Coordinates: 31°44′N 118°21′E / 31.74°N 118.35°E / 31.74; 118.35Coordinates: 31°44′N 118°21′E / 31.74°N 118.35°E / 31.74; 118.35
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level cityMa'anshan
EstablishedAugust 2011
 • Total1,319 km2 (509 sq mi)
 • Total410,899
 • Density310/km2 (810/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard Time)
Postal Code

He County or Hexian (simplified Chinese: 和县; traditional Chinese: 和縣; pinyin: Hé Xiàn) is a county in the east of Anhui Province, People's Republic of China, under the jurisdiction of Ma'anshan. It has a population of 650,000 and an area of 1,412 square kilometres (545 sq mi). The government of He County is located in Liyang Town.


From 1965 to 2011, He County was under the jurisdiction of Chaohu. On August 22, 2011, the Anhui provincial government reorganized the province and split Chaohu into three parts that were absorbed by neighboring prefecture-level cities.[1][2]


He County is located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River. He County borders Chuzhou to the northwest, Nanjing to the northeast, the three urban districts of Ma'anshan to the east, Wuhu to the south, and Hanshan County to the west.

He County has a total area of 1318.6 square kilometers (509 sq mi), of which 48% is arable land. He County is situated on the Yangtze Plain and has relatively flat terrain in the southeast, with ponds dotting the alluvial plains, with the northwest of the county consisting of rolling hills.

Administrative divisions

He County has jurisdiction to 9 towns, and its 1 former town and 4 former townships were merged to other towns.

9 Towns
  • Liyang (历阳镇)
  • Baiqiao (白桥镇)
  • Laoqiao (姥桥镇)
  • Gongqiao (功桥镇)
  • Xibu (西埠镇)
  • Xiangquan (香泉镇)
  • Wujiang (乌江镇)
  • Shanhou (善厚镇)
  • Shiyang (石杨镇)


Fossils of Homo erectus, a predecessor of modern humans, were excavated from Longtandong cave on the side of Wanjiashan mountain in Hexian between 1980 and 1981.[3]

Notable people


  1. ^ Louisa Lim. "The Curious Case Of The Vanishing Chinese City". NPR.org. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Three-way split to wipe Anhui city off the map". China Daily. August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Hexian Homo erectus Archived 2008-07-20 at the Wayback Machine