Hefei is the capital city of Anhui province. It is located in the central part of China. With superior position that stands between Yangtze River and Huai River, Hefei is just next to the Yangtze River Delta region. As an ancient city, Hefei is the key tourist city of the whole province and the best place to know more about Anhui culture. Hefei is the political, economic and cultural center and the city played an important role in commercial transactions since ancient times. With long-term history and good surroundings, many natural and cultural tourist sites could be found in the city, such as Bao Gao Park, Xiaoyaojin Park and Huancheng Park are located in the Hefei urban area, while Mt. Dashu, Mt. Zipeng, and Huiyuan Theme Park in suburban Hefei are all good places in the area.
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Best Season of Hefei Tour
With four distinct seasons Hefei has a subtropical monsoon climate. The coldest month is January and the hottest month is July. The annual average temperature is 15.7C. Rainfalls always appear during summer time. And temperature varies a lot both in spring and autumn, while winter is cold in Hefei. The best time to visit Hefei is April to October. The weather during those months is good and the natural sceneries are most beautiful, too.
Time Zone: East 8 time zone
Clothes and other Staffs to Pack
Long-sleeve and light coat is enough for spring and autumn. Since there will be some rain in summer, an umbrella or a raincoat in necessary during this season. Winter in Hefei is little cold, take warm clothes to keep warm. Down jacket and sweater is ok. Scarf and hat can be wearing, too. Last but not the least, wearing a pair of comfortable shoes is necessary in any season and any time, it will be helpful when you go out for sightseeing.
Accommodation of Hefei Tour
Hefei city could provide more than sixty star rating hotels for he travelers. Hotels ranging from five stars to three stars are all available for the different needs of different guests. Also we have some budget hotels for the backpacker and budget travelers. All the hotels include some budget hotels are completely facilitated and with elegant designation, even you are stay in a small hotel the services will also be great. It is recommended that visitors make reservation in advance in the tourist season.
Traffic: Ways to Get in Hefei
--Heifei Luogang International Airport is the only airport in the city. It is located in the south part of Hefei city, about twelve kilometers away from downtown area. Hefei Luogang International Airport is a modern airport that has flights departs to more than twenty domestic cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Dalian, Chengdu, Xian, Wuhan, Shenyang, Changchun, Harbin, Hangzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Wenzhou, Anqing, and Huangshan, etc. Also there are flights depart to Hong Kong.
--There are tow railway stations in Hefei city. They are Hefei Railway Station and Hefei Western Railway Station. There are trains goes to Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Chengdu, Nanchang, etc. in Hefei Railway Station. While Hefei Western Railway Station have trains goes to Anqing, Bengbu, Wuhu, Haozhou, Huangshan, etc.
--Long distance buses are good choice for short way travel. Hefei Long-distance Bus Station, Jinhu Expressway Autobus Station, Hefei Feiyan Bus Station and Anhui Provincial Tour Bus Station are the stations for bus in Hefei.
Internal Transport: Travelers can take bus and taxi to get around in Hefei city. Currently there are around 100 bus lines in Hefei City. The bus runs between 06:00 to 22:00 everyday. City bus is convenient and economic for your travel and they can take you to most of the scenic spots in the city.
Taxis in Hefei city are also convenient, too. They are fast and more privacy relatively. Santana and Fukang are the common motorcycle type in Hefei. They are not so expensive, but it will charge more if you are taking them at night.
Hefei Tour Tips
Time: Better avoid the period from May 1 to May 7 and October 1 to October 7 because there is long national vacation in China, it will be so crowd in Hefei and also all around the nation, so pick a good time outside that.
Food: Food in Hefei is belonging to Anhui cuisine. Anhui Cuisine is one of the famous eight cuisines in China. Located between the Yangtze River Delta regions, dishes in Hefei are large influenced by the surrounding areas but still remain some characteristic of it own. Special dishes in Hefei are Lord Bao Fish, Caocao Chicken, Grape Shape Fish, Stir-Fried Shrimp and Luzhou Roast Duck. Moreover, Li Hognzhang Hodgepodge cuisine is a must-taste cuisine in Hefei. It is said that this dish was an invention of the Li Hongzhang's chef once when Li Hongzhang treated some American guests. It is fragrant and tastes delicious. In addition, Hogngao, Mabing, Baiqie, Cunjin are nice snacks worth to taste in Hefei.
