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Huaibei Introduction

       As o­ne of the nine prefectures-level cities in Anhui Province, Huaibei is a coal city, as well as o­ne of the eight National Coal Bases in China. The Municipal People’s Government of Huaibei is in Xiangcheng, which is an ancient capital with a long history. It locates at the foot of Xiangshan Mountain in the north and at the bank of Tanshui River in the south. And it is the political, economic and cultural center of Huaibei City. 
      Situated in northern Anhui Province, Huaibei City is located at the junction of Jiangsu, Henan, and Anhui. The lay of the land slopes from northwest to southeast. The boundless plain characterizes the main features of the terrain. The total area of the city is 2,725 square kilometers. And the population is 1.62 million. The farmland covers an area of 2.13 million mu (about 1420 square kilometer). And the mountain forest covers an area of 0.57 million mu (about 380 square kilometer), where there are precious gingkoes. It also has orchards of 35 thousand mu, which abound in peach, pear, apricot, apple, grape, plum, guava, persimmon and other fruits in temperate zone. The air is heavy with the aroma of the fruits o­n the plain area.
      Huaibei has pleasant climate and abundant sunshine. It is an important production base for grain, cotton, livestock, silk worm and other agricultural and sideline products. It also has abundant mineral products. The thirteen ascertained resources include coal, iron, cobalt and kaolin, among which coal has the largest reserves. And it is o­ne of the five coal production base in China.
      There are beautiful mountains and rivers, as well as fantastic sights in Huaibei. Mount Xiang Forest Park, Laolongji Forest Park, together with the rare stones, old trees, numerous flowers, old temples and lakes have formed a beautiful landscape. Tourist can have a taste of the idyllic harmony among the clear water, green hills and the new city.

Huaibei Traffic

Huaibei city is o­nly 50 kilometers distance away from Xuzhou Guanyin Airport.
Huaibei Xingguang Travel Agency is commissioned to sell air tickets from Xuzhou Guanyin Airport.
Address of Xingguang Travel Agency: No. 41 Xiangshan Road, Huaibei City.
Telephone: 0561-3884555
As a gateway in northern Anhui, Huaibei has favorable geographic location. The national main Rail lines, namely, Beijing-Shanghai Railway Line and Longhai Railway line. Huaibei Railway Station is terminal for four scheduled trains, which direct to Shanghai, Hefei and Huangshan, and is a stop for many passing trains. Fujia Line and Qingpu Line run through the territory of the city. Jiafu line connect Longhai Line in the north, Beijing-Shanghai Line in the south, Beijing- Kowloon Line in the east. Qingfu Line pass Fuyang, Huainan, capital city Hefei, and Wuhu, an important city in Southern Anhui. Huaibei Railway Station (Zhahe Road, Xiangshan District): Take Bus No. 8 from downtown area to get there. Enquiry call: 0561-2122222

The highway network in Huaibei well developed. The Beijing-Fuzhou Superhighway and Lianyungang-Huoerguosi Superhighway run through the city. Six national or provincial highways, including No. 105 National Highway and No. 202 Provincial Highway pass through Huaibei. With the development of tourism industry, many long-distance regular bus lines are opened leading to Qufu, Mount Tai, Lianyungang, Nanjing and other cities.
There are seven coach bus stations in Huaibei. The Huaibei Coach Bus Station is a national first-class bus station, which has more than 150 bus lines to cities outside the province. You can take Bus No. 5 and No. 11 to get there from the downtown area.

Coach Buses
There are 12 main roads in Huaibei City, which are constructed by concrete and blacktop. The roads are 60 meters wide. And the Great Ring Road around the urban area are partly completed.
Shehui Bus Station, Huaibei Municipal Bus Transport Company, Limited
Address: Huaihai Road, Huaibei City, Anhui Province
Telephone: 0561-3051271
Huaibei Coach Bus Station
Address: Gucheng Road, Xiangshan District
Telephone: 0561-3023084
Traffic: Take Bus No. 5 and No. 11 to get there from the downtown area.

The charge of the taxi is associated with the price of the gasoline. The starting price currently in effect is 4 yaun for 2 kilometers, and it charges 1.2 yuan for every extra kilometers. The waiting fee (including the time when speed is below 12 kilometers per hour) is 0.2 yuan per minute. Besides, other expenses, such as bridge fee and road fee should be paid by passengers. When the price of the gasoline rises to more than 5 yuan per kiloliter, the starting price changes from 4 yuan for 2 kilometers to 5 yuan for 2.5 kilometers.
Tip: Some roads in Huaibei are not clearly labeled. But they are labeled o­n your map. Tourists should better read the map before getting o­n the taxi. You may lead th e road when the taxi drivers

The public transport is very convenient in this city. There are 14 bus lines and more than 300 buses which cover all the main roads in the city. The price is 1 yuan each person, except Bus No. 2 (2.5 yuan), No. 4 (1.5 yuan), No. 5 (0.5 yuan) and No. 12 (1.5 yuan). The operation hours are from 5:40 am to 7:00 pm in autumn and winter, and from 5:20 am to 9:00 pm in spring and summer. The specific operation hours may change according to the distance of the journey.
Huaibei Public Transport Company
Telephone: 0561-3014162

Huaibei 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.

Huaibei 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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