外文标题：Gao Writes To Me From Wuhu- Wow !………………Part 2
Wuhu literally means a “Weedy Lake”. It is a prefecture-level city in Anhui province and is situated on the southeast bank of the Yangtze River.
It was known as ‘Jiuci’ during the Spring and Autumn Periods (770BC-576BC) for its abundance of ponds and lakes. Its present name dates from the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD), and it has been reputed as a land of fish and rice since the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it became a flourishing commercial center attracting a myriad of businessmen. On the Southeast it has Xuancheng and Chizhou and Tongling to the southwest.
It has Hefei to the northwest and Ma’anshan to the northeast while Jiangsu province lies to its east. It is about 90 km from Nanjing. Hefei is the capital city of Anhui province. Wuhu is 119 Kms from Hefei.
Location: It is located in the southeast of Anhui Province, on the south bank of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The Yangtze River crosses the city from southwest to northeast.
The city is located on the alluvial plain of the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and is comprised of floodplains, terraces and low hills. The plains and hills, rivers and lakes criss-cross the region.
The city has Qingyi River, Shuiyang River, Zhanghe River and Heisha Lake, Longwo Lake, Kui Lake to name a few.
As I write about it, I visualize it must be a dream place to be at with so many rivers and lakes all around. I have lived in Jiangsu along the banks of Yangtze but surprisingly, I didn’t find mosquitoes and other insects that thrive on water bodies.
I also was amazed to find no flies and cockroaches. Whatever China does to control the infestation of its towns by pests, its doing it remarkably well, because in India,
it is impossible to think of a place without mosquitoes and flies while in the monsoon the moths, bugs, insects of every size and description surface and take over as invading army having a free run over a nation of hapless people.
What to talk of Central America where the habitation exists on the fringes of the forests, even in America flies and mosquitoes have a free run.
In Australia, though I found her very clean, not becuase of the people but because of their absence :), the flies seem to stick to you and either they bite or the goo on their feet is too gummy because you get the pricklish, ticklish feeliing as they crawl or feast on you through probocis or the tongue or whatever organ they have for feeding.
It is predominantly plain and because of its ample supply of water the town has plentiful production of rice and fish.
Autumn is usually the best time to visit it as the weather is cool and the chrysanthemums are in blossom.