|Chinese||甘肃省 (Gānsù Shěng)|
|Abbreviation||GS / or (pinyin: Gān / Lǒng)|
|Named for||gān: Ganzhou District, Zhangye
/肅 sù: Suzhou District, Jiuquan
(and largest city)
|Divisions||14 prefectures, 86 counties, 1344 townships|
|Total||453,700 km (175,200 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||5,830 m (19,130 ft)|
|Density||56/km (150/sq mi)|
|Ethnic composition||Han: 91%|
|Languages and dialects||Zhongyuan Mandarin, Lanyin Mandarin, Amdo Tibetan|
|ISO 3166 code||CN-GS|
|GDP (2017)||CNY 767.70 billion
USD 113.70 billion (27th)
|per capita||CNY 29,326
USD 4,343 (31st)
medium · 27th
|Literal meaning||"Gan (zhou) and Su (zhou)"|
|TranscriptionsStandard MandarinHanyu PinyinGānsùBopomofoㄍㄢ ㄙㄨˋGwoyeu RomatzyhGansuhWade–GilesKan-suIPA[kán.sûother MandarinXiao'erjingقًا صُوَعDunganГансўWuSuzhouneseKoe-sohYue: CantoneseYale RomanizationGām-sūkJyutpingGam-sukIPA[kɐ́m.sók̚Southern MinTâi-lôKam-siok|
Its capital and largest city is Lanzhou, in the southeast part of the province.
The seventh-largest administrative district by area at 453,700 square kilometres (175,200 sq mi), Gansu lies between the Tibetan and Loess plateaus and borders Mongolia (Govi-Altai Province), Inner Mongolia and Ningxia to the north, Xinjiang and Qinghai to the west, Sichuan to the south and Shaanxi to the east.
The Yellow River passes through the southern part of the province.
Part of Gansu's territory is located in the Gobi Desert.
The Qilian mountains are located in the south of the Province.
Gansu has a population of 26 million, ranking 22nd in China.
The most common language is Mandarin.
Gansu is among the poorest administrative divisions in China, ranking 31st, last place, in GDP per capita as of 2019.
Tourism also plays a role in Gansu's economy.
Gansu is a compound of the names of Gānzhou (now the main urban district and seat of Zhangye) and Sùzhou (an old name and the modern seat of Jiuquan), formerly the two most important Chinese settlements in the Hexi Corridor.
Gansu is abbreviated as "" (Gān) or "" (Lǒng), and was also known as Longxi (陇西; '"[land] west of Long"') or Longyou (陇右; '"[land] right of Long"') prior to early Western Han dynasty, in reference to the Long Mountain (the modern day Liupan Mountain's southern section) between eastern Gansu and western Shaanxi.
Its eastern part forms part of one of the cradles of ancient Chinese civilisation.
In prehistoric times, Gansu was host to Neolithic cultures.
The Qin name is believed to have originated, in part, from the area.
In imperial times, Gansu was an important strategic outpost and communications link for the Chinese empire, as the Hexi Corridor runs along the "neck" of the province.
Remains of the wall and the towns can be found there.
To the west of Yumenguan and the Qilian Mountains, at the northwestern end of the province, the Yuezhi, Wusun, and other nomadic tribes dwelt (Shiji 123), occasionally figuring in regional imperial Chinese geopolitics.
By the Qingshui treaty, concluded in 823 between the Tibetan Empire and the Tang dynasty, China lost much of western Gansu province for a significant period.
After the fall of the Uyghur Khaganate, a Buddhist Yugur (Uyghur) state called the Ganzhou Uyghur Kingdom was established by migrating Uyghurs from the Khaganate in part of Gansu that lasted from 848 to 1036 AD.
Along the Silk Road, Gansu was an economically important province, as well as a cultural transmission path.
The province was also the origin of the Dungan Revolt of 1862–77.
The revolt had spread into Gansu from neighbouring Qinghai.
There was another Dungan revolt from 1895 to 1896.
As a result of frequent earthquakes, droughts and famines, the economic progress of Gansu was significantly slower than that of other provinces of China until recently.
Based on the area's abundant mineral resources it has begun developing into a vital industrial center.
Liangzhou District in Wuwei was previously his headquarters in Gansu, where he controlled 15 million Muslims.
Gansu's Tienshui was the site of a Japanese-Chinese warplane fight.
