The part of Anhui north of the Huaihe River has a warm-temperate, semi-humid monsoonal climate while the part south of the river has a sub-tropical, humid monsoonal climate. The mean annual temperature is above 14 to 16 degrees Celsius from north to south - the hottest month, July, averaging 27-28 degrees Celsius and the coldest month, January, -3-3 degrees Celsius - and the mean annual precipitation is 750-2,000 mm. The best season to visit Anhui is in autumn, around September and October with great weather condition like little rain, sunny day and comfortable temperature.
It is one of the important agricultural provinces, with products ranging from rice, wheat, cotton, vegetable oil crops, cotton, tea, jute, silkworm cocoons, and roast tobacco, etc. Its main mineral deposits are coal, iron ore, and copper ore. Anhui occupys great resources like land resources, biological resources, water resources and abundant natural resources like minerals; including coal, iron ore, and copper ore.
Anhui Cuisine is one of the most Eight Culinary Traditions in China. It comprises the specialties of South Anhui, Yanjiang and Huai Bei. The highly distinctive characteristic of Anhui cuisine lies not only in the elaborate choices of cooking materials but also in the strict control of cooking process.
Anhui is a inland province with plenty of natural resources, which provides much wild herbs for Hui-style cuisine, such as pangolin, stone frog, mushroom, bayberry, tealeaves, bamboo shoot, dates, games, etc., are from mountain area. Huangshan Mountain has abundant products for dish cooking.
Anhui Cuisine comprises the specialties of South Anhui, Yanjiang and Huai Bei. The highly distinctive characteristic of Anhui cuisine lies not only in the elaborate choices of cooking materials but also in the strict control of cooking process. The chefs pay more attention to the taste, color of dishes and the temperature to cook them, with braising and stewing the major cooking techniques. Generally the food here is slightly spicy and salty.
Most famous dishes include Stewed Soft Shell Turtle with Ham, Bamboo Shoots Cooked with Sausage and Dried Mushroom, and etc.
Anhui is famous not only for its picturesque mountains, rivers but also boast traditional cultures likel hui-style ancient villages. Below are some tourist sites in Anhui that worth a visit:
Mountain Huangshan - it is renowned as the most beautiful mountain under heaven, boasts its towering pines, precipitous stones, wonderland cloud-sea and hot springs;
Jiuhuashan Mountain - one of the four Buddhist Shrines in China and boast as great summer resort
Mountain Tianzhu - another famous mountain in Anhui province
Besides the magnificent peaks, the well-preserved ancient villages in southern Anhui also worth visit which are built from Ming & Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911).
Xidi and Hongcun villages - where the famous Oscar winner Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed there, also listed as World Heritage Site with Mt.Huangshans.
Tunxi Ancient Street - An old street paved with maroon flagstones originated in Song dynasty, around 800 years ago
Shexian County - reputed as Town of Arches, is also a must for each visitor who wants to experience fine examples of residential architecture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties and the unique Tangyue Memorial Archway.
The special local products include the Four Treasures of Study - Xuan paper, Chinese paintbrushes, Hui ink, Xi ink stone, as well as some world-renowned tea products, like Maofeng Tea and Keemun Black Tea.