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Bengbu
蚌埠
—  Prefecture-level city  —
Chinese transcription(s)
 - Simplified 蚌埠
 - Traditional
 - Pinyin Bèngbù
Country China
Province Anhui
County-level divisions 7
Township-level divisions 74
City seat Longzihu District
(32°56′N 117°21′E / 32.933°N 117.35°E / 32.933; 117.35)
Government
 - CPC Secretary
 - Mayor Chen Qitao (陈启涛)
Area
 - Total 5,952 km2 (2,298.1 sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Area code(s) 552
GDP
GDP per capita
License Plate Prefix 皖C

Bengbu (Chinese: 蚌埠pinyin: BèngbùWade-Giles: P'engpu;; literally "Clam Wharf" or "Oyster Quay"; often incorrectly pronounced Bengfu or Bangbu; other spellings: P'engpu, or Peng-pu) is a prefecture-level city with a population of 3,469,700 (including rural area) in northern Anhui province, People's Republic of China.

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Administration

The prefecture-level city of Bengbu administers 7 county-level divisions, including 4 districts and 3 counties.

English Name Chinese Name (Simplified / Traditional) Pin yin Post Code
Longzihu District 龙子湖区 / 龍子湖區 Lóngzǐhú Qū 233000
Bengshan District 蚌山区 / 蚌山區 Bèngshān Qū 233000
Yuhui District 禹会区 / 禹會區 Yǔhuì Qū 233000
Huaishang District 淮上区 / 淮上區 Huáishàng Qū 233000
Huaiyuan County 怀远县 / 懷遠縣 Huáiyuǎn Xiàn 233400
Wuhe County 五河县 / 五河縣 Wǔhé Xiàn 233300
Guzhen County 固镇县 / 固鎮縣 Gùzhèn Xiàn 233700

These are further divided into 74 township-level divisions, including 36 towns, 19 townships and 19 subdistricts.

Geography

Bengbu is located 135 km north of Nanjing, on the Huai River. It is divided into two parts: greater Bengbu on the south bank of the river and little Bengbu on the north bank.

History

Bengbu has always been a hub of water and land communications in Anhui province, and a major distribution centre for the Huai basin. The name echoes its former reputation as a center of the freshwater pearl fishery.

In 1948, during the Chinese Civil War, the Communist People's Liberation Army won a decisive victory over Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist (KMT) forces near Bengbu, in the Huaihai Campaign.

Economy

Bengbu is now a famous food city in Anhui province. Food-related industries account for 44% of the city's industrial production. The city's other industries include engineering works, textiles, glass making, chemicals, and electronics.

Food

Bengbu is one of the centers of the Yanhuai cuisine, one of the three noted cuisines of Anhui province. The dishes tend to be salty and slightly hot, with thick soups. One of the famous dishes is fuliji (braised chicken), whose 13 herbs and spices give it a rich aroma. "Shaobingjialiji" "damaxia"!

Transportation

The city is on Jinghu Railway.There are hourly direct trains to Beijing, Shanghai and other big cities along Jinghu Railway.

Colleges and universities

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Bengbu (蚌埠; Bèngbù) is a small city north of Hefei in Anhui Province in China.

Get in

By train.

Get around

Taxis start at ¥5.

Eat

A local specialty is river crayfish cooked with lots of spices. There is a whole block near the center of town that consists mainly of restaurants serving this and other dishes. Turn right at the end of that block, there is a nice small trendy restaurant on the right. Specialties are ice cream and Japanese/Taiwan style light meals. The jiaozi are excellent.

Routes through Bengbu
BeijingXuzhou  N noframe S  NanjingShanghai
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