Anqing

Last updated on 20 July 2017

Anqing (simplified Chinese: 安庆; traditional Chinese: 安慶; pinyin: Ānqìng; literally: "Peaceful Celebration", also Anking, formerly Hwaining) is a prefecture-level city in the southwest of Anhui province, People's Republic of China. Its population was 5,311,579 at the 2010 census, with 780,514 living in the built-up (or metro) area.

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Bridge on the Yangtze River in Anqing Anhui China.jpg
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Location of Anqing City jurisdiction in Anhui
"Anhui". Nieuhof: L'ambassade de la Compagnie Orientale des Provinces Unies vers l'Empereur de la Chine, 1665

Accent

The people of Anqing have a unique dialect that is quite different from the rest of the province [2][3]

Administration

The prefecture-level city of Anqing administers 10 county-level divisions, including 3 districts, 1 county-level city and 6 counties

Map

Geography

Anqing is located in the southwestern part of Anhui province, and on the northern shore of the lower Yangtze. To the north are the Dabie Mountains. Neighbouring prefectures are:

The total area of the prefecture is 16,300 square kilometres (6,290 sq mi), with an urban area of 550 square kilometres (212 sq mi), which is only 3.4% of the total.

Climate

Anqing has a four-season, monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with chilly, damp winters and very hot, humid summers. Cold northwesterly winds from Siberia can occasionally cause nightly temperatures to drop below freezing (although snow is uncommon), while summer can see extended periods of 35 °C (95 °F)+ days. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 4.3 °C (39.7 °F) in January to 29.2 °C (84.6 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 17.20 °C (63.0 °F). Precipitation tends to reach a maximum in tandem with the meiyu (plum rains) while wintertime rainfall is generally light. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 30% in March to 54% in August, the city receives 1,831 hours of bright sunshine annually.

Climate data for Anqing (1981−2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 22.8
(73)
27.4
(81.3)
32.1
(89.8)
33.8
(92.8)
35.8
(96.4)
38.3
(100.9)
39.5
(103.1)
40.9
(105.6)
38.0
(100.4)
34.3
(93.7)
29.7
(85.5)
24.5
(76.1)
40.9
(105.6)
Average high °C (°F) 7.6
(45.7)
10.0
(50)
14.6
(58.3)
21.2
(70.2)
26.6
(79.9)
29.4
(84.9)
32.9
(91.2)
32.2
(90)
28.0
(82.4)
22.7
(72.9)
16.5
(61.7)
10.4
(50.7)
21.0
(69.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.3
(39.7)
6.6
(43.9)
10.7
(51.3)
17.0
(62.6)
22.4
(72.3)
25.7
(78.3)
29.2
(84.6)
28.5
(83.3)
24.3
(75.7)
18.8
(65.8)
12.4
(54.3)
6.5
(43.7)
17.2
(63)
Average low °C (°F) 1.7
(35.1)
3.8
(38.8)
7.6
(45.7)
13.6
(56.5)
19.0
(66.2)
22.7
(72.9)
26.2
(79.2)
25.5
(77.9)
21.4
(70.5)
15.6
(60.1)
9.2
(48.6)
3.6
(38.5)
14.2
(57.6)
Record low °C (°F) −10.1
(13.8)
−12.5
(9.5)
−4.3
(24.3)
−0.3
(31.5)
8.3
(46.9)
13.2
(55.8)
17.1
(62.8)
17.6
(63.7)
11.7
(53.1)
3.2
(37.8)
−3.8
(25.2)
−8.5
(16.7)
−12.5
(9.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 57.0
(2.244)
74.1
(2.917)
125.9
(4.957)
163.5
(6.437)
166.8
(6.567)
265.4
(10.449)
206.6
(8.134)
136.4
(5.37)
71.5
(2.815)
69.0
(2.717)
66.1
(2.602)
34.6
(1.362)
1,436.9
(56.571)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 10.4 11.0 14.3 13.7 12.8 13.0 11.2 10.7 7.5 8.3 7.7 7.0 127.6
Average relative humidity (%) 75 74 75 75 74 79 77 78 77 74 73 72 75.3
Mean monthly sunshine hours 104.6 102.4 109.9 140.6 166.0 159.2 215.6 221.2 169.7 159.6 144.4 137.4 1,830.6
Percent possible sunshine 33 33 30 36 39 38 50 54 46 45 45 44 41.1
Source: China Meteorological Administration

Transport

Anqing has one Yangtze River crossing, the Anqing Yangtze River Bridge.

Anqing Tianzhushan Airport serves the city.[4]

The Nanjing–Anqing Intercity Railway opened in December 2015, allowing a 90-minute journey time to Nanjing, and 3 hours to Shanghai.[5]

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Anqing No. 1 Middle School

Tourism

The Zhenfeng Pagoda, built in 1570 during the Ming Dynasty, is located in Anqing on the banks of the Yangtze River.

References

  1. ^ (in Chinese) Compilation by LianXin website. Data from the Sixth National Population Census of the People's Republic of China Archived March 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Yan, Margaret Mian (2006). Introduction to Chinese Dialectology. LINCOM Europa. p. 148. ISBN 978-3-89586-629-6.
  3. ^ Kurpaska, Maria (2010). Chinese Language(s): A Look Through the Prism of "The Great Dictionary of Modern Chinese Dialects". Walter de Gruyter. p. 70. ISBN 978-3-11-021914-2.
  4. ^ "Anqing (Anhui) City Information". Provinces & Cities. Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Nanjing – Anqing PDL opened". Railway Gazette International. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016.

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