Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Province, is located in the middle part of China between the Yangtze River and the Huaihe River and beside Chaohu Lake. It occupies an area of 7,029 square kilometers of which the built-up urban area is 838.52 square kilometers. With a total population of about five million, the urban residents number about 2.7 million. As the provincial seat, the city is the political, economic, cultural, commercial and trade, transportation and information centre of Anhui Province as well as one of the important national scientific research and education bases.
The city was named one of the three national garden cities , and it enjoys the reputation of"the Green City."The Feishui River runs through it and it is surrounded by lush trees and fragrant flowers all the year around. The layout of the city proper features"Gardens in the City, and the City in Gardens."This is said to be unique in China. Hefei has been declared an excellent city for tourism in China because of its numerous tourist destinations. Such beautiful scenic spots as Bao Gao Park, Xiaoyaojin Park and Huancheng Park are located in the Hefei urban area, while Mt. Dashu, Mt. Zipeng, and Huiyuan Theme Park in suburban Hefei are highlights in the area.