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Map of Gansu and the Silk Road


Gansu Province

Situated in the upper reaches of the Huanghe River, northwest China, Gansu Province borders on Ningxia, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Sichuan, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Mongolia. Area: more than 390000 km2.

Gansu 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.

The 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.

Gansu 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.

Bailan 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.


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