Gansu was vulnerable to Soviet penetration via Xinjiang.
Gansu was a passageway for Soviet supplies during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Lanzhou was a destination point via a road coming from Dihua (Ürümqi).
Lanzhou and Lhasa were designated to be recipients of a new railway.
The Kuomintang Islamic insurgency in China (1950–1958) was a prolongation of the Chinese Civil War in several provinces including Gansu.
Gansu has an area of 454,000 square kilometres (175,000 sq mi), and the vast majority of its land is more than 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level.
It lies between the Tibetan Plateau and the Loess Plateau, bordering Mongolia (Govi-Altai Province) to the northwest, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia to the north, Shaanxi to the east, Sichuan to the south, and Xinjiang to the west.
The Yellow River passes through the southern part of the province.
The province contains the geographical centre of China, marked by the Center of the Country Monument at .
The Yellow River gets most of its water from Gansu, flowing straight through Lanzhou.
The area around Wuwei is part of Shiyang River Basin.
The landscape in Gansu is very mountainous in the south and flat in the north.
It is bound from north by the Gobi Desert and Qilian Mountains from the south.
Gansu generally has a semi-arid to arid continental climate (Köppen BSk or BWk) with warm to hot summers and cold to very cold winters, although diurnal temperature ranges are often so large that maxima remain above 0 °C (32 °F) even in winter.
However, due to extreme altitude, some areas of Gansu exhibit a subarctic climate (Dwc) – with winter temperatures sometimes dropping to −40 °C (−40 °F).
Most of the limited precipitation is delivered in the summer months: winters are so dry that snow cover is confined to very high altitudes and the snow line can be as high as 5,500 metres (18,040 ft) in the southwest.
|Population by urban areas of prefecture & county cities|
|#||City||Urban area||District area||City proper||Census date|
|7||Linxia||220,895||274,466||part of Linxia Prefecture||2010-11-01|
|17||Hezuo||57,384||90,290||see Gannan Prefecture||2010-11-01|
Further information: List of provincial leaders of the People's Republic of China
Secretaries of the CPC Gansu Committee: The Secretary of the CPC Gansu Committee is the highest-ranking office within Gansu Province.
- Zhang Desheng (张德生): 1949–1954
- Zhang Zhongliang (张仲良): 1954–1961
- Wang Feng (汪锋): 1961–1966
- Hu Jizong (胡继宗): 1966–1967
- Xian Henghan (冼恒汉): 1970–1977
- Song Ping (宋平): 1977–1981
- Feng Jixin (冯纪新): 1981–1983
- Li Ziqi (李子奇): 1983–1990
- Gu Jinchi (顾金池): 1990–1993
- Yan Haiwang (阎海旺): 1993–1998
- Sun Ying (孙英): 1998–2001
- Song Zhaosu (宋照肃): 2001–2003
- Su Rong (苏荣): 2003–2007
- Lu Hao (陆浩): April 2007 − December 2011
- Wang Sanyun (王三运): December 2011 − March 2017
- Lin Duo (林铎): March 2017 − incumbent
Governors of Gansu: The Governorship of Gansu is the second highest-ranking official within Gansu, behind the Secretary of the CPC Gansu Committee.
- Wang Shitai (王世泰): 1949–1950
- Deng Baoshan (邓宝姗): 1950–1967
- Xian Henghan (冼恒汉): 1967–1977
- Song Ping (宋平): 1977–1979
- Feng Jixin (冯纪新): 1979–1981
- Li Dengying (李登瀛): 1981–1983
- Chen Guangyi (陈光毅): 1983–1986
- Jia Zhijie (贾志杰): 1986–1993
- Yan Haiwang (阎海旺): 1993
- Zhang Wule (张吾乐): 1993–1996
- Sun Ying (孙英): 1996–1998
- Song Zhaosu (宋照肃): 1998–2001
- Lu Hao (陆浩): 2001–2006
- Xu Shousheng (徐守盛): January 2007 – July 2010
- Liu Weiping (刘伟平): July 2010 – April 2016
- Lin Duo (林铎): April 2016 – April 2017
- Tang Renjian (唐仁健): April 2017−incumbent
Agricultural production includes cotton, linseed oil, maize, melons (such as the honeydew melon, known locally as the Bailan melon or "Wallace" due to its introduction by US vice president Henry A. Wallace), millet, and wheat.
