Bengbu is a prefecture-level city with a population of 3,164,467 at the last census (including rural residents) in northern Anhui Province, China. Its name means 'Oyster Wharf' in Chinese, echoing its former reputation as a freshwater pearl fishery. Its built-up area is home to 802,575 inhabitants spread on the 4 urban districts. This agglomeration is about to include Huaiyuan county in Bengbu as well as Fengyang county in Chuzhou municipality which would soon make an agglomeration of 2,609,820 inhabitants. The prefecture-level city of Bengbu administers seven county-level divisions, including four districts and three counties. These are further divided into 74 township-level divisions, including 36 towns, 19 townships and 19 subdistricts. Bengbu is located 135 kilometres (84 mi) north of Nanjing, on the Huai River.
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