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Curious about architectures from the Ming and Qing dynasties? Want to know more about China’s cultural heritage? Interested in Fengyang Opera or traditional Dragon Dancing? Experience these and many more activities in the Hefei Intangible Cultural Heritage Park. When you drive towards Hefei Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, you will see distinguishing pillars with Beijing opera faces welcoming visitors from all over the world. The Intangible Cultural Heritage Park is surrounded by mountains and river. Thousands of plants grow on the mountains and every year, over 3 million little egrets reside there. The park doesn’t just have an attractive landscape environment, but also plenty of ancient heritages and temples you can visit.
A city built for the modern life provides us with pleasure and comfort in living, but it is history that gives richness to Hefei. When you walk along the Huaihe Road and visit the legendary former residence of Li Hongzhang, you will go back in time and see the late Qing dynasty with your own eyes. Whether you are in the front hall admiring the lifework of Li Hongzhang; taking in the beauty of the wooden sculpture in the middle hall, strolling through the elegantly tiled study room, or exploring the mysterious Zouma Building, this residence is sure to take you back in time to relive the dynamics of the late Qing dynasty.
Kaifu Temple is probably the best temple among all the others. It is the representative and center of Buddhist temples in Anhui province, and also a place where people gather to pray. Similar to other Chinese temples, Kaifu Temple is located in the mountains. Opposite the beautiful and tall Dashu Mountain, and about 9 miles to the east and west are Fucha and Jiming mountains. When you are in front of Kaifu temple’s magnificent architecture, the elegant figure of Buddha, exquisite carving skills, and strong religious atmosphere will probably make you feel compassion for Buddhism to bring inner peace.
Anhui cuisine is one of the eight major cuisines that originated in Huizhou during the Southern Song Dynasty. Its unique geographical and cultural environment provides unique flavors. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Anhui cuisine became the No.1 of the eight major cuisines.
Anhui cuisine is typically prepared with local ingredients that make it so exceptionally fresh and delicious. It also utilizes a special cooking method. Because Anhui has a mild climate with moderate rainfall, it cultivates rich, diverse and healthy foods ingredients. With such a long history, the Anhui cuisine knows many legendary tales. The ‘Li Hong Zhang’s hodgepodge’, ‘Hu pot’, and ‘Political mountain bamboo’, are classic examples of such legends. Do you know the stories behind these tales?
The Anhui cuisine comes from sophisticated cultures and offers great taste to the locals. But as a modern developing city, Hefei has more to offer in its food culture. You can find street food from all over China as well as feasts from Japan, South Korea, Europe and the US. You can also enjoy a variety of new creative fusion dishes.
Among the top universities in China, USTC continues to dazzle with achievements. USTC is known for its published academic and research papers with leading positions in the SCI statistics. A well-known Youth class: winner of the Nobel Laureate in Physics, Professor Tsung-Dao Lee from USTC, initiated the innovative Youth Class, the first of its kind in the history of education in China. USTC Youth Class cultivated many outstanding scientists as well as business and technology talents. USTC Hefei is one of the four biggest science cities in China. It has many research institutions, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Science Island and various national science laboratories.
International Start: Hefei has several international primary and secondary schools, such as the Canadian International School or Hefei World Foreign Language School. Your children can enjoy an international and multicultural start, experience international schooling standards and environment. Public Schools: Hefei Normal School, LiuAn Road Primary School, South Gate Primary School and other public primary schools all have excellent teaching facilities, teachers and adopt a pragmatic teaching method. As for secondary schools, you can choose from Shouchun secondary school, Hefei No.42 Middle School, Hefei 168 Middle School, Hefei No.45 Middle School, and more spread across Hefei, eliminating your concerns about moving to a specific school district. Advanced Facilities: Basic education institutions in Hefei are all equipped with advanced facilities.
With human development, education has become an increasingly important factor for people to settle down. Xinzhan is a new development zone, facilitating the rapid development of economy and technology, while focusing on reforming education in terms of facilities and teaching equipment for many primary, secondary schools and kindergartens. Moreover, to promote a sustainable educational environment for the region, the small acquisitions; computers, desks and chairs, multimedia teaching equipment, as well as the big acquisitions; school maintenance, stadium renovation, are up for public bidding. Exciting prospects to look forward to in the Xinzhan District!
