Gansu Facts

Gansu is a northwest province in China, which lies between the Tibetan and Huangtu plateaus and borders Inner Mongolia to the north, Ningxia to the northwest, Shaanxi to the east, Xinjiang and Qinghai to the west, Sichuan to the south. The Yellow River passes through Lanzhou (provincial capital city) and other southern part of the province.

Gansu has a population of over 26 million in its 455000 square km area, with a large concentration of Hui people and Tibetan. Part of the Gobi Desert is located in Gansu, as well as small parts of the Badain Jaran Desert and Tengger Desert. Meanwhile, the Yellow River also flows straight through Lanzhou. Area around Wuwei is part of Shiyang River Basin.

The landscape in Gansu is flat in the north, while very mountainous in the south. The Qilian Mountains are just located in the south area with the highest peak in a height of 5,547 meters. It is located at latitude 39°N and longitude 99°E.

Stretching some 1,000 kilometers from Lanzhou to the Yumenguan Pass, the famous Hexi Corridor is situated within Gansu province. It is bound from north by the Gobi Desert and Qilian Mountains from the south.

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