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Prefecture-level city
Hefei Skyline
Hefei Skyline
Location of Hefei City jurisdiction in Anhui
Location of Hefei City jurisdiction in Anhui
Hefei is located in China
Location in China
Country People's Republic of China
Province Anhui
County-level divisions 7
 • CPC Committee Secretary Wu Cunrong (吴存荣)
 • Mayor Zhang Qingjun (张庆军)
 • Prefecture-level city 11,434.25 km2 (4,414.79 sq mi)
 • Urban 838.5 km2 (323.7 sq mi)
 • Metro 5,127.1 km2 (1,979.6 sq mi)
Elevation 37 m (123 ft)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Prefecture-level city 7,457,027
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
 • Urban 3,310,268
 • Urban density 3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
 • Metro 5,031,123
 • Metro density 980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 230000
Area code(s) 551
Licence plate prefixes A
GDP (2009) CNY 210.2 billion
 - per capita CNY 41,543
Website .cn.govhefei
City flowers
Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora L.)
City trees
Sweet Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans Lour.)
Blossom of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.)
French Canadian
"Hefei", as written in Chinese
Chinese 合肥
Hanyu Pinyin Héféi
Postal Hofei
Literal meaning Junction of the (South) Fei Rivers
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 庐州
Traditional Chinese 廬州
Hanyu Pinyin Lúzhōu
Postal Luchow
Second alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 庐阳
Traditional Chinese 廬陽
Hanyu Pinyin Lúyáng
Third alternative Chinese name
Chinese 合淝
Hanyu Pinyin Héféi

Hefei (),[1] formerly known as Hofei, Luzhou, or Luchow, is the capital and largest city of Anhui Province in Eastern China.[2] A prefecture-level city, it is the political, economic, and cultural center of Anhui. Located in the central portion of the province, it borders Huainan to the north, Chuzhou to the northeast, Chaohu to the southeast and Lu'an to the west.

Hefei has an area of 11,434.25 km2 (4,414.79 sq mi) and, at the 2013 census, a population of 7,611,000 inhabitants. Its built-up area ("metro") was home to 5,031,123 inhabitants at the 2010 census encompassing all urban districts and Feidong and Feixi counties largely being urbanized.


Old Hefei Map with wall

From the 8th to the 6th century BC, Hefei was the site of many small states, later a part of the Chu kingdom. Many archaeological finds dating from this period have been made. The name Hefei was first given to the county set up in the area under the Han dynasty in the 2nd century BC. During the 4th to the 6th century AD, this crucial border region between northern and southern states was much fought over; its name and administrative status were consequently often changed. During the Sui (581–618) and Tang (618–907) periods, it became the seat of Lu prefecture—a title it kept until the 15th century, when it became a superior prefecture named Luzhou.

In the 3rd century AD, the famous Three Kingdoms battle, Battle of Xiaoyao Ford, was fought at what is currently Xiaoyao Ford (逍遙津) in Hefei. General Zhang Liao of the Kingdom of Wei commanding 800 picked cavalry defeated the 200,000-man army of the Kingdom of Wu. Several decades of warring in Hefei between Wu and Wei followed this battle.

The present city dates from the Song dynasty (960–1126), the earlier Hefei having been some distance farther north. During the 10th century, it was for a while the capital of the independent Wu kingdom (902–938) and was an important center of the Southern Tang state (937–975).

After 1127 it became a center of the defenses of the Southern Song dynasty (1126–1279) against the Jin (Jurchen) invaders in the Jin–Song wars, as well as a flourishing center of trade between the two states. When the Chinese Republic was founded in 1911, the superior prefecture was abolished, and the city took the name of Hefei. The city was known as Luchow or Liu-tcheou[3] (庐州, p Luzhou) during the Ming and Qing dynasties (after the 14th century to the 19th century). Hefei was the temporary capital for Anhui from 1853 to 1862. It was renamed as Hefei County in 1912. Following the Chinese victory in the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1945, Hefei was made the capital of Anhui.

Before World War II, Hefei remained essentially an administrative center and the regional market for the fertile plain to the south. It was a collecting center for grain, beans, cotton, and hemp, as well as a center for handicraft industries manufacturing cloth, leather, bamboo goods, and ironware.

The construction in 1912 of the TianjinPukou railway, farther east, for a while made Hefei a provincial backwater, and much of its importance passed to Bengbu. In 1932–36, however, a Chinese company built a railway linking Hefei with Yuxikou (on the Yangtze opposite Wuhu) to the southeast and with the Huai River at Huainan to the north. While this railway was built primarily to exploit the rich coalfield in northern Anhui, it also did much to revive the economy of the Hefei area by taking much of its produce to Wuhu and Nanjing.

Although Hefei was a quiet market town of only about 30,000 in the mid-1930s, its population grew more than tenfold in the following 20 years. The city's administrative role was strengthened by the transfer of the provincial government from Anqing in 1949, but much of its new growth derived from its development as an industrial city. A cotton mill was opened in 1958, and a thermal generating plant, using coal from Huainan, was established in the early 1950s. It also became the seat of an industry producing industrial chemicals and chemical fertilizers. In the late 1950s an iron and steel complex was built. In addition to a machine-tool works and engineering and agricultural machinery factories, the city has developed an aluminum industry and a variety of light industries. There are several universities based in the city.


Climate chart ()
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: CMA [4]

Hefei is located 130 kilometres (81 mi) west of Nanjing in south-central Anhui. Chao Lake, a lake 15 km (9 mi) southeast of the city, is one of the largest fresh water lakes nationally. However, the lake has unfortunately been polluted with nitrogen and phosphorus in recent decades.


Hefei features a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) with four distinct seasons. Hefei's annual average temperature is 15.83 °C (60.5 °F). Its annual precipitation is just under 1,000 millimetres (39 in), being heavier from May through August. Winters are damp and cold, with January lows dipping just below freezing and January averaging 2.6 °C (36.7 °F). The city sees irregular snowfalls that rarely turn significant. Springs are generally relatively pleasant if somewhat erratic. Summers here are oppressively hot and humid, with a July average of 28.1 °C (82.6 °F). In the months of June, July, August, and often September, daily temperatures can reach or surpass 37 °C (99 °F) with high humidity levels being the norm. Autumn in Hefei sees a gradual cooling and drying. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 35 percent in March to 50 percent in August, the city receives 1,902 hours of bright sunshine annually.Extreme temperatures have ranged from −20.6 °C to 41.0 °C.[5]

Climate data for Hefei (1971–2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.8
Average low °C (°F) −0.5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 35.9
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 8.0 8.5 12.2 10.6 10.7 11.2 12.1 10.0 8.8 8.7 7.6 5.4 113.8
Average relative humidity (%) 76 74 74 73 73 78 80 80 78 76 74 73 75.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 121.6 114.5 128.7 163.2 188.0 171.4 196.7 203.2 157.0 161.4 152.7 143.9 1,902.3
Percent possible sunshine 38 37 35 42 44 41 46 50 43 46 48 46 43
Source: China Meteorological Administration [4]

Air Pollution

Usually in May and June, air quality in Hefei diminishes. The city is blanketed by smog caused by the smoke generated as farmers outside the city burn their fields in preparation for planting the next crop. A dense wave of smog began in Hefei surrounding Anhui as well as other Chinese major cities including Shanghai and Tianjin.

Administrative divisions and demographics


The majority of the population in Hefei is Han Chinese. There are a small number of Hui Chinese living in the city, which is why there are few mosques in the city. There are over five million people in the city, of which some are migrant workers from other parts of Anhui.


The prefecture-level city of Hefei administers 9 county-level divisions, including 4 districts, 1 County-city and 4 counties.

