Jiuquan Travel Guide

Last updated by fabiowzgogo at 2015/5/14

Jiuquan Overview

Jiuquan gets its name from a line of a poem, that is, "there is a spring under the city and the water in the spring tastes like wine". Jiuquan is " the hometown of the Dunhuang art " and " the cradle of China's aerospace industry". Mountain, basin, gobi and oasis are the important elements of the landscape in Jiuquan. Qilian Mountains spans large area and stretches far. Snow, ice and glacier can been seen here and there in places above 4,000 meters above sea level. The gobi and desert are broad and boundless. The black gravels in the desert are ancient and attractive. Mirage is manifested briefly in the desert. The basins between mountains are contiguous. There are a lot of plains and oases in Jiuquan. Streams flow through the whole city. The natural landscape is bizarre and splendid.

Jiuquan City is located in the fort of the northwest frontier. The Silk Road runs across here. It has a very long history. Jiuquan, Zhangye, Dunhuang and Wuwei were the four counties in Hexi region, which were established in the Western Han Dynasty. Since the Western Han Dynasty, Qiuquan has been the door and strategic passage from the central plains (comprising the middle and lower reaches of the Huanghe River) to the Western Regions and even the Central Asia and Europe. It's an important strategic place of military and transportation on the ancient Silk Road. The history has left deep marks here. There are a lot of places of historic interest, such as, the Duhuang Mogao Grotto, the Jade Gate, the Suoyang City, the Yulin Grotto, the Resort of the Western Dynasty, etc. All these show that the land is old, wide and boundless when they are set against the glory of the sunset in the gobi.

Area Code: 0937
Postal Code: 735000
Area: 191,200 square meters
Population: 1,000,000
Division: three cities- Jiuquan, Dunhuang and Yumen; four counties-Anxi, Subei, Akesai and Jinta.