in the upper reaches of the Huanghe River, northwest China, Gansu
Province borders on Ningxia, Shaanxi,
Inner Mongolia, Sichuan,
and Mongolia. Area: more than 390000 km2.
Province occupies a long narrow area at the junction of Loess Plateau,
Mongolia Plateau and Qinghai-Xizang (Tibet) Plateau. Mountainous
areas and plateau make up 70% of the total land and the most parts
of the province are as high as 1000-3000 metres above sea level.
province belongs to the temperate monsoon climate zone, and is one
of the arid provinc in China. The annual mean temperature is 4-14c
and the annual rainfall is merely 300-560 mm.
has a developed tourist industry. The world-famous ancient Silk
Road once passed through the province and left a great number of
historic relics. The national major scenic areas include Mt.Maiji,Mt.Kongdong,
Mingsha Hill-Yueya (crescent) Spring, and Jiayuguan Pass, etc. Mogao
Grottoes in Dunhuang were listed in the World Heritages in 1987
by UNESCO.Other Historic sites, such as Binglingsi Grottoes, Yulin
Grottoes, Shuiliandong Grottoes, Labrang Temple. Haizang Temple
etc, are all well-known to tourists.
melon, Chinese angelica, black melon-seeds and lily,etc, are all
famous local products. The traditional handicraft articles, such
as jade carving, are well-received by the vistiors.