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Anhui Province is located at the hinterland of East China, crossing the Yangtze River and the middle and lower reaches of the Huaihe River. To the east, it links with Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces; to the west, it adjoins Hubei and Henan provinces; to the south it borders Jiangxi Province; and to the north it backs on Shandong Province. It is the cradle of Chinese civilization, and home to the famous Huaihe River culture and the Hui culture. 

Here originated the Jian'an Literature, the Tongcheng Literary School and Xin'an Culture. Furthermore, Anhui is known as the land of traditional drama and opera represented by Hui Opera, Huangmei Opera and Flower Drama Dance which are shining points in Chinese traditional cultre. It brought up Hui Merchants that had been acclaimed in the business field for 300 years and China's first steam engine, merchanical ship and telephone were produced in Anhui. All the achievements opened a new page for China's commercial and modern industrial civilization. Anhui ancient cultural masters had exerted a far-reaching influence on the course of Chinese cultural development, such as Lao Zi, founder of Taoism, Huatuo, a magical doctor of the Eastern han Dynasty ( 25 - 220 AD) and Cao Cao, an excellent strategist, politician and poet of Three Kindoms.(220-280) 

Anhui province is such a place combining natural landscapes with cultural heritages. It is like a garden gathering magnificent mountains and rivers and fascinating cultural relics throughout the province. The plain on the north of Anhui is vast and fertile, whild in the middle area between the Yangtze River and the Huaihe River lies the network of rivers and lakes and the chain of undulating hills. The Dabie Mountain area maintains good eco-environment. The mountain area in South Anhui boasts beautiful mountains and lush plantaion. In Anhui, there are two world cultural heritage sites, five national historic and cultural cities, 10 national scenic and historic interest areas and 31 national scenic areas rated above AAAA level. The recommended sightseeing list in Anhui would include Mt. Huangshan, a world cultural and natural heritage and    world geopark, the Buddist mountain Mt. Jiuhua, Mt. Qiyun, one of China's famous Taoist immortal mountains, Tianzhu mountain, the ancient Nanyue (one of the famous Buddist holy mountains), the Xin'an River reputed as a gallery of beauty on water, and the ancient villages in southern Anhui - Xidi and Hongcun. The rich tourism resources of Anhui are described by two old sayings clearly as "The Wanjiang River suges 800 li (1 li: 0.5 kilometer), the Huaihe River has a history of 5,000 years." and "Nowhere can be called dreamland once you come to Huizhou, no mountain is worthy of being visited once you trabel to Mt. Huangshan." 

Hefei City

Hefei, capital of Anhui Province, has an area of some 7,029.48 square km and a population of 4.8 million. It is the hometown of Bao Zheng (999-1062), a famously impartial official in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Hefei, known as a city half covered with mountain and half with lake, combines the delicate beauty of the Yangtze and Huaihe rivers and blends the flavor of South and North of China. It is a place where traditions coexist with the modern, and natural landscapes exist side by side with historical sites. It enjoys the reputation of being a garden city as well as the "city most suitabe for people to live in". Hefei was among the first group of national garden cities approved by the state. 

Jiuhua Mountain Scenic Area

Jiuhua Mountain Scenic Area

 As a national AAAAA scenic area, the mountain, located in Chizhou, is famous for its breathtakingly beautiful natural landscape and the profound Buddist culture. It is even reputed as "Lotus Flower Buddist Kingdom". There are many peaks and grotesque rocks. The nine main peaks look like lotuses in different shapes each with its own style. The image of sleeping Buddha naturally formed by endless peaks represents the harmonious fusion of natural landscape and Buddhist culture. 

Mount Huangshan Scenic Area

Mount Huangshan Scenic Area

It is a national AAAAA scenic area. Called Mount Yishan in ancient times, Mount Huangshan is sixty-nine kilometers from Tunxi, the center of Huangshan City. It is characterized by the four wonders, namely, odd-shaped pines, protesque rock formation, seas of clouds and crystal-clear hot springs.

Each of the grotesque pines on Mount Huangshan has its romatic charm. The oddly shaped rocks are natural and vivid. The ever-changing cloud sea is spectacular. And the clear hot spring is drinkable. Sceneries in each seasons on the mountain are distinctive. In spring, the mountain is as new, fresh and tender as a maiden. In summer, the charmm of the cool green mountain sides is hard to resist. In autumn, the mountain is colorful, and the winter snowy Mount Huangshan is like a crystal palace. 

 

Tangyue Archway group and Bao Family Garden

Tangyue Archway group and Bao Family Garden

Lying in the Tangyue Village of Fujie Township, Shexian County, the Tangyue Archway Group is a key historical monument under state protection. There are seven memorial archways winding their various ways into a group, both simple and elegant. They are arranged in order of loyalty, filial peity, moral integrity and justice, with the last in the middle. Around the ancient memorial archways are the ancestral temples, old residential houses and ancient pabilions. The ancient architectural structures, coupled with the beauty of the countryside, have made this site a popular location for filming movies and television dramas. 

Located close to the Tangyue Archway Group, the Bao Family Garden is a traditional Chinese private garden combining the typical ancient Huizhou-style with a potted landscape unique also to Huizhou. Known as the Mother of the Oriental Potted Landscape, the Garden has been formally applied for inclusion on the list of World Intangible Cultural Heritage Sites, as well as the Guinness Book of World Records. The Garden covers an area of 24 hectares and houses nearly 10,000 potted landscapes. The latter incorporates the finest examples of potted landscapes of different schools both at home and abroad, and abounds in rare plants from far and near. The Garden, with all its unique features, is the largest and most beautiful aristocratic manor of the Huizhou merchants.