Anhui Province was founded in 1667 and has a proud history of over 300 years. Early in the Qing Dynasty a huge province, named Jiangnan Province, was founded. It included what are now Anhui Province, Jiangsu Province and Shanghai City.During the Qing Dynasty, in the sixth year of the reign of Emperor Kangxi (A.D.1667), Jiangnan Province was divided into two provinces: Anhui and Jiangsu. The name Anhui comes from the first Chinese characters of two prefectures, Anqing and Huizhou. In the year when Anhui was established, Anqing was the political center of the province and Huizhou was the economic center.