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Anhui Province, also known as Wan for short, is located in East China, on the lower reaches of the Changjiang (Yangtze) River. It borders six provinces, includingShandong,Jiangsu,Zhejiang,Jiangxi,Hubei, andHenan, with the Changjiang and Huaihe Rivers running through.Anhui has an area of 139,000 square kilometers, and a population of 68 million.Hefei is the capital.
        The topography inAnhui Province is high in the southwest and low in the northeast. Mountains and hills make up two thirds of the total area. The climate belongs to semi-humid monsoon of warm temperate and subtropical humid monsoon.
       Anhui Province has abundant tourist resources with beautiful landscape, many places of historic interest, and rich folk customs. The most famous scenic wonders include Mt.Huangshan, Mt.Jiuhua, Mt.Tianzhu, Mt.Langya, and Mt.Qiyun, all of which are national scenic spots.

As the capital of Anhui Province and hometown of the famous honest and upright official in Chinese history---Bao Zheng, Hefei features a landscape of half mountain and half lake. The city has a total area of7,500 km2, with a population of 4,460,000, of which 1,650,000 people are permanent residents. The city proper area is596.01 km2.

Standing in picturesque surroundings,Hefei is known as ¡°a modern garden city and ¡°the most suitable city for people to live in.¡± It is the 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. OnMt.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.

Hefei is a city of science and education and one of the four major bases of scientific research and education of the nation. It is the seat of more than 200 institutions of scientific research including the Hefei Matter Research Institute of ChineseAcademyofSciencesas well as University of Science & Technology of China, the PLA Electronic Engineering Institute, and over 30 other institutions of higher learning. The city boasts nearly 200,000 scientific and technical personnel. In terms of the intellectual resources,Hefeiis at the head of the list compared with cities of the same scale inChina.