Hefei is the capital and largest city of Anhui Province, People's Republic of China. A prefecture-level city, it is the political, economic, and cultural center of Anhui. Its built-up area is made up of five urban districts plus Feidong and Changfeng counties. Located in the central portion of the province, it borders Huainan to the north, Chuzhou to the northeast, Wuhu to the southeast, Tongling to the south, Anqing to the southwest and Lu'an to the west. A natural hub of communications, Hefei is situated to the north of Chao Lake and stands on a low saddle crossing the north-eastern extension of the Dabie Mountains, which forms the divide between the Huai and Yangtze rivers.
The GDP of Hefei was ¥627.43 billion (ca. US$91.12 billion) in 2016. Modern-day Hefei has machinery, electronics, chemistry, steel, textile, and cigarette industries, among others. Hefei has been identified by the Economist Intelligence Unit in the November 2010 Access China White Paper as a member of the CHAMPS (Chongqing, Hefei, Anshan, Ma'anshan, Pingdingshan and Shenyang), an economic profile of the top 20 emerging cities in China. These cities are favoured for several reasons, including the breadth of business opportunities available, the ongoing construction boom, rising home and vehicle ownership and spending on personal appliances. Hefei was identified by The Economist in December 2012 as the world's No.1 fastest growing metropolitan economy.
Hefei is rated Gamma + by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Gamma level cities are cities that link smaller economic regions into the world economy.
Hefei is ranked #145 by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. Hefei is rated C by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. C cities are international gateway cities. Hefei was ranked #973 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Hefei has a population of over 3,352,076 people. Hefei also forms part of the wider Hefei metropolitan area which has a population of over 7,965,300 people.