Hefei

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2. 庐阳
3. 合淝

2. 廬陽
3. 合淝

2. Lúyáng
3. Héféi

Hefei (Chinese: ; pinyin: Héféi; Wade–Giles: Hofei, Mandarin pronunciation: [xɤ˧˥fei̯˧˥]; also known as Luzhou or Luyang; former names: Ho-fei, Luzhou, Luchow) is a prefecture-level city and the capital of Anhui province, China. It is the political, economic, and cultural centre of Anhui. Located in the central portion of the province, it borders Huainan to the north, Chuzhou to the northeast, Chaohu to the southeast and Lu'an to the west.

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History

From the 8th to the 6th century BC, Hefei was the site of many small states , later a part of the Chu kingdom. Many archaeological finds dating from this period have been made. The name Hefei was first given to the county set up in the area under the Han dynasty in the 2nd century BC. During the 4th to the 6th century AD, this crucial border region between northern and southern states was much fought over; its name and administrative status were consequently often changed. During the Sui (581–618) and Tang (618–907) periods, it became the seat of Lu prefecture — a title it kept until the 15th century, when it became a superior prefecture named Luzhou.

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