With excellent location, huge market, developed transport and convenient logistics, Anhui is an ideal place for industrial investment.
At the end of 2015, the expressway mileage of Anhui Province reached 4,246 kilometers, first-grade high way 3,166 kilometers and railway operating mileage 4,0621 kilometers. The railway network density ranks the top throughout east China. It takes, from the provincial capital of Hefei, only one hour to Nanjing, two hours to Wuhan, three hours to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Fuzhou and four hours to Beijing by high-speed rail. A convenient expressway network has been basically formed with Hefei-Nanjing expressway reaching Nanjing and Shanghai in the east, Wuhu-Xuancheng expressway reaching Hangzhou in the south, Hefei-Anqing expressway reaching Wuhan in the west, Hefei-Xuzhou expressway reaching Xuzhou in the north. The international freight trains from Hefei via Xinjiang to Europe reduced the freight fee by about a half compared to air transport. It takes 20 days shorter than the traditional transport to Central Asia by train and sea, and 15-20 days shorter to Western Europe than traditionally by sea, thus opening the new channel to the west. By the end of the “13th Five-year Plan”, there will have been new railway mileage of 1,930 km, including 1,540 km of passenger line; the expressway operating mileage throughout Anhui province will have reached 5,200 kilometers, the first-grade highway operating mileage will have reached 5,000 kilometers; 4,000-5,000 kilometers of the second-grade highway will have been upgraded and reconstructed.
The waterway shipping system in Anhui covers 81% of the cities and counties of the province. The inland navigable mileage throughout the province exceeds 5,729 kilometers, with over 1,420kilometers of high-grade waterways. There are 5 first-class open ports in Wuhu, Ma’anshan, Tongling, Anqing and Chuzhou, with 400 kilometers of waterway along the Yangtze River. In particular, Wuhu Port is the main hub for foreign trade; Tongling Port is one of the first ports in China with direct navigation to Taiwan; Anqing Port is one of the top ten inland river ports. They are all open to the navigation of 10,000-ton-class ships. The 5 major ports enjoy the policy support in domestic and international trade routes and container transport. It’s estimated that by the end of the 13th Five-year Plan, the port capacity of Anhui province will have reached 700 million tons and the container throughout will have amounted to 2.8 million TEU.
There are five civilian airports in Hefei, Huangshan, Chizhou, Anqing and Fuyang. The 4E-level Xinqiao International Airport in Hefei has opened 51 domestic routes, 13 international and regional routes reaching Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Korea, Japan, Thailand and Germany, the flight route network covering 60 large and middle-sized cities all over the world. At present, Hefei plans to focus on connecting the hub airports in south-east Asia, north-east Asia, Europe and America, and meanwhile open new passenger routes, and actively develop all-cargo routes. During the 13th Five-year Plan, a new first-grade airport in Mount. Jiuhua will be opened and more airports will be built in Wuhu, Bengbu and Chuzhou.