Meaning “oyster wharf,” Bengbu is a prefecture-level city in China’s northern Anhui Province. The Sheraton Bengbu Longzihu Hotel is conveniently located in the city’s Economic Development District. Offices, retail shops, the city center, and government offices are just steps away. Hefei Luogang International Airport (HFE) can be reached by car in less than two hours.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Longzi Lake Scenery Zone is famous for its breathtaking scenery. Immerse yourself in nature and discover the history of its temples, pagodas, and an ancient gingko tree that dates back to the Tang Dynasty. At the Zhanggongshan Scenery Zone, visitors can take leisurely strolls on pedestrian paths and enjoy picturesque views, abundant flora, pavilions, corridors, and calligraphy steles. You can also take a ferryboat ride on the lake, sip tea in a teahouse, wander through the rose garden, and visit the zoo, home to northeast tigers, lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, spotted deer, red-crowned cranes, white tigers, and oryxes. A dedicated children’s area has games, rides, and other fun activities.

Catch a riveting Huagudeng Sizhou opera performance. Originating in Bengbu, it is a definitive cultural highlight. Or head to the large antique and jade market downtown. An exhibition hall showcases handicrafts and other items.

Famous for its food, Bengbu is a center for Huai Yang cuisine, one of the province’s best-known cuisines. Sample its highly regarded braised chicken dish called fuliji. River crawfish made with ample spices is another local specialty. Other native food items include wine, peanuts, asparagus, and pomegranates.