All local foods and snacks could be found in Ning guo road and Xuancheng road. They are two famous food streets in Hefei. Here are some local restaurants to recommend:
Huangshan Hui Cuisine Restaurant (No.1178 Changjiang Road)
Small Hui Cuisine Restaurant (No.534 Meiling Avenue)
Nanyue Seafood Restaurant (No.73 Rongshida Avenue)
Jinyuan Seafood Restaurant (No.30 Xiyuan Road)
Zuigao Tai Restaurant
Shu Wang Hot Pot
Jinmanlou Dafuhao Restaurant
Water: Tap water in the hotel could not be drink directly.
·What to buy?
Shopping in Hefei is convenience and you can always find some good places and nice staff to purchase. Four Treasures of the study is famous in China refers to the four tools of Chinese calligraphy including brush, ink-stick, paper and ink-stone. In Hefei those could be purchase in Jin County and She County. Seafood is also good things to buy for taste. Anhui tea such as Maofeng is considered as one of the top ten green teas in China and also well-known overseas.
·Where to buy?
Four Treasures could be purchase in Zuimei Stationery on Changjiang Zhong Road, Lushan District. And fresh seafood and tea could be found in Baoba Hao on 130 Wanda Square, Maan Shan Road, Shushan District and 199 Changjiang Xi Road, Luyang District. Other commercial streets are Huaihe Lu Cultural and Commercial pedestrian Street, Vista International Plaza and Women’s Street.
Festivals and Customs: Festivals and customs in Hefei are almost the same with traditional Chinese festivals and customs. Spring Festival, Lantern Festival in January 15 on the lunar calendar, Tomb Sweeping Day, Dragon Boast Festival on the 5th day of the fifth month in Chinese lunar calendar, Mid-Autumn Festival on August 15 in the lunar calendar and Double Nine Festival on the ninth day of the ninth of Chinese lunar month will all be celebrated in Hefei.
Recreation in Hefei
Except go sightseeing and shopping during daytime there are more recreations at night in Hefei. Hefei's nightlife is centered at Ningguo North Road, also known as Lobster Street because of the numerous lobster restaurants located here. Chinese style relax way is enjoy the Lu opera in Lu Opera Troupe in Hefei city. Drinking tea is also indispensable way for relax in China, especially in Hefei—the city famous for its tea. For young people, there are some bars and clubs or KTV for entertainment.
--Here are some good places to recommend:
Hefei Guyu Tea House (middle district along Huizhou Road, Hefei City)
Hefei A Qingsao Tea House (No. 60, Lujiang Road, Hefei City)
YY Face bar (No. 77 Ma'anshan Road, Hefei City)
Hefei Kangni Cafes (No. 268, Jinzhai Road)
New York Western-style Food & Coffee House (No. 450 along Meiling Avenue, Hefei City)
Must-see Attractions of Hefei Tour
Chao Lake: Chao Lake is a famous lake situated in Hefei city. With the total coverage of 400 kilometers it is one of the five largest fresh-water lakes in China and is a national level scenic spot. It is renowned as the Oriental Geneva because of its convenient location in the Golden Triangle of Anhui. The shape of the lake is the bird’s nest hence it called Chao Lake. The lake has numerous tourist sites like Laoshan Island, Zhongmiao Temple, as well as three famous hot springs—Bantang, Tang Pool and Fragrant Spring, four national forest parks and five water-eroded caves.
Memorial Temple of Lord Bao: Lord Bao is a notable officer in the Northern Song Dynasty during 999 to 1062. He is well respected because of his excellent personality, fair-minded judgments and strict family education. Many temples of Lord Bao has been built after the death of this honorable officer, Memorial Temple of Lord Bao in Hefei is the most famous one among them. This temple lies in Baohe Park in the southeastern part of his hometown, Hefei City. The current appearance of the temple is the result of reconstruction in the Qing Dynasty.
Hefei Wild Animal Park: Hefei Wildlife Park is located merely ten kilometers away from downtown of the city. It is situated on Dashu Mountain. Its clear water and fresh and clean air make the visit so refreshing. The park has thick vegetation and over 2000 animals of 120 species including foreign animals, for instance, giraffe, hippopotamus, chimpanzee, zebra, kangaroo and flamingo. Also there have many domestic animals under the First-class national protection such as giant panda, Indian elephant, Siberian tiger, leopard, David’s deer and red-crowned crane. Moreover, there is a theater for lion show.
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