Chinese City Fact: Hefei

Hefei is a large city of some 4.9 million inhabitants and is capital of Anhui Province in Eastern China. Traditionally it’s biggest industries were based around agriculture and prior to World War II, acted as an administrative centre and market for the fertile agriculture region surrounding the city. As with many cities, industrial growth took over and it’s population went from a relatively small 30,000 to 300,000 by the 1950’s.

Hefei townphoto © 2007 Taiyo FUJII | more info (via: Wylio)

Unfortunately, Hefei is still a poor city. As the capital of Anhui it attracts a lot of migrants looking for opportunities which do not exist. As a result, wages stay low. In 2005 the problems weren’t helped when the local government decided to beautify the city by clearing away many of the historical markets. This added many thousands of people to the list of unemployed but did help to reduce the spread of disease from unlicensed food stalls. Now most residents do feel that Hefei has a better environment to live in and investment continues to develop the city into a more modern metropolis.

Transporterphoto © 2007 Taiyo FUJII | more info (via: Wylio)

Hefei bird viewphoto © 2007 Taiyo FUJII | more info (via: Wylio)

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