Chinese Name: 蚌埠市 (bèng bù shì)
Area: 5,952 square kilometers (2,298 square miles)
Administrative Division: 4 districts (Bengshan, Longzihu, Yuhui, Huaishang); 3 counties (Huaiyuan, Wuhe, Guzhen)
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0552-3117202
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: 0552-2041247
Location: Situated in the north of Anhui Province, Bengbu is bordered by Huainan City in the south and neighbors Jiangsu Province in the east. The Huaihe River flows through the southern part of the city's territory.
History: In prehistorical period, this region was inhabited by groups of tribes. Its present territory partly belonged to several states and kingdoms before the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) unified China. Since then, the city was under the administration of the shires and prefectures in this area.
Physical Features: Situated at the juncture of the Jianghuai Hilly Region and the Jianghuai Plain, Bengbu belongs to the alluvial plain area. Its terrain declines from the south to the north with gentle rolls.
Climate: Bengbu lies between the subtropical humid monsoon climatic zone and temperate semi-humid monsoon climatic zone, enjoying features of both climatic types. Weather in spring is unstable, and winter dry and cold. Plum rain period will last about twenty days during late June to mid-July.
When to Go: spring and summer
Special Local Products: megranate of Huaiyuan County, crab of the Tuohu Lake, stone carving teapot of Guxian County
Located in the eastern suburb of Bengbu City, Longzi Lake Scenic Area is composed of Longzi Lake, Xuehua Mountain, Caoshan Mountain, Xilu Mountain and Zhuizi Mountain. Covering an area of eleven square miles, with over one third of it being the water area, Longzi Lake Scenic Area is famous for breathtaking natural scenery as well as rich historical relics.
Longzi Lake has an indented coastline and deep water. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides. The undulating Zhuizi Mountain and Caoshan Mountain lie on the eastern coast. To the west, Meihua Mountain and Xuehua Mountain are covered with patches of green trees. To the south, there are nine channels which are the source of Longzi Lake.
Moreover, Longzi Lake Scenic Area has many historical relics such as an ancient gingko tree from the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the tomb of Tang He (a great general in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644)), Xiyan Temple relic and Linglong Pagoda Relic.
White Milk Spring (Bairu Spring)
Lodged between Jingshan Mountain and Huai River, in the south Huaiyuan County suburbs, White Milk Spring gets the name after its milk white spring water. The spring sprouts gushing mineral-rich water all seasons in the center of Chunyang Temple. It was once called Baigui (White Tortoise) Spring, when people sighted a white tortoise emerges from the spring. Wanghuai Tower stands on the left side of the spring and Shuanglie Temple stands on the right side. The place is beautiful and tranquil.
The spring water is suitable for making tea.
Travel Tips: In the busiest downtown area of Bengbu, there is an antique and jade market located in the east end of the Nanshan Road. Rosewood furniture, antique and jade wares can be found in this large-scaled trading center. It also has an exhibition hall in the second floor, displaying various collections and handicrafts.
Bengbu's passenger transport west station and the east station as well as the Feiyan express bus station are all located in the Huaihai Road of the downtown area. The city is about two hours' drive to Nanjing and only a bit more than an hour's ride to the capital city of Anhui Province, Hefei.