Hefei subdivisions area (km²), population (According to 2010 Census) and population density (per km²).[6]

ISO 3166-2[7] English Chinese Pinyin Area in km2[8] Seat Postal code Subdivisions[9]
Subdistricts Towns Townships Ethnic townships Residential communities Villages
340100 Hefei 合肥市 Héféi Shì 11434.25 Shushan District 230000 45 65 19 1 736 1102
340102 Yaohai District 瑶海区 Yáohǎi Qū 142.90 Mingguang Road Subdistrict (明光路街道) 230000 13 2 1 118 18
340103 Luyang District 庐阳区 Lúyáng Qū 139.32 Bozhou Road Subdistrict (亳州路街道) 230000 11 1 84 14
340104 Shushan District 蜀山区 Shǔshān Qū 261.36 Sanli'an Subdistrict (三里庵街道) 230000 8 2 92 17
340111 Baohe District 包河区 Bāohé Qū 294.94 Luogang Subdistrict (骆岗街道) 230000 7 2 77 38
340121 Changfeng County 长丰县 Chángfēng Xiàn 1928.45 Shuihu (水湖镇) 231100 8 6 80 193
340122 Feidong County 肥东县 Féidōng Xiàn 2205.92 Dianbu (店埠镇) 231200 10 4 95 249
340123 Feixi County 肥西县 Féixī Xiàn 2082.66 Shangpai (上派镇) 231600 12 6 1 90 241
340124 Lujiang County 庐江县 Lújiāng Xiàn 2347.48 Lucheng (庐城镇) 231500 17 38 194
340181 Chaohu 巢湖市 Cháohú Shì 2031.22 Woniushan Subdistrict (卧牛山街道) 238000 6 11 1 62 138


The GDP per capita was ¥61,500 (ca. US$10,141) in 2013.

Before the Chinese civil war Hefei was a town whose main industry was agriculture. Soon after the founding of the People's Republic of China, the capital of Anhui was moved from Anqing to Hefei. To assist the development of the city, many talented people were sent in from other parts of the country. Modern-day Hefei has machinery, electronics, chemistry, steel, textile, and cigarette industries, among others.

In the summer of 2005, the municipal government implemented changes designed to beautify the city by demolishing thousands of illegally built structures, and clearing away long established marketplaces in many parts of the city. Overnight, longstanding businesses housed in flimsy structures that once lined many streets were gone. The impact on the local economy could be seen immediately as hundreds, if not thousands, of low paid workers no longer had employment.

On the other hand, these actions removed many unlicensed food stalls which had contributed to the spread of diseases that struck the city in the past. These changes also removed many unlicensed buildings that posed a fire hazard in the city.

Hefei has been identified by the Economist Intelligence Unit in the November 2010 Access China White Paper as a member of the CHAMPS (Chongqing, Hefei, Anshan, Ma'anshan, Pingdingshan and Shenyang), an economic profile of the top 20 emerging cities in China.[10]

Hefei has been identified by The Economist in the December 2012 as the world's No.1 fastest growing metropolitan economy.[11]


Motorists along Shengli Road
Yuan Yi Shidai Square adjacent to Fengyang Road

Hefei has been the provincial capital since 1949 (before it was Anqing) and is a natural center of transportation, being situated to the north of Lake Chao and standing on a low saddle crossing the northeastern extension of the Dabie Mountains, which form the divide between the Huai and Yangtze rivers. From Hefei there is easy water transport via the lake to the Yangtze River opposite Wuhu.

Important land routes run through Hefei: east–west from Pukou (opposite Nanjing in Jiangsu) to Xi'an (in Shaanxi) and north–south from Xuzhou (in Jiangsu) and Bengbu to Anqing (both in Anhui).

There are also two train stations in Hefei, the new one was built a few years ago and the old one is no longer used by the public.

In 2008 the thoroughfare Chang Jiang Road (Chinese: 长江路; pinyin: Chángjiāng lù) is undergoing a renovation project to widen the roads and to create a bus route in the center of the road, with bus stations at islands that are connected to the sidewalks by skyways. The First Ring Road is also undergoing construction, with traffic lights being replaced by overpasses and ramps built to connect the First Ring Road and all major intersecting roads. Both projects are intended to ease the traffic Hefei now experiences at rush hour.


Hefei Xinqiao International Airport replaced the old Hefei Luogang International Airport and started its operation on 30 May 2013. This new domestic aviation hub is located at Gaoliu Village, west Hefei City. The first arriving flight was China Eastern Airlines flight MU5172 from Beijing Capital International Airport. The first departing flight was China Eastern Airlines MU5468 to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Hefei Xinqiao International Airport provides scheduled passenger service to major airports in China and international cities as well. The international destinations include Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei (Taoyuan and Sung Shan), Kaohsiung, Seoul, Jeju, Singapore, Osaka and Bangkok.