Happy City: Hefei has been recognized as one of the top 10 happiest cities in China for a number of years. In addition, Hefei is moving towards being the most liveable city. When you walk through the 1912 Leisure Street Block, you can truly feel the happiness as you taste a variety of national cuisines and enjoy an abundance of art exhibitions. Leisure and Freedom: Either spending your afternoon in a coffee shop, tasting delicious food for dinner, or unwinding while sitting on a roadside bench, Hefei 1912 Leisure Street has everything you need to enjoy your perfect leisure day. Beautiful View: The 1912 Leisure Street is located in Hefei Jingguan Avenue on Huangshan Road. At the east of Dashu Mountain, north of the Governmental New District of Hefei and surrounded by the Tahiti residential area, you can experience different views at every step of your trip along this refreshing street.
Great Lake, Great City, Great Park: Hefei is the only provincial capital with proximity to such a sizable lake in China. The lake and rich natural landscapes give diversity to the Binghu area, making Binghu New District a beautiful and modern city. Also, located in Binghu New District is the Wanda Tourism Park, adding a new flavor to the scenery. Hui style theme park: Would you like to spend some precious time with your family and friends? Wanda Tourism Park is a great option. It offers a variety of entertainment and sports activities, facilitates team building, tourism and cultural activities in the integrated park for the perfect day out. For all ages to enjoy: There are plenty of amusement facilities for people of all ages. You can experience parent-child activities, try the thrilling roller coaster with loved ones, or watch the Feishui Battle show with your family. You can experience it all at Wanda Tourism Park.
Inheriting the simplicity and elegance of Huizhou’s architectural beauty, Hefei’s modern architecture makes use of local materials for practical use and beautification, focusing on harmonious integration with the surrounding environment. Even without the roof cornices, the cultivation of Hui construction is still clearly visible.
Still under rapid development, house prices in Hefei is only a quarter of those in first tier cities, but you get comprehensive modern living facilities in an environment that says quality living.
A new area with huge potential, amazing things are in its development and improvement phase including new roads, two major ecological parks, industrial transformation to protect the environment, modern agriculture, historical and cultural heritage, higher education. All of these will highlight the beauty of this new city.
R&D Centre: The Island of Science & Technology is in the northwest of Hefei, connected by a steel bridge. When you drive through this green island, take a deep breath of fresh air as you admire the large space. Many R&D centers of Chinese Academy of Sciences are located here too. Advanced Technologies: On the island, you will see a variety of advanced technologies that have been adopted by companies throughout China. Many of them were pioneered here. For instance, the first HT7 superconducting device, the first Tokamak experimental device – an important nuclear fusion research base, etc. To date, there have been more than 1,800 scientists working on the island. Future Power: The Island of Science and Technology is a perfect match for Hefei. The advantage of being the 4th city of technology education keeps the island developing in a stable way. And the island gives Hefei more and more power in technology, making it shine like a superstar.
4th City of Technology Education: The R&D center of the Institute of Advanced Technology is located in the Hefei High-tech Industrial Development Zone. It is now the biggest High-tech Industrial Development Zone in Anhui Province. The High-tech Industrial Development Zone is now centered on 4 clusters of technology education including Digital Information Technology, Optical Mechanics, Biotechnology & Bio-pharma, and Advanced Materials. It is one of the most important factors for Hefei to be ranked 4th in cities of Technology Education. Driving Innovation: The Institute of Advanced Technology has 3,000-5,000 postgraduate students specializing in different technological fields such as Microelectronics, New Energy, Advanced Materials and more. The R&D center has built good partnerships with other R&D centers, renowned international companies and universities, aiming to drive innovation and transformations in technologies.
Experience smart traveling with the use of digital devices. Hefei Xinqiao International Airport is the main airport serving Hefei and is extremely convenient to check in with WeChat in no time at all that is similar to a facial recognition entry. Within the airport, there are 23 city terminals with high speed intercity shuttle buses covering the whole Anhui province. There are already plans to expand the airport facilitate the rapid development of the city and make this the most convenient way of getting in and out of Hefei.
Located in the city’s Development Experimental Zone, Hefei Railway Station is a major railway station in Hefei, marking the starting point of one of the new cargo trains with freight trains passing through Xinjiang, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and even Hamburg. This signifies that Hefei has the direct cargo train to Central Asia and Europe, and is integrated with the Silk Road economic belt. More trading ports will be added with cargo trains becoming increasingly important as a freight hub, linking the world to the “golden waterway of China”.
In December 2016, Hefei officially made headlines during a time when people were still taking the popular ‘Metro Trains’ by opening its subway system. With one vertical and one horizontal line crossing through the city, this subway line connects to numerous railway stations, tourist attractions, and other important places across the city. The subway offers an extremely fast travel option for those wishing to get around the city with the shortest time possible. Better still, the subway is an inexpensive travel option for those with a small budget.