Gansu is known as a source for wild medicinal herbs which are used in Chinese medicine.
However, pollution by heavy metals, such as cadmium in irrigation water, has resulted in the poisoning of many acres of agricultural land.
The extent and nature of the heavy metal pollution is considered a state secret.
The province has significant deposits of antimony, chromium, coal, cobalt, copper, fluorite, gypsum, iridium, iron, lead, limestone, mercury, mirabilite, nickel, crude oil, platinum, troilite, tungsten, and zinc among others.
The oil fields at Yumen and Changqing are considered significant.
Gansu has China's largest nickel deposits accounting for over 90% of China's total nickel reserves.
According to some sources, the province is also a center of China's nuclear industry.
Despite recent growth in Gansu and the booming economy in the rest of China, Gansu is still considered to be one of the poorest provinces in China.
Its nominal GDP for 2017 was about 767.7 billion yuan (US$113.70 billion) and per capita of 29,326 RMB (US$4,343).
Tourism has been a bright spot in contributing to Gansu's overall economy.
As mentioned below, Gansu offers a wide variety of choices for national and international tourists.
As stipulated in the country's 12th Five Year Plan, the local government of Gansu hopes to grow the province's GDP by 10% annually by focusing investments on five pillar industries: renewable energy, coal, chemicals, nonferrous metals, pharmaceuticals and services.
Economic and technological development zones
The following economic and technological zones are situated in Gansu:
- Lanzhou National Economic and Technological Development Zone was established in 1993, located in the center of Lanzhou Anning District. The zone has a planned area of 9.53 km (3.68 sq mi). 17 colleges, 11 scientific research institutions, 21 large and medium-size companies and other 1735 enterprises have been set up in the zone. Main industries include textile mills, rubber, fertilizer plants, oil refinery, petrochemical, machinery, and metallurgical industry.
- Lanzhou New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, Lanzhou Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, one of the first 27 national hi-tech industrial development zones, was established in 1998 covering more than 10 km (3.9 sq mi). It is expected to expand another 19 km (7.3 sq mi). The zone mainly focuses on Biotechnology, chemical industry, building decoration materials and information technology.
Gansu province is home to 30,711,287 people.
73% of the population is rural.
The southwestern corner of Gansu is home to a large ethnic Tibetan population.
Most of the inhabitants of Gansu speak dialects of Northern Mandarin Chinese.
Most of the minorities also speak Chinese.
See also: Music of Gansu
According to a 2012 survey only around 12% of the population of Gansu belongs to organised religions, the largest groups being Buddhists with 8.2%, followed by Muslims with 3.4%, Protestants with 0.4% and Catholic with 0.1% (in total, as of 2012 Christians comprise 0.5% of the population, decreasing from 1.02% in 2004) Around 88% of the population may be either irreligious or involved in worship of nature deities, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and folk religious sects.
Muslim restaurants are common, and feature typical Chinese dishes, but without any pork products, and instead an emphasis on lamb and mutton.
Dunhuang was a major centre of Buddhism in the Middle Ages.
Jiayuguan Pass of the Great Wall
Main article: Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass, in Jiayuguan city, is the largest and most intact pass, or entrance, of the Great Wall.
Jiayuguan Pass was built in the early Ming dynasty, somewhere around the year 1372.
It was built near an oasis that was then on the extreme western edge of China.
Jiayuguan Pass was the first pass on the west end of the great wall so it earned the name "The First And Greatest Pass Under Heaven".
An extra brick is said to rest on a ledge over one of the gates.
One legend holds that the official in charge asked the designer to calculate how many bricks would be used.
The designer gave him the number and when the project was finished, only one brick was left.
It was put on the top of the pass as a symbol of commemoration.
Another account holds that the building project was assigned to a military manager and an architect.
The architect presented the manager with a requisition for the total number of bricks that he would need.
When the manager found out that the architect had not asked for any extra bricks, he demanded that the architect make some provision for unforeseen circumstances.
The architect, taking this as an insult to his planning ability, added a single extra brick to the request.
When the gate was finished, the single extra brick was, in fact, extra and was left on the ledge over the gate.
Main article: Mogao Caves
Originally there were a thousand grottoes, but now only 492 cave temples remain.
