Often overlooked by visitors on their way west, Hefei offers a pleasant—if not particularly spectacular—glimpse of "developing" China. Formerly a small market town and now Anhui's capital, Hefei entered a period of intensive industrialization in 1949, and today is best known as the home of several of China's top science and technology universities.
Boasting a population of approximately 4.2 million, Hefei is limited in its tourist offerings, but the Anhui Provincial Museum is well worth the trip, as are a number of historical attractions.
The Anhui Provincial Museum is a massive, 11,580 square-meter shrine, strictly dedicated to the region's cultural contributions to Chinese history. At last count, the museum..
Built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), Mingjiao Temple (Mingjiao Si) is yet another one of China's many Buddhist sanctuaries with a long history of desacration and..