Huangshan city – named Xin'an, Shezhou or Huizhou in ancient times – is administered by Anhui province.
With 2,200 years of recorded history, it closely connected to Jiangxi province in the southwest and Zhejiang province in the southeast. The prefecture-level city of Huangshan was established in 1987 and now has jurisdiction over the Tunxi, Huangshan and Huizhou districts and four counties – Shexian, Xiuning, Yixian and Qimen – with a total area of 9,807 square kilometers and has a registered population of 1.47 million.
The air quality of Huangshan city now ranks in the top three in China all year round. Negative oxygen irons in Huangshan Mountain scenic area are as high as 20,000 per cubic centimeter. The rate of excellent and good surface water is 100 percent, ranking it first in the Yangtze River Delta region. The forest coverage rate is 82.9 percent, ranking it third among the prefecture-level cities in China.
A magnificent panorama of a section of the Xin'an River in Shexian county. [Photo/VCG]