Hefei Travel Guide
Hefei (Chinese: 合肥; pinyin: Héféi; Wade-Giles: Hofei, also known as Luzhou or Luyang; former names: Ho-fei, Luzhou, Luchow) is a prefecture-level city and the capital of Anhui province, China. It is the political, economic, and cultural centre of Anhui. Located in the central portion of the province, it borders Huainan to the north, Chuzhou to the northeast, Chaohu to the southeast and Lu'an to the west.
Hefei is located 130 kilometres (81 mi) west of Nanjing. Chaohu Lake, a lake 15 km (9 mi) southeast of the city, is one of the largest fresh water lakes in China. However, the lake has unfortunately been polluted with nitrogen and phosphorus in recent decades.
Hefei features a humid subtropical climate (Koppen Cfa) with four distinct seasons. Hefei's annual average temperature is 16.3 °C (61.3 °F). Its annual precipitation is 995 millimetres (39.2 in), being heavier from May through August. Winters here are cool, with average January lows dipping just below freezing. It snows irregularly, but rarely significantly, in the winter. Springs are generally relatively pleasant if somewhat erratic. Hefei’s summers are oppressively hot and humid. In the months of June, July, August, and often September, daily temperatures can reach highs of 37 °C (99 °F) with high humidity levels being the norm. Fall in Hefei sees a gradual cooling and drying.
Usually in May and June, air quality in Hefei diminishes. The city is blanketed by a sweet-smelling smog caused by the smoke generated as farmers outside the city burn their fields in preparation for planting the next crop.