Administrative Division: 2 districts (Huicheng, Huiyang); 3
counties (Boluo, Huidong, Longmen)
Location: Situated in the southeast of Guangdong Province, Huizhou
is off the Dayawan Bay of the South China Sea and is neighbor to
Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
History: Early in the Neolithic Age, human beings started to live
in this area. In 591 of the Sui Dynasty (581-618), the government
set up Xunzhou, which then became one of the political, economic
and cultural centers of Guangdong. The name of Huizhou came into
being in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). In 1949 when the new Republic
of China was established, the government set Huiyang County as the
capital of Dongjiang Area. In 1994, Huiyang County was changed into
a prefecture-level city.
Physical Features: In the north and east parts of Huizhou lie
ranges of mountains and hills while in the middle covers large
areas of plains. The south of Huizhou is decorated with long
meandering coastline which brings charming sceneries.
Climatic Features: Huizhou belongs to the subtropical monsoon
climate zone, with the Tropic of Cancer crosses the city. The
climate is mild and humid. The annual average temperature is about
22C (72F). Rains are frequent from April to August.
When to Go: Due to the pleasant climate all year round, it is
marvelous to visit Huizhou at any time of a year. However, it's
better to avoid the rainy period that is from July to August. From
September to October, it is sunny and good time for visit.
Local Highlights: Huizhou is the historical and cultural city of
Guangdong as well as one of the 'China Top Tourist Cities'. Scenic
spots are varied in mountains, rivers, seas and forests. The local
tradition is quite interesting such as Dragon Dance in the Spring
Festival and Moon Admiring on Mid Autumn Festival, which is the
second most important festival in Huizhou. Yao ethnic minority
group in Longmen County has special customs, adding more charm to
Huizhou. In addition, Huizhou has become the largest battery and
laser head production base in the world, the largest telephone and
computer mainboard production base in Asia and the largest
television, camera and other advanced electronical productions base
in China. 17 of the world's top 500 enterprises have branches in
Special Local Products: orange, mango, longan, mustard and cool tea
Famous Tourist Spots:
Luofu Mountain: Off the Dongjiang River, Luofu Mountain is one of
the ten most famous mountains in China. It is also renowned for the
Nankun Mountain: Located in southwest of Longmen County, it is
famed as 'Green Land on the Tropic of Cancer'. Family inns and
summer escape are the distinctive features of this mountain.
West Lake: This West Lake was once as famous as the Hangzhou West
Lake in the history. The reputed Song Dynasty literate Sushi has
been there and left many stories.
Xunliao Bay: Situate in the Dayawan Bay, it is an unpolluted, quiet
paradise for those sea-lovers. The pure water, shinning white sand
make it a 'Green Emerald' and 'White Golden Beach'.
Pinghai Ancient City: It is a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) city in
Huidong County. Boasting a long history of more than 600 years, it
is honored as the 'live fossil' of southern China culture.
Other Spots: Longmen Hot Spring, Tangquan Hot Spring, Yongji
Ecological Garden, Gangkou National Turtle Protection Area, Lantian
Yao Ethnic Minority Group Flavor Garden, Dongsheng Fishing Village
Tourist Tips: Huizhou is easily accessible. Huizhou Airport (HUZ)
is about 25 kilometers (16 miles) east of the city. It has direct
flights to Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Wuxi and other important cities
in China. Shuttle buses ply from the inner city to the airport.
Huizhou is only one to two hours drive to the two largest airports
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) and Shenzhen Bao'an Airport (SZX).
Two railway lines cross Huizhou, extending to Guangzhou, Shenzhen,
Shantou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Nanchang, Changsha, Yueyang and many other
cities. Almost all the counties and towns are linked by highways.
In addition, more than ten scheduled buses run to Hong Kong every
day. Visitors can wait for them in nearly all the hotels in
Huizhou. Huizhou Harbor has direct sea routes to lots of harbors in
the world with goods transportation. It takes only 40 minutes from
there to Hong Kong. Air-conditioned city buses are cheap and
comfortable for around-city tour.