Hefei is the capital city of China’s Anhui region, offering visitors the ultimate location to learn about this unique provincial culture, with myriad historic landmarks and heritage attractions. Whilst it has gained a reputation as more of a commercial centre than a tourist destination, the city has had much investment in its cultural attractions and restoration of its heritage landmarks. As such, this enigmatic city is fast becoming one of China’s best city-breaks - a perfect mix of striking urban architecture and impressive natural backdrops, visitors will find there is no shortage of both indoor and outdoor activities.
Like most major Chinese cities, Hefei welcomes a huge amount of visitors each year. It, therefore, has plenty to offer when it comes to choosing accommodation. If you are planning an extended stay in Hefei, then you may find the city’s superb offering of serviced apartments provide the ideal home-from-home environment in which to enjoy your stay. Whether you are looking for a luxury apartment or functional corporate housing, these properties offer many of the advantages of a traditional hotel, such as room cleaning services and reception areas, whilst also giving you the convenience of your own space - including full kitchen facilities, for those looking to self-cater.
Hefei is a city that begs to be explored. The Anhui region has its own distinctive culture and Hefei offers visitors the chance to explore its sights, sounds and flavours. However, the city also has plenty of ‘western’ style attractions, and visitors will find familiar chains on the high streets - as well as bars and nightspots catering to tourists.
The city is justifiably proud of its high-culture offerings, with the Lu Opera being a popular attraction for both locals and visitors, due to its selection of shows as well as its historical importance Hefei also has plenty of museums dedicated to local heritage, as well as stunning examples of historic architecture.
Those who enjoy exploring nature will also not be found wanting - Hefei finds itself nestled between several national parks and places of outstanding natural beauty, as well as offering several inner-city parks and, of course, the impressive Chaohu lake. However you choose to spend your time, you will find Hefei a unique and impressive destination with lots to offer even the most intrepid traveller.
Hefei offers visitors a huge selection of restaurants - serving both regional and international cuisines. Luzhou Taitai, Yue Restaurant, Guanchu Restaurant and Xihu Lanbao are all great options if you want to try out local specialities, whilst anyone hoping for something more familiar will find Babela's Kitchen serves a great selection of Italian dishes. There are also familiar fast food places, such as Burger King and Pizza Hut.
As a modern Chinese city, Hefei as plenty of great places to shop. Beijing Hualian, Wanda square and Wanhuan Shopping Plaza are all expansive, centrally located complexes offering a huge selection of global fashion brands, homewares and electronics goods as well as a good selection of services and restaurants. Alternatively, those shopping for groceries will find everything they need at Hualian Supermarket.
Hefei is gradually carving out a name for itself as one of the most exciting cities to visit in the Anhui region, thanks to its diverse attractions. Chao Lake is a popular landmark, surrounded by temples and ornate gardens, including the striking Zhong Miao temple and its grounds. In the city itself, there’s the Anhui Provincial Museum, which offers insight into the region’s distinctive culture and heritage.
It’s easy to get around in Hefei thanks to the city’s extensive public transport network. There are three railway stations, providing overground routes to all the major areas and surrounding suburbs, as well as services to the nearby cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and Ningbo. Comprehensive bus network also operates throughout the city, offering a reliable and highly cost-effective means of travelling around the metropolitan area.
Hefei has a strong and diverse economy, supported by production and manufacturing of electronics, steel, textiles, and cigarettes, among others. Hefei ECM Machinery, Sungrow Power Supply and Hongtu Steel are some of the major players in the manufacturing sector, whilst Hefei Mosen Electronic Commerce and Anhui Huicom are also major employers based locally. The healthcare sector is also strong, with firms such as AMC Industries and Hefei Huatai Medical Equipment.
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