One of the tourist gems of China's Anhui province, Anqing is an elegant port on the mighty Yangtze river with a long history. But its major attraction is Mount Tianzhu - an incredible landscape of caves, falls, and hiking paths.
A UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, Tianzhushan is unlike anywhere else in China. Its caves, waterfalls, and paths are great fun to explore, and there are sights to see too, like the thousands-of-years-old Sanzu Temple.
Anqing is the home of a distinctive opera style, characterized by flamboyant costumes and spectacular shows. Be sure to book tickets when you're in town.
The city of Anqing is dotted with temples that date back over a thousand years. The most impressive of all is the 240ft-high Yingjiang Temple - a truly remarkable achievement.
Venerated as one of China's sacred mountains, Yellow Mountain (Huangshan) is a beautiful spot, particularly at dawn. Take tours to viewing spots like Dawn Pavilion for some of the most gorgeous sunrises you will ever witness.
Anqing has a hectic festival calendar. Check out local cuisine during the Soy and Tofu Festival (September), visit the Temple Fair at Mt Jiuhua in August, or make a date to attend the Huangmei Opera Festival (also in September).
Anqing has a pleasant climate, and you can expect good weather from April through November. September is ideal though, with mild temperatures and plenty of festivals going on.
Anqing Tianzhushan Airport (AQG) has good connections to Beijing and Shanghai. Expect a taxi into town to cost around ¥50.
Anqing is around four hours from Shanghai by train (fares start at around ¥200), and six hours from Beijing (around ¥440).
From Shanghai, take the G50 straight to Anqing. The G2 or G35 run south from Beijing (expect the journey to take around eight hours).
Anqing has good bus links to most northern Chinese cities, including Suzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, and Wuhan.
Luxury hotels in Anqing include the Sheraton and the Country Garden Phoenix Hotel Anqing.
Yingjiang - Anqing's largest neighborhood, Yingjiang boasts a stunning temple and some of the city's liveliest shopping areas as well.
Daguan - in the west of the city, Daguan borders on the picturesque Qili Lake and is a good place to stay, being outside the busy city center.
Baizehuxiang - a little to the north, Baizehuxiang has two huge shopping malls, and is a great place to bargain hunt.
Anqing's public bus network covers most of the city.
Expect taxis to be fairly cheap, with a meter drop of ¥10 and a charge of around ¥3 per mile after that.
Car rental options in central Anqing include 668 Auto Rental, and you should find deals for around ¥40 per day.
Shopping malls can be found all over Anqing, including the Gaotang and Huibai malls in northern Anqing, and the Wanjiawang Shendun center in the middle of town.
Grocery shopping options include Tesco and Wellcome, where you can expect to pay about ¥10 for 12 eggs.
If you want to try fine Anhui cuisine, Anqing's best restaurants won't let you down. Standouts include HouWei XiaoChu in Yingjiang and Xiao ChengDa Ai Shi Shang on Renmin Road. Meals will cost about ¥50 per head.