View of Huangshan (Mount Huang) in Anhui Province. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Anhui is a small, land-locked province in eastern China about the size of the state of North Carolina. The province boasts a rich cultural history; many of China’s most important ancient philosophers and several types of traditional Chinese opera were born there.
Anhui was officially established as a province in 1667 during the Qing dynasty (1644–1912). The word “Anhui” is a portmanteau word derived from