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China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Bengbu is a prefecture-level city with a population of 585,000 in northern Anhui province, People's Republic of China. It borders Suzhou to the north, Huaibei to the northwest, Bozhou to the west, Huainan to the southwest, Chuzhou to the south, and the province of Jiangsu to the east. The city is twinned with Tameside in Greater Manchester, England. It has an area of 5,952 square kilometers and its population in 2004 was 3,469,700. Major Nationalities is Han, County-level divisions are 7, township-level divisions are 74.
Bengbu is located 135 kilometers north of Nanjing, on the Huai River. It is divided into two parts namely greater Bengbu on the south bank of the river and little Bengbu on the north bank. Bengbu has always been a hub of water and land communications in Anhui province, and a major distribution centre for the Huai basin. The name echoes its former reputation as a center of the freshwater pearl fishery. In 1948, during the Chinese Civil War, the Communist People's Liberation Army won a decisive victory over Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist forces near Bengbu, in the Battle of Huaihai.
Economically Bengbu is now a famous food city in Anhui province. Food-related industries account for 44 percent of the city's industrial production. The city's other industries include engineering works, textiles, glass making, chemicals and electronics. Bengbu is one of the centers of the Yanhuai cuisine, one of the three noted cuisines of Anhui province. The dishes tend to be salty and slightly hot, with thick soups. One of the famous dishes is fuliji whose 13 herbs and spices give it a rich aroma.

Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Bengbu enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers. A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, Bengbu is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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