Pingliang City is located in the eastern part of Gansu Province, at the eastern foot of Mountain Liupanshan, and by the upper stream of Jinghe River. Pingliang is at the geometrical center of Shaanxi Province, Gansu Province and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Pingliang City is called “the land dock of Gansu", as well as “the first city out of Chang’an to the west", an important town on the ancient Silk Road. The total area is 11,325 square kilometers, and the total population is 2.08 million. Under its jurisdiction, there are Kongtong District and six counties – Jingchuan, Lingtai, Chongxin, Huating, Zhuanglang and Jingning.
Facts of Pingliang
Chinese Name: 平凉市 (píng liáng shì)
Area: 11,325 square kilometers (4,373 square miles)
Administrative Division: 1district (Kongtong); 6 counties (Jingchuan, Lingtai, Chongxin, Huating, Zhuanglang, Jingning)
Seat of the City Government: No.141, West Street, Kongtong DistrictNationalities: Han
History of Pingliang
From ancient times, Pingliang City was a strategic junction controlling Sanqin (ancient name for Shaanxi) and Wuyuanjun County (in current Inner Mongolia). It was a gathering and distribution center of local products in East Gansu, and a strategic point and communication hub on the way from Central China (comprised of the middle and lower reaches of the Huanghe River) to the Near East Asia and the east end of the north line of the ancient Silk Road. It is a highway hub of the Northwest and an important transit station of the second line of the Eurasia Land Bridge.
Enjoying a long history and profