What to do and see in Hefei, China: The Best Places and Tips

August 1, 2017 Merry Kessler

Hefei (/ˈhəˈfeɪ/, Chinese: 合肥) is the capital and largest city of Anhui Province in China. A prefecture-level city, it is the political, economic, and cultural center of Anhui. Located in the central portion of the province, it borders Huainan to the north, Chuzhou to the northeast, Wuhu to the southeast, Tongling to the south, Anqing to the southwest and Lu'an to the west.
Restaurants in Hefei

1. Hefei Swan Lake

Chief Cultural New District, Shushan District, Hefei 230031, China
Excellent
40%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Hefei Swan Lake

Reviewed By sunyswimpurch - Hefei, China

It's a lovely walk around the lake and if you get tired along the way there are 4 malls that can accommodate hungry travelers. Wanda Plaza, Yintai City, Xindi Center, and MixC. Good in the morning or in the evening.

2. Xiaoyaojin Park

No.16 Shouchun Road, Luyang District, Hefei 230001, China +86 551 6261 4651
Excellent
28%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 105 reviews

Xiaoyaojin Park

Reviewed By Dan H

Overall this is a great park to visit and relax and it does not charge admission (at least when i visited). Many of the more popular areas within the park can be quite busy on the weekend, however, if you look you can find some quiet areas if you looking for it. Like many popular parks in China, there is an extra fee for boating or the amusement park rides. There is both english, pinyin and chinese characters written on many of the signs within the park. If you are hungry there is also food, however, i would recommend holding out and going to the food street which is about a 10 minute walk away from the park. There are some historical views within the park and a little of everything to do and see. This is a nice park to spend a couple of hours exploring or longer if you want to rest there.

3. Bao Zheng's Ancestral House of Anhui

East of Huancheng South Road, Yaohai District, Hefei 230011, China
Excellent
26%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 60 reviews

Bao Zheng's Ancestral House of Anhui

Reviewed By 2MonkeysDad - Charlotte, NC

Lord Bao was a judge in ancient China. And he was not political in all his dealings. He was a tough judge, but a fair judge. He was willing to go after royalty and peasant's alike for broken laws and rules. The grounds are beautifully kept, lots of Lotus flowers, wax museum displays and signs in both English and Mandarin. It is small, less than 1.5 hours to go through everything. It was a nice local diversion.

4. HuaiHe Lu BuXingJie

Huaihai Road, Hefei, China
Excellent
38%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 42 reviews

HuaiHe Lu BuXingJie

Reviewed By Laxiaozi08200912 - Beijing, China

So just like Nanjing Rd. in Shang Hai, Huai He Lu in Hefei also has different shops around mostly apple computer and iphone stores. You can also find different regional foods here as well. The Lake is on the east side, then Xiao Yao Jin Amusement Park to the North. If you're going to get married, be sure to stop by the Victory's Marriage Dress store to get a wedding gown for the bride! Nicely done!

5. Hefei Botanical Garden

No.123 Huanhu East Road , Shushan District, Hefei 230031, China 0551-5312510
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Hefei Botanical Garden

Reviewed By Yue Z - Hefei, China

It has various kinds of flowers and trees and is really beautiful in spring and fall. It's nice in summer too but maybe a little bit hot (morning and late afternoon are the best time to visit in summer)

6. Former Residence of Li Hongzhang

No.208 Huaihe Road, Luyang District, Hefei 230001, China 0551-2616772
Excellent
17%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Former Residence of Li Hongzhang

Reviewed By Laxiaozi08200912 - Beijing, China

李鸿章曾住的,quite interesting place to see this bureaucrat's wealth and his heirlooms. Entrance fee about 20 yuan. Lots about the 19th and early 20th century how he became a great bureaucrat. Not too interesting though the his residence looks nice. All worth a visit!

7. Bao Zheng Cemetery

Huancheng South Road, Luyang District, Hefei 230000, China 0551-2887011
Excellent
37%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Bao Zheng Cemetery

Reviewed By Chinajuly2011 - Hefei

Mr Bao was a very important person in the Chinese history. The cemetery is surrounded by a nice park where people play, rent electric boats and rest.
In the middle of the park there is a museum dedicated to Bao. This is well developed within the Chinese style.

