Qingyang is habitually called 'Long Dong' because of its locality in eastern Gansu Province .Qingyang City is in the lower middle part of the Yellow River on the Loess Plateau and is within the eastern Gansu basin. Elevation ranges from 885 to 2082 meters above sea-level. It borders Shaanxi Province in the east and north in the neighborhood of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the west. Within the province, it is bounded on the south by Pingliang City.
Chinese Name: 庆阳市 (qìng yáng shì)
Area: 27,119 square kilometers (10,471 square miles)
Administrative Division: 1 district (Xifeng); 7 counties (Qingcheng, Huanxian, Huachi, Heshui, Zhengning, Ningxian, Zhenyuan)
Seat of the City Government: No.186, Changqing Beilu, Xifeng District,Qingyang City
History of Qingyang
Qingyang has an extremely long history. The first paleolith was discovered in Huachi County of the city. The Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC to 771 BC) developed and grew in Qingyang and then moved southward. It was during the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) that shires and prefectures began to be set up in this region.
Top Atrractions in Qingyang
There are ravines crisscrossing and undulating hills all over Qingyang City. It belongs to the Loess Plateau area and mainly consists of three regions: low mountainous and hilly areas in the east, high mountainous and hilly areas in the north and gully areas in the south-central. The terrain is high in the north, west and east as well as being low in the south and center, forming a basin in eastern Gansu. Top attractions include: North Grotto Temple, Zhouzuling National Forest Park, Xinlong Mountain, Twin Pagoda Temple.
North Grotto temple: As one of the four largest grottoes in Gansu Province, the North GrottoTemple is located in Dongzhi Town of Qingyang City. With 295 caves and 2125 grottoes,the grotto temple was first built in the North & South Dynasty (220.-589).
When to visit Qingyang?
Enjoying a continental monsoon climate, Qingyang features little rain with more evaporation along with low humidity. The rainfall is mainly concentrated around July to September. Its annual average temperature maintains between 7C and 10C. Summer and autumn are the most favorable seasons to travel in Qingyang.
How to get to Qingyang?
Qingyang Airport lies 8 kilometers northwest of Xifeng District, operating flights to and from Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport, Xian Xianyang International Airport and Tianjin Binhai Airport.
The bus is the most important means of transportation in Qingyang. The east and west bus stations are located in Changqing Lu and Jiulong Lu.
Qingyang Travel Tips
Special Local Products: buckwheat, sun-cured tobacco, white melon seed, walnut, acid jujube, Chinese pear-leafed crabapple, apricot, embroidery sachet, shadow puppetry.
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0934-8212126
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China Branch: No.66, Xi Da Jie, Xifeng District
China Post Branch: No.66, Xi Da Jie, Xifeng District
Qingyang is famous for its rich folk culture. Traditional Chinese art forms such as shadow puppet theater, paper cuts, folk music, and songs are still part of Qingyang's culture.