|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Chinese Wikipedia. (November 2010)|
|Nickname(s): Pearl city (珠城)|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Municipal seat||Longzihu District|
|• Mayor||Zhou Chunyu (周春雨)|
|• secretary of municipal Party committee||Chen Qitao (陈启涛)|
|• Prefecture-level city||5,945 km2 (2,295 sq mi)|
|• Urban||602 km2 (232 sq mi)|
|• Metro||602 km2 (232 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 census)|
|• Prefecture-level city||3,164,467|
|• Density||530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||1,300/km2 (3,500/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||1,300/km2 (3,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|License Plate Prefix||皖C|
Bengbu (Chinese: 蚌埠; pinyin: Bèngbù; Wade–Giles: Peng-pu) is a prefecture-level city with a population of 3,164,467 at the last census (including rural residents) in northern Anhui Province, China. Its name means "Oyster Wharf" in Chinese, echoing its former reputation as a freshwater pearl fishery.
Its built-up area is home to 802,575 inhabitants spread on the 4 urban districts. This agglomeration is about to include Huaiyuan county in Bengbu as well as Fengyang county in Chuzhou municipality which would soon make an agglomeration of 2,609,820 inhabitants.
|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|
Bengbu is located 135 kilometres (84 mi) north of Nanjing, on the Huai River. The built up urbanized area is divided into two parts: greater Bengbu on the south bank of the river and little Bengbu on the north bank. Dragon Lake is on the East side of the urbanized area. On the other side of the lake is the university district, containing four institution of higher learning.
The area has a four-season humid subtropical climate with strong monsoon influences (Köppen climate classification Cwa), cool, sometimes cold, winters, and hot and humid summers. The area lies in a climatic transition zone, as it is on the Qin Ling−Huai River boundary between the climatic regimes of northern and southern China. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 1.8 °C (35.2 °F) in January to 27.9 °C (82.2 °F) in July, and the annual mean is 15.43 °C (59.8 °F). A majority of the annual precipitation occurs from June to August.
|Climate data for Bengbu (1971−2000)|
|Average high °C (°F)||6.5
|Average low °C (°F)||−1.7
|Precipitation mm (inches)||25.2
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||5.9||7.4||9.9||8.6||9.3||10.3||13.8||10.2||8.2||7.6||6.6||5.0||102.8|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||136.5||130.3||150.0||182.9||200.7||186.5||197.2||205.7||170.3||173.1||158.9||144.1||2,036.2|
|Percent possible sunshine||43||42||41||47||47||44||45||50||46||49||51||47||46|
|Source #1: China Meteorological Administration|
|Source #2: 富农路蚌埠农业投资频道 |
In ancient times, the Dongyi peoples inhabited this area and were collectively known as the Huaiyi after the Huai River. During the late Western Zhou Period and the early Spring and Autumn Period, the Dongyi became increasingly sinicized. During the late Spring and Autumn Period, the once-powerful Dongyi state of Xu was pressured from all directions and destroyed through a series of wars with its neighbors, such as the Chu State and the Wu State. Another Dongyi State was the small Zhongli State, which was a part of the Huaiyi Confederation led by the State of Xu. Tombs belonging to the royalty of the Zhongli State were discovered in excavations between 2005 and 2008 near Fengyang. Eventually, the Huaiyi peoples were either pushed south or assimilated.
Bengbu has always been a hub of water and land communications in Anhui province, and a major distribution centre for the Huai basin.
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.
Bengbu is one of the centers of the Huai Yang 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.
The city is on the Jinghu Railway, with hourly direct trains to Beijing, Shanghai and other large cities.
The new Bengbu South Railway Station will be served by the high-speed Beijing-Shanghai Railway.
Bengbu Airport, which has been relocated from the city's central urban area around the turn of the 21st century, is presently operated only as a military airfield; however, provisions exist for its future dual use (civil and military).
Colleges and universities
- Anhui University of Finance and Economics
- Bengbu Medical College
- Bengbu College
- Bengbu Tank College (Army)
- Thirteenth Flying Academy (Air Force)
- Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy, since 1988
- Settsu, Osaka, Japan
- Tameside, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
- Government website of Bengbu (in Simplified Chinese)