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The City
    Hefei ( http://220.178.124.16/english/index.jsp ) is the capital of Anhui Province, China, and the hometown of the famous honest and upright official in Chinese history— Bao Zheng, featuring a landscape of half mountain and half lake. The city has a total area of 7,500 square kilometers, with a population of 4,460,000, of which 1,650,000 people are permanent residents. The city proper area is 596.01 square kilometers.
 
    Founded as a county seat in the Qin Dynasty, Hefei has a history of more than 2,200 years. The city boasts many places of historical interest and scenic spots such as Xiaoyaojin - an ancient battlefield in the Three Kingdoms Period, the Archers' Training Rostrum built by Cao Cao, the Mingjiao Temple with an ancient bell, the Cultural Park of Bao Gong assuming the architectural style of the Song Dynasty, the thousand-year-old town of rivers and lakes - Sanhe, the former residence of Li Hongzhang, the former residence of Liu Mingchuan, the Yaogang Village - site of the former General Front Committee for the Crossing-the-Yangtze Campaign, and so on.
    Standing in picturesque surroundings, Hefei is known as “a modern garden city” and “the most suitable city for people to live in”. It is among the first three cities winning the honorable title of “city of gardens and parks”. The city's Belt Park looks like a green necklace, which “embraces both the old town and the new urban developments”. The Shushan Lake, lying at the foot of the Dashu Hill, looks like a green bright pearl. Hefei Wildlife Field, characterized by “naturalness, wildness and lingering charm of forest”, has become a space shared by men and animals. On Mountain Zipeng, one can not only hear the soughing of the wind flowing through the pines, but also see flocks of auspicious birds. With blue waves rippling in its immense waters, the Chaohu is a magnificent lake of myriad scenes.
    Located on the west bank of Chaohu Lake, where the Fengle River, the Hangbu River and the Xiaonan River merge themselves, Sanhe (Three rivers) Ancient Town, which has a history of more than 2500 years, becomes a shining pearl on the tour belt of Chaohu Lake. (http://www.shgzlyjq.com/en )
 

    Sanhe Ancient Town now takes on a brand-new look. The ancient streets have an ancient flavour of long history, while the water town displays its charm with meandering rivers. Against the backdrop of Chaohu tourism development trend, Sanhe Ancient Town will actively develop tourism products, such as cruises and night tour, ect., and provide services in a more refined way to usher in a new Chaohu tourism trend.
    As Sanhe Ancient Town is the symbolic tourist attraction of Hefei, every time visitors go there, they will find a different look, and the surprise maximizes recently. "In accordance with the task requested by national 5A-level scenic spots, 122 projects have now been completed, including transforming the facade, covering the 'three lines'(water, gas and telecom), landscaping, lighting, and road upgrading, etc.. The town takes on an entirely new look now." Guan Wenhua, Director of the Tourism Office of Sanhe Town, introduced enthusiastically.
    Today, if you walk in the streets of Sanhe Ancient Town, all are clean, tidy and pleasing to both the eyes and the mind, regardless of the ancient West Street, ancient South Street, or modern folk houses beside the Xiaonan river. In the vicinity of Wannian Stage, even modern buildings have been embellished by painting walls white and decorating with gray tiles and brown doors and windows, so that the whole neighborhood looks antique, unified and orderly.
Sanhe Ancient Town is named after three rivers running through it, hence water is its soul. It can be said that the town acquires its name from water, obtains its spirit from water, gains its vitality from water, becomes famous due to water, and grows and prospers with water.
    Recently, Sanhe Ancient Town has integrated cruises with the original tourist routes and worked out new tourist routes. Starting from the Visitors' Center to the ancient West Street, you can visit Dong Yinchu Memorial, Liu Tongxinglong Zhuang, Hezhong Lane, Twin Bridges, the Scholar-official's House, ancient South Street, Yang Zhenning's former residence, and Wannian Stage, then you can board a cruise ship from a dock on Xiaonan River to enjoy the ancient town's scenery, and finally go back to the Visitors' Center, which becomes a new traveling way in Sanhe Ancient Town.
    The surrounding areas of Hefei abound with tourist resources. There are many tourist attractions known nation-wide within a radius of 300 kilometers of Hefei such as Mountain Huangshan, Mountain Jiuhua, the Taiping Lake, Mountain Tianzhu, Mountain Tiantangzhai, Mountain Langya, the ancient town of Shouxian, the Imperial Mausoleum of the Ming Dynasty, etc. With mature regional tourist routes, Hefei is an ideal transfer station for tourists from north China who head for tourist attractions in East China.


       
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