Popular with Chinese tourists from Shanghai & Hangzhou, Anji offers a glimpse of rural life amid the bamboo forests.
At the 2010 census, its population was 2,893,542 inhabitants, of whom 757,165 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of Wuxing District as Nanxun District is not being conurbated yet. Huzhou, in its general aspect, is in the center of the Yangtze River Delta Economic Area, with the city center 10 km (6. 2 mi) south of Lake Tai (the third largest freshwater lake in China). There are transportation links to the provincial capital of Hangzhou 78 km (48 mi)away in the south, Jiangsu and Anhui province in the west, and the metropolitan municipality of Shanghai 150 km (93 mi)to the east. Flowing quietly through the city is the Changxing-Huzhou-Shanghai Channel. It is also referred to as the "Eastern Rhine River" for the continuous barge transportation that goes on similarly to the more internationally known Rhine River in Germany. The State Way 318 passes through Huzhou in an east-west direction and the State Way 104 in a north-south direction; the Nanjing-Huzhou-Hangzhou toll expressway and Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Anhui toll expressway offers convenient access to major areas in the region.