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Anhui Province

Location: Anhui Province is situated in the northwest of East China across the basins of the Yangtze River and the Huaihe River.

Area: 130,000 square kilometers

Climate: Warm-temperate, semi-humid, monsoonal climate north of the Huaihe River, with frequent spring droughts and summer floods; subtropical, humid, monsoonal climate in the south; clear-cut seasons; plum rains between spring and summer, sometimes followed by summer droughts.

provincial capital: Hefei

Population: 59.86 millions (March 2001)

Ethnic groups: Han, Hui, and She

Major Cities: Huangshan; Bengbu; Tongling; Ma'anshan

Agriculture: Benefitting from the mild climate, Anhui Province is rich with agricultural resources and products, and possesses 64 million mu of farmland, 62 million mu of forest land and 8 million mu of aquatic farm. Many Anhui's agruicultural products are famous both at home and abroad including: grapes, pears, pomegranates, green tea(Huang Shan), black tea (Keemum), crab, bull, Fuyang yellow cow, Dingyuan pig, silver fish (Chaohu lake) and white goose of Luan.

Industry: The major provincial minerals are coal and iron. The coal field extends from Guzhen in the east to Yingshang in the west and from Huainan in the south to Xisoxian in the north. This is a vast area and its reserves come out first in East China.

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