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Tongling Introduction

Tongling is located in the south of Anhui province and at the southern bank of lower reaches of Yangtze River. It is 120kilometers from Hefei, the capital of the province. The highway route from Xuzhou to Huangshan crosses the river o­n Tongling Yangtze River Bridge.
Tongling is a place with affluent land and rich natural resources, especially famous for its abundant stock of mineral resources and complete mineral varieties.

Tongling Traffic

Airways
Tongling city has no airport itself and the nearest o­ne is Luogang Airport of Hefei. There are flights from every corner of the country to Hefei.
Inquiry call of Hefei Luogang Airport: 0551-3401200

Highways
Tongling has very convenient transportation. The freeway from Hefei to Tongling has been opened to traffic in 2005 with the total distance of about 500kms. The freeway from Wuhu to Tongling will be run in the whole city in 2007. At the same time, the Huangshan to Tongling freeway that is under construction will be accomplished in 2007, too. From Tongling , you can directly reach cities like Hefei and Shanghai.
Tongling Long Distance Bus Station Inquiry Call: 0562-2814761

Local transportation
12 bus lines and two special lines, i.e. No.310,312 have been opened to traffic in Tongling, which can fulfill the basic transportation needs of the city. The earliest running time is 5:40 and the latest is 22:30.
In the mean time, many taxi corporations can provide short-term car-rental services in Tongling.
Anhui Car and Commercial Trading Taxi-rental Company       
Contact call: 0562-5825111

Tongling 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.

Tongling Service Telephones

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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