Qingyang, which is habitually called Long Dong due to its locality , is one of Gansu’s prefecture-level cities. It borders Shaanxi Province in the east, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the west, and in the south, you’ll find Pingliang City.
Qingyang has a total land area of 27,119 km². About 530 square kilometers is covered by grassland and about 200 square meters is covered by lush forest. Qingyang is well known in China and to tourists because of its rich folk culture. It boasts local traditional Chinese art forms such as Qingyang sachet, shadow puppet theater, paper cuts, folk music, needle work, and songs.
The history of Qingyang is said to have started in 11th century when the first paleolith was discovered in Huachi Country. Zhou dynasty started developing Qingyang at that time. However, it was during the Qin Dynasty that shires and prefectures began to be set up in the region. During Qin Dynasty, a portion of Great Wall was built here and during the Tang Dynasty, imperial palaces were introduced. During Jin Dynasty, the grottoes in the area were excavated and during the Ming Dynasty, the stone memorial archways were erected.
The region experience semi-dry continental climate with lots of sunshine. The city experience very little rain along with low humidity. Average temperature is 7°C-10°C. The rainy season is from July to September. The best seasons to visit Qingyang are summer and autumn.
Located at the joint of Gansu and Shanxi, Qingyang food features both places’ distinctive flavor. The most famous food in Qinyang is Spicy Noodles with Minced meat and is often called “Whistling Noodles.” The dish is perfect for people of all ages because the noodles are soft and thin thus, making them easy to digest. The noodles are served in two different soup materials; with minced meat or with sour soup.
North Grotto Temple
The North Grotto Temple is 25 kilometers away from Xifeng District in Gansu. It lies between the banks of Ruhe and Puhe rivers. The Grotto is surrounded by clear waters on the front and lush mountains at the back. The temple has the most abundant historical relics and artifacts. It features more than 2,000 sculptures and 295 caves on the cliff from Northern Zhou Dynasty, Wei Dynasty, Song Dynasty, and Qing Dynasty.
Cave No. 165 is the biggest of all the caves where visitors can find a total of seven Buddhas, which are considered impressive masterpieces. They were built during the Wei Dynasty.
Address: Xifeng District, Gansu Province
Phone number: 0934-8212126
Hours: 7:30am – 6pm
How to get there: From Xifeng town, take a taxi to the North Grotto Temple. Fare is CNY15.
Entrance fee: CNY15
Zhouzuling Forest Park
Zhouzuling Forest Park is located in Dong Mountain in Yingyang County. Aside from great natural scenery, the park is also famous for Zhouzu Tomb.
In here, one can find Zhousu Pavilion, Zhouzu Palace, Eight Diagram Pavilion, Stele Gallery, Emperor temple, Lanfeng Pavilion, and additional 38 temples for 38 emperors from Zhouwen King to Nan King. Because of its rich content, the park is considered a rich resource of data for research and study of Zhou Dynasty.
Location: East Mountain Xifeng District
Phone number: 0934-3229679
How to get there: Take a bus from Qingyang County to the forest park
Entrance Fee: None