichi

Attractions: the ruins of Gugeng Anhui museum Wuwangdun ancient grave Dachendun ruins Ring Park Longcheng ruins the wuli fly rainbow Xiaoyaojin Park Beauty of Baohe Siding hill

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Hefei Introduction

Hefei, lying between Yangtze River and Huaihe River and boarding o­n the Chao Lake, is the provincial capital as well as the center of politics, economy, culture, education, tourism and transportation of Anhui Province. With an overall area of 7,266 square kilometers and a population of 4,450,000, Hefei has a jurisdiction over Changfeng County, Feidong County, Feixi County and Yaohai Area, Luyang Area, Shushan Area, and Baohe Area, among which the urban areas cover 596 square kilometers and have a population of 1,550,000.
Hefei enjoys a long history of more than 2000 years and was established as a county in the Qin Dynasty. Hefei has been called "the gate to southern China and the throat to the Huaihe River" and "the first county of southern China and the major junction of Wu and Chu (the State of Wu and the State of Chu two  dynasties of the Spring and Autumn periopd in ancient China)". Since ancient times, Heifei had been a place of military importance and generation of military strategists always vied for dorminance of it.
Crowned as "Green City", Hefei features a distinctive garden style; dotted with the cities are various gardens. In 1992, Hefei was awarded as o­ne of the first national "Garden Cities", and in 1999 it was honored as the "Excellent Tourism City in China". Hefei has beautiful natural scenery and numerous places of interests.  The best time for visit is from April to October.
Hefei is o­ne of the scientific and educational hubs in central China. The city has  30 universities such as University of Science and Technology of China, Anhui University, and Hefei University of Technology; and also more than 200 research organizations such as Hefei College of Chinese Academy of Sciences, etc., and nearly 200,000 science and technology staff.

Hefei Traffic

Air
Hefei Luogang Airport, a large modern international airport, is 12 kilometers away from the south of the city and has more than 30 airlines directly to Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen and so o­n and also has regular flights directly to Hongkong.
The bus No.11 at the railway station can direct to the airport. Inquiring telephone number: 3633491
Tickets Telephone: 2821198  2612586  2655030
Civil Aviation (CAAC) Hefei Tickets Center: 2886626  2886661
Civil Aviation Freight Transportation: 3401211
East Airlines Tickets Office: 2822357

Train
Huainan Railways (multiple tracks) run north and south. It reaches Bengbu in the north and connects with the Jing-Hu (from Beijing to Shanghai) railway line and the Long-Hai (from Lianyungang to Qinghai) railway line; and it reaches Wuhu in the south and connects with Gan-Wan (from Guixi in Jiangxi Province to Wuhu in Anhui Province), Ning-Wu (from Nanjing to Wuhu) and Xuan-Hang (from Xuancheng to Hangzhou) railway lines. The second passage of Eastern China, i.e. the Hangzhou-Wuhu-Hefei-Fuyang railway line, and the He-Jiu (from Hefei to Jiujiang) railway line have already been built and put into use. From Hefei Tourists can arrive in those major cities in China such as Beijing and Shanghai, etc..
The West Railway Station of Hefei is situated in the west end of Wangjiang Road (Tourists can take a No.111 bus there at the square of the railway station).
New Hefei Railway Station: 4211113-21222
New Hefei Railway Station Information Counter: 2121222
Tickets: 2847937  2640000
West Railway Station of Hefei: 5571833
Complaint Telephone: 2623456 

Bus
Hefei has become the highways transportation center in Anhui Province and has direct buses to places like Shanghai and Nanjing and 13 different cities and places and other 42 counties in Anhui Province. 3 bus stations for passenger transportation are available in Hefei.
Hefei (long distance) Bus Station: 0551-4299111
Anhui Feiyan Fast Passenger Transportation Station: 0551-2848980
Hefei Tourism Bus Station: 0551-4293644 
Tickets: 2814144
Public Transportation Head Office Agency for Catering Buses: 4465948
Hefei Public Passenger Transportation Station: 2643802
Hefei Jinhu Transportation Company: 2652406

Boat
There are 3 natural navigation channels inside Hefei, namely, Southern Feihe River, Paihe River and Fenglehe River, which all originate from the watershed of the Yangtze River and the Huaihe River and belong to the branches water system of Yangtze River. Hefei Port is o­ne of the planning inland river navigation centers of the ten national economic areas and is listed as an important port of the Yangtze River system which to be first developed (however, there is practically no passenger transportation here).

Local transport
Given that more than 90 bus lines are available in the downtown area, it is very convenient for the tourists to go around the city by public transportation. The buses from No.1 to No.47 and No.201 of the east bus lines and No.202 of the west bus lines are big o­nes and all charge 1 yuan per person, while those from No.101 to No. 247 are small o­nes. There are buses to all the scenic spots in the downtown area. The starting charge for the taxies is 5 yuan by day and 6 yuan at night.

Hefei Festivals

      The Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese people and is when all family members get together, just like Christmas in the West. All people living away from home go back, becoming the busiest time for transportation systems of about half a month from the Spring Festival. Airports, railway stations and long-distance bus stations are crowded with home returnees.
The Spring Festival falls o-n the 1st day of the 1st lunar month, often o-ne month later than the Gregorian calendar. It originated in the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600 BC-c. 1100 BC) from the people's sacrifice to gods and ancestors at the end of an old year and the beginning of a new o-ne.
Strictly speaking, the Spring Festival starts every year in the early days of the 12th lunar month and will last till the mid 1st lunar month of the next year. Of them, the most important days are Spring Festival Eve and the first three days. The Chinese government now stipulates people have seven days off for the Chinese Lunar New Year.

      The Festival of Lanterns takes place at the end of the Chinese New Year Celebration, o-n the fifteenth day of the first moon.  Lanterns have been part of Chinese life for centuries so it's not surprising to see a festival of lanterns.   People usually hang lanterns in the gardens, outside the houses, and o-n the boats.  These lanterns are signposts to guide guests and spirits of ancestors to the Lunar celebration.  After a sumptuous fifteen-day feast, these lanterns light the way for the spirits back to the world beyond.
Silk, paper and plastic lanterns vary in shape and size and are usually multi-colored. Some are in the shapes of butterflies, birds, flowers, and boats.  Other are shaped like dragon, fruit and animal symbols of that year.  The most popular type of lantern is the "horse-racing" o-ne, in which figures or animals rotate around the vertical axis of the lantern.
The special food for the Lantern Festival is Yuen Sin or Tong Yuen.  These are round dumplings made with sticky rice flour.  They can be filled and served as a sweet snack or made plain and cooked in a soup with vegetables, meat and dried shrimp.  The round shape of the dumpling is a symbol of wholeness, completeness and unity.
The Lantern Festival is an occasion for families to get together and for everyone--young, old, rich and poor to have fun.

Hefei Service Telephones

Hefei Jiaying Travel Agency Ltd. Co.
Tel: 0551-0551-56291295629125
Fax: 0551-5629129
Huangshan Municipal Travel Bureau: 0559-2514091
Huangshan  Tourism Quality Supervision: 0559-2517464
She County Travel Bureau: 0559-6512663
Xiuning County Travel Bureau: 0559-7560038
Huizhou District Travel Bureau: 0559-3511670
Huanghan District Travel Bureau: 0559-8532445
Yixian County Travel Bureau: 0559-5522297
Tunxi District Travel Bureau: 0559-2512449
Qimen County Travel Bureau: 0559-4512326

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