Chizhou Introduction

      Chizhou city is located in the southwest part of Anhui province of China, neighboring with vast Yangtze River in the north and magnificent Yellow Mountain in the south. It is the important port city along river and the provincial cultural and historical famous city at the south bank of Yangtze River. It is also an important part of “Two mountains and o­ne lake” tourist area (Yellow Mountain, Jiuhua Mountain, Taiping Lake) of Anhui. It has a total area of 8272 square meters and a population of 1,540,000. The city possesses a good ecological environment with economy harmoniously developing with population and environment. It is the first national model area of ecology and economy in China.
      Chizhou has a long history with traditional Buddhist culture. Jiuhua Mountain, which is called “the first mountain in the southeast”, is reputed as “Lotus Buddhist Country”. It is the site for Buddhist worships for Ksitigarbha idol and o­ne of the four well-known Buddhist mountains in China. The Buddhism of Jiuhua Mountain was initiated in Jin dynasty and flourished in the middle age of Tang and blossomed in Ming and Qing. At present, there are nearly 100 temples, both large and small, nine of which are of national key protection. What is worth mentioning, since Tang dynasty, 15 monks have cultivated immortality, which is said to be o­ne great mystery in Buddhist history of both home and overseas.

Chizhou Traffic

There is no airport in Chizhou itself. You can take planes in Hefei. (about o­ne hour’s bus ride)
CAAC Hefei ticket-sailing center: 0551-2886626 2886661

Railways in Chizhou have been connected to almost every middle and large city in the south of China. You can get to Hefei, Tongling, Anqing, Tunxi and Nanjing by trains.

There are coaches to go and get back from Chizhou to Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hefei, Wuhu, Tongling and Huangshan.
Long-distance bus station inquiry call: 2022211
South Gate Bus Station: 2318211
There are crossed river ways in the city which offers convenient water transportation. You can take ships from the ports of Shanghai, Nanjing, Tongling, Wuhu, Anqing, Jiujiang, Hankou, Yichang and Chongqing, etc to directly arrive at Chizhou.
Ship inquiry office: 2123253

Downtown Transportation
Buses: you can take No.1, 3, 6 buses to get to Chizhou long-distance bus station center. Bus No.1, 5, 6, 7 can take you to the quay. But before you set out, please make it clear which quay you intend to arrive in order to take corresponding buses. The ticket of buses running downtown is o­ne yuan for each person.

Taxis: the starting price for taxis is 4 yuan. You will be charged 50% driving fee if the distance is over 6 kms. The free waiting time is 6 minutes, longer that that, there will be charges of o­ne km for every 6 minutes’ waiting time. For night driving (23:00 pm-05:00 am next day), 20% night fee will be charged for o­ne km. Road and bridge fee is paid by passengers themselves.
Claim call of Chizhou transportation administration: 0566-2046466 2041903

Chizhou Festivals

      The Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese people and is when all family members get together, just like Christmas in the West. All people living away from home go back, becoming the busiest time for transportation systems of about half a month from the Spring Festival. Airports, railway stations and long-distance bus stations are crowded with home returnees.
The Spring Festival falls o-n the 1st day of the 1st lunar month, often o-ne month later than the Gregorian calendar. It originated in the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600 BC-c. 1100 BC) from the people's sacrifice to gods and ancestors at the end of an old year and the beginning of a new o-ne.
Strictly speaking, the Spring Festival starts every year in the early days of the 12th lunar month and will last till the mid 1st lunar month of the next year. Of them, the most important days are Spring Festival Eve and the first three days. The Chinese government now stipulates people have seven days off for the Chinese Lunar New Year.

      The Festival of Lanterns takes place at the end of the Chinese New Year Celebration, o-n the fifteenth day of the first moon.  Lanterns have been part of Chinese life for centuries so it's not surprising to see a festival of lanterns.   People usually hang lanterns in the gardens, outside the houses, and o-n the boats.  These lanterns are signposts to guide guests and spirits of ancestors to the Lunar celebration.  After a sumptuous fifteen-day feast, these lanterns light the way for the spirits back to the world beyond.
Silk, paper and plastic lanterns vary in shape and size and are usually multi-colored. Some are in the shapes of butterflies, birds, flowers, and boats.  Other are shaped like dragon, fruit and animal symbols of that year.  The most popular type of lantern is the "horse-racing" o-ne, in which figures or animals rotate around the vertical axis of the lantern.
The special food for the Lantern Festival is Yuen Sin or Tong Yuen.  These are round dumplings made with sticky rice flour.  They can be filled and served as a sweet snack or made plain and cooked in a soup with vegetables, meat and dried shrimp.  The round shape of the dumpling is a symbol of wholeness, completeness and unity.
The Lantern Festival is an occasion for families to get together and for everyone--young, old, rich and poor to have fun.

Chizhou Service Telephones

Huangshan Municipal Travel Bureau: 0559-2514091
Huangshan  Tourism Quality Supervision: 0559-2517464
She County Travel Bureau: 0559-6512663
Xiuning County Travel Bureau: 0559-7560038
Huizhou District Travel Bureau: 0559-3511670
Huanghan District Travel Bureau: 0559-8532445
Yixian County Travel Bureau: 0559-5522297
Tunxi District Travel Bureau: 0559-2512449
Qimen County Travel Bureau: 0559-4512326

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