8. Wanda Plaza (Hefei Baohe)

No.130 Ma'anshan Road, Baohe District, Hefei, China
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 10 reviews

Wanda Plaza (Hefei Baohe)

Reviewed By RGGCLG - Frisco, Texas

My family and I are traveling on our Annual Asia Vacation. This weekend we are staying in Hefei, which is in Anhui Province, China. Normally, we do not write reviews, especially for a typical Shopping Mall/Center. However, the 'Wanda Plaza' at this location seems to have much more available than your typical Shopping Center, and it is in a good location. Including close to multiple hotels which are close, like within a three to five kilometer radius, to very close, such as the Westin, which is literally right across the street from the Wanda Plaza.
Within the Wanda Plaza, there are WAY too many different types of retail stores/shops to list, however for those business men and women who like to update their 'writing utensil' on occasion, there is even a Monte Blanc retail location, which I was surprised to find ['out here in the country'] in Hefei, Anhui Province.
Plus, there are tons of restaurants! Many of course are Chinese in cuisine and style, although there seems to be an abundance (overage) of Korean Cuisine Restaurants. If by chance, Korean cuisine is your thing, the Korean Restaurant we dined at had only a moderate (at best) menu. Compared to 'real Korean cuisine', the food was decent, but nothing to write home about. Also, don't expect them to have a clue as to what the dishes equate to in Korea, because they have no clue. Just have fun, and enjoy the experience, because I will give them a A+ for effort.
Additionally, there are many Western restaurants including Starbucks. I know, I know, Starbucks is not a full Restaurant, however to some of us - coffee is a necessity. There is also a McDonalds, KFC, DQ, Pizza Hut, Subway, et cetera. Although it is not within the Wanda Plaza, there is also a Burger King which is within a short 8-12 minute[depends upon traffic] taxi ride from this location. Therefore, if you are a Western, in need of a 'Westerner's Food Fix' as I call it, then you should be able to find something to fit your needs.
As the father of multiple boys, the greatest joy was finding a store location called "Super Player", which basically is very similar to an Asian 'Dave & Busters', which also includes a miniature 'Urban Air' or 'Jump Zone' (in much smaller scale). Once this location was identified and scouted, this is where we took our boys, and let them wear themselves out for (4+) four hours. ( Yeah! :-) Within forty-five minutes, many of the [very friendly] local kids who were playing in the trampoline area, had made sure all of our boys were being included in their round robin, dodge ball (not really a ball, more like blocks of foam), which were being used to 'tag' each other.
In summary, today in total we spent from approximately 10:30 am through almost 7:30 pm as patrons at different retail locations within this particular Wanda Plaza location. All of our boys had a fantastic time and had already asked if we would be returning to 'play' at some point in the future. They all have been asleep now for over an hour, my wife & I actually have some quiet time this evening, and everyone had a great time, and it was well worth every bit of currency that we spent.

9. Hefei University Of Science And Technology Of China

No.96 Jingzhai Road, Baohe District, Hefei 230022, China 0551-3602663
Excellent
67%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Hefei University Of Science And Technology Of China

Reviewed By TP1234 - Boston, MA

University Of Science And Technology Of China (aka USTC) is one of the top schools in China. During its prime (80s - 90s ?) it attracted top students from all over the country. In Hefei, USTC is a big deal. Someone told me that the president of the university has higher ranking than the Major of the city.
Over the years the university has grown to 4-5 campuses. It was great to walk through 3 of them and take some pictures.

10. Hefei Wild-life Zoo

No.2 Huanshan South Road, Shushan District, Hefei 230088, China 0551-5395655
Excellent
23%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Hefei Wild-life Zoo

Reviewed By Dan H

A small zoo when compared to others with in China or Asia Pacific. The entry cost is low and reasonable given the size. Easily this can be completed in a few hours. Like many zoos within China, the animal pens are open and garbage is thrown into them by visiting Chinese people hoping to get the animals to react. There are a few really cool exhibits here like the kangaroos and the Japanese monkeys. Easy to walk around the zoo and not many stairs. Food and drinks are available for sale within the park but as mentioned earlier much is thrown into the animal enclosures. There are some monkeys that are fed regularly by the chinese tourists so they are reaching out to collect more food thrown by the people visiting.
Besides this common occurrence at all zoos in China, the park holds some unique animals and it is worth the few hours it takes to walk through the park.

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