He County

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He County
Coordinates: 31°44′N 118°21′E / 31.74°N 118.35°E / 31.74; 118.35Coordinates: 31°44′N 118°21′E / 31.74°N 118.35°E / 31.74; 118.35
Country People's Republic of China
Province Anhui
Prefecture-level city Ma'anshan
Established August 2011
 • Total 1,318.6 km2 (509.1 sq mi)
 • Total 540,000
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard Time)
Website http://www.hx.gov.cn/

He County or Hexian (simplified Chinese: 和县; traditional Chinese: 和縣; pinyin: Hé Xiàn) is a county in the east of Anhui Province, People's Republic of China, under the jurisdiction of Ma'anshan. It has a population of 650,000 and an area of 1,412 square kilometres (545 sq mi). The government of He County is located in Liyang Town.


From 1965 to 2011, He County was under the jurisdiction of Chaohu. On August 22, 2011, the Anhui provincial government reorganized the province and split Chaohu into three parts that were absorbed by neighboring prefecture-level cities.[1][2]


He County is located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River. He County borders Chuzhou to the northwest, Nanjing to the northeast, the three urban districts of Ma'anshan to the east, Wuhu to the south, and Hanshan County to the west.

He County has a total area of 1318.6 square kilometers (509 sq mi), of which 48% is arable land. He County is situated on the Yangtze Plain and has relatively flat terrain in the southeast, with ponds dotting the alluvial plains, with the northwest of the county consisting of rolling hills.

Administrative divisions[edit]

He County has jurisdiction over eleven towns and four townships.


Fossils of Homo erectus, a predecessor of modern humans, were excavated from Longtandong cave on the side of Wanjiashan mountain in Hexian between 1980 and 1981.[3]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Louisa Lim. "The Curious Case Of The Vanishing Chinese City". NPR.org. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Three-way split to wipe Anhui city off the map". China Daily. August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hexian Homo erectus Archived 2008-07-20 at the Wayback Machine.