Located on the historical Silk Road, Wuwei is considered to be one of the most famous historical and cultural cities of China with plenty of historical recourses. Wuwei City is situated in the central part of Gansu Province, on the east end of Hexi Corridor. It lies between north latitude 37°23' - 38°12' and east longitude 101°59' - 103°23'. The hypsography is higher at south and lower at north, sloping from southwest to northeast. It leans on Qilian Mountain in the south and borders the Tengger Desert in the north. It is also the juncture of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Loess Plateau and Mongolian-Xinjiang Plateau.
Fatcs of Wuwei
Chinese Name: 武威 (wǔ wēi)
Urban Population: 654,000
Area: 33,000 square kilometers
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Mongolian and Tujia
Zip Code: 733000
Area Code: 0935
Administrative Division: one district (Liangzhou District), three towns (Minqin Town, Gulang Town, Tianzhu Town)
Neighboring Areas: Qinghai province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
History of Wuwei
Wuwei has a very long history since there were people living here 5,000 years ago. Emperor Wu of Han Dynasty (206BC - 220AD) sent General Huo Qubing (140 - 117BC) to attack the Hexi Corridor in 121BC After successfully defeating the Huns and seizing the territory by Qilian Mountain, Emperor Wu named Wuwei as a city's name in order to cite the heroic exploits and great contribution of General Huo. During the period of Three Kingdoms, Wu Kingdom set its government here, later, the Former Liang (317 - 376 AD), the Later Liang (386 - 403 AD), the Southern Liang (397 - 414 AD) and the Northern Liang (401 - 439 AD) and some other dynasties all had their capitals here, therefore, the town of Wuwei got another name 'Liangzhou' .
Top Attractions in Wuwei
There are numerous historical and cultural relics for sightseeing in Wuwei city. The most famous ones include the Confucian Temple, Leitai Tombs of Han Dynasty, Changcheng Town (Great Wall Town), Tianzhu Small Three Gorges, Shimengou Grassland Park and Tiantishan Grotto. When traveling in the city, you should not miss those worth seeing attractions.
|Confucian Temple||Leitai Tombs|
When to visit Wuwei ?
Wuwei has a typical continental climate which is temperate, semiarid, with a frost free period of 85-165 days a year. The annually average temperature is about 7.7C, of which the lowest is in January with the average temperature of -8.7C and the highest is in July with the average temperature of 21.9C. The annual precipitation is 158 millimeters . Summer and autumn are the best seasons for traveling due to the wettish and pleasant weather.
How to get to Wuwei?
1. There is no civil airport in this city. The nearest airport is Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport.
2. It is easy to take train traveling from there to other cites in China. Wuwei Railway Station is located at Chengguan Town. It offers daily trains running to Lanzhou, Korla, Beijing, Jiayuguan, Urumqi, Dunhuang, Xian, Zhengzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shangqiu, Lianyungang, etc.
3. Wuwei Long-distance Bus Station is located at Nanguanxi Lu. It is the hinge of passenger bus transport in this city. There are buses daily traveling to Lanzhou, Zhangye, Tianshui, Jinchang, Jiuquan, Jiayuguan, Yumen, Dunhuang, Yinchuan, Xining, etc.
4. There are 15 public bus lines traveling around in downtown area now. Bus 1, 2, 12 and 102 can take you to City Railway Station. Bus 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 102 can take you to the long-distance bus station.
5. The taxi fare is different for different kind of Taxi. It is CNY3 (Alto)/CNY4 (Fukang)/CNY5 (Santana) for the first three kilometers and then CNY1/1.2/1.5 per additional kilometer.
Wuwei Travel Tips
Local Product: Wuwei Wine, Liquorice, Aromatic Vinegar, Yellow River honeydew melon, Tianti Mountain Ginseng Fruit, Zhutou (Pig's Head) Pear
Local Highlights: Lion Dance, Rolling Lights, Temple Fair.