The plan of "Hefei Subway line 1" has been recently approved by National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in July 2010. Hefei Subway will be a rapid transit rail network that serves both urban and rural areas of Hefei Municipality. As planned, it will cover a total distance of 24 kilometres (15 miles) starting from Hefei Railway Station. It is currently under construction and is expected to be finished by the end of 2016.

In February 2013, Subway Line 2 also began its construction. It is built alongside with the Changjiang Dong Road, Changjiang Zhong Road and Changjiang Xi Road, which is a major passenger corridor in east-west direction. It will walk through the city center area and connect to a transit point where passenger can take shuttle bus directly to Hefei Xinqiao International Airport

Bus Rapid Transit

There are two major lines of BRT in Hefei. The 1st line ranges from the downtown to the Binhu New Area (Chinese: 滨湖新区; pinyin: Bīnhú Xīn Qū) connecting the old urban district to the Binhu New Area..


Hefei plays an important role in scientific research in China. It has seven national laboratories, second only to Beijing: The National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (Chinese: 国家同步辐射实验室; pinyin: Guójiā tóngbù fúshè shíyàn shì), the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale (Chinese: 微尺度物质科学国家实验室; pinyin: Wēi chǐdù wùzhí kēxué guójiā shíyàn shì), both of which are under the University of Science and Technology of China. It also has the Institute of Solid State Physics, Institute of Plasma Physics, Institute of Intelligent Machines, High Magnetic Field Laboratory (founded in 2008), Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, all of which are under the Hefei Institute of Physical Sciences which belongs to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Hefei is the location of EAST, an experimental superconducting tokamak magnetic fusion energy reactor.


An overview of USTC, including the Teaching Building II and the library

Yicheng Prison

Yicheng Prison is located within the city. It was built during the 1983 "Strike Hard" campaign and was formerly Hefei Zhenxing Machine Parts Factory. On June 15, 1984 the Prov. Justice Dept. decided to change the name of the Machine Parts Factory's Internal Dept. to the Prov. Independent LRC. On March 17, 1986, the City's Party Committee and government agreed to the change. On April 26 more than 400 inmates were transferred to Hefei Shangzhangwei Farm and Baihu Farm. In February 1992 a secondary country level prison was created at the Shangzhangwei Farm. In August 1992 the Hefei City LRD level was upgraded by the government. June 1996 the prison was changed to its present name. It is currently controlled by Hefei city. It mainly houses prisoners with sentences of less than 5 years and houses up to 1000 prisoners a year. In the past 20 years, nearly 20,000 inmates have completed their sentences here. The prison mainly cultivates vegetables and rice but also cooperates with the Zhejiang Rongguang Group and produces soccer training shoes, soccer balls, tourism products, and other products.[12]


Hefei has its own football team called Anhui Jiufang, who in the 2007–08 season were promoted from the Chinese Football Association Yi League to the Chinese Football Association Jia League which is the second highest tier of Chinese football.It was acquired by Tianjin Runyulong in 2011. In 2014, Anhui Litian born,who in the 2014-2015 season were promoted from the Chinese Football Association Bing League to the Chinese Football Association Yi League.

Sites of interest

Baohe Village (simplified Chinese: 包河浮莊; traditional Chinese: 徽派園林; pinyin: Bāo hé fú zhuāng)
Fuzhuang in winter
  • Xiaoyao Ford, a public park sitting on the ancient site of the Battle of Xiaoyao Ford.
  • Temple of Lord Bao, built in 1066 near the tomb of Lord Bao.
  • Li Hongzhang's Former Residence (Chinese: 李鸿章故居; pinyin: Lihóngzhāng gùjū), built in the late 19th century and fully restored by the 1990s.
  • Hui Garden (Chinese: 徽园; pinyin: Huī yuán) (Opened to the public in September 2001)
  • Children's Welfare Institute (a.k.a. "Social Welfare Institute"), children's orphanage
  • Anhui Laomingguang Stadium, the home ground of Anhui Jiufang, but also used for other public sporting events.

Notable people

See also


External links

  • Hefei Online Government
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