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Anhui is a rather impoverished province in south-central China, three hours by high-speed rail from Shanghai and a world away from that booming megacity. Anhui's attractions are its mountains and villages, especially those on the UNESCO World Heritage list (Huangshan, Hongcun, Xidi). The capital, Heifei, has good air and rail links to the rest of China and a handful of international brand hotels, but little to linger over beyond the tombs in Lord Bao Park. Anhui's main attraction is Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain), perhaps the most beautiful mountain in all of China and well worth exploring via its steep trails and cable cars. The town of ...

Anhui is a rather impoverished province in south-central China, three hours by high-speed rail from Shanghai and a world away from that booming megacity. Anhui's attractions are its mountains and villages, especially those on the UNESCO World Heritage list (Huangshan, Hongcun, Xidi). The capital, Heifei, has good air and rail links to the rest of China and a handful of international brand hotels, but little to linger over beyond the tombs in Lord Bao Park. Anhui's main attraction is Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain), perhaps the most beautiful mountain in all of China and well worth exploring via its steep trails and cable cars. The town of Tunxi is the gateway to the Yellow Mountain and to a number of picturesque water villages. Most popular among these is Hongcun, a World Heritage Site of interlaced canals, cobblestone lanes, and Qing-dynasty mansions. On the same track is tiny Xidi, a quiet return to the Old China that has seen plenty of touristic development but retains its Ming-dynasty charms. Similar time-capsule villages in the area include Bishan and the even less-frequented rural outpost of Zhaji.

J.D. Brown
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J.D. Brown is a contributor to Frommer's China and Frommer's Beijing, coauthor of Frommer's China: The 50 Most Memorable Trips, Berlitz Shanghai, Berlitz Singapore, and other books.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Anhui is a province in the People's Republic of China, located in eastern China across the basins of the Yangtze River and the Huai River.
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Currency: Chinese Yuan
  • Research: Hefei | Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Semi-tropical Anhui Province has four seasons. Winters can be icy cold and summers swelteringly hot, making late spring and late autumn the best times to visit.