In 336 AD, a monk named Le Zun (Lo-tsun) came near Echoing Sand Mountain, when he had a vision.
He started to carve the first grotto.
During the Five Dynasties period they ran out of room on the cliff and could not build any more grottoes.
Silk Road and Dunhuang City
On the way merchants would go to Dunhuang in Gansu.
In Dunhuang they would get fresh camels, food and guards for the journey around the dangerous Taklamakan Desert.
Before departing Dunhuang they would pray to the Mogao Grottoes for a safe journey, if they came back alive they would thank the gods at the grottoes.
Across the desert they would form a train of camels to protect themselves from thieving bandits.
The next stop, Kashi (Kashgar), was a welcome sight to the merchants.
After Kashi they would keep going until they reached their next destination.
Located about 5 km (3.1 mi) southwest of the city, the Crescent Lake or Yueyaquan is an oasis and popular spot for tourists seeking respite from the heat of the desert.
Activities includes camel and 4x4 rides.
Silk Route Museum
Main article: Silk Route Museum
It is also built over the tomb of the Western Liang King.
Main article: Bingling Temple
Begun in 420 AD during the Jin dynasty, the site contains dozens of caves and caverns filled with outstanding examples of carvings, sculpture, and frescoes.
The great Maitreya Buddha is more than 27 meters tall and is similar in style to the great Buddhas that once lined the cliffs of Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
Access to the site is by boat from Yongjing in the summer or fall.
There is no other access point.
Main article: Labrang Monastery
Built in 1710, it is headed by the Jamyang-zhaypa.
It has 6 dratsang (colleges), and houses over sixty thousand religious texts and other works of literature as well as other cultural artifacts.
Main article: Maijishan Grottoes
Construction began in the Later Qin era (384–417 CE).
Colleges and universities
- Lanzhou University, Lanzhou (兰州大学)
- Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou (西北师范大学)
- Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou (兰州理工大学)
- Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou (兰州交通大学)
- Northwest University of Nationalities, Lanzhou (西北民族大学)
- Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou (甘肃农业大学)
- Lanzhou City University, Lanzhou (兰州城市学院)
- Gansu Political Science and Law Institute, Lanzhou (甘肃政法学院)
- Gansu University of Technology
- Lanzhou Commercial College
- Lanzhou Polytechnic College
- Northwest Minority University
- Tianshui Normal College (Tianshui)
- Longdong College (Qingyang)
- 166,400 square kilometres (64,200 sq mi) grassland
- 46,700 square kilometres (18,000 sq mi) mountain slopes suitable for livestock breeding
- 46,200 square kilometres (17,800 sq mi) forests (standing timber reserves of 0.2 cubic kilometres (0.048 cu mi))
- 35,300 square kilometres (13,600 sq mi) cultivated land (1,400 square metres (15,000 sq ft) per capita)
- 66,600 square kilometres (25,700 sq mi) wasteland suitable for forestation
- 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 sq mi) wasteland suitable for farming
Three thousand deposits of 145 different minerals.
Ninety-four minerals have been found and ascertained, including nickel, cobalt, platinum, selenium, casting clay, finishing serpentine, whose reserves are the largest in China.
Among Gansu's most important sources of energy are its water resources: the Yellow River and other inland river drainage basins.
Gansu is placed ninth among China's provinces in annual hydropower potential and water discharge.
Gansu produces 17.24 gigawatts of hydropower a year.
Twenty-nine hydropower stations have been constructed in Gansu, altogether(?)
capable of generating 30 gigawatts.
Gansu has an estimated coal reserve of 8.92 billion tons and petroleum reserve of 700 million tons.
There is also good potential for wind and solar power development.
The Gansu Wind Farm project – already producing 7.965GW in 2015 – is expected to achieve 20GW by 2020, at which time it will likely become the world's biggest collective windfarm.
Flora and fauna
Gansu has 659 species of wild animals.
It has twenty-four rare animals which are under a state protection.
See also: 1920 Haiyuan earthquake
On 16 December 1920, Gansu witnessed the deadliest landslide ever recorded.
A series of landslides, triggered by a single earthquake, accounted for most of the 180,000 people killed in the event.
It is estimated to cost up to US$150 million.
Space launch center
- List of Major National Historical and Cultural Sites in Gansu
- List of prisons in Gansu
- Silk Road transmission of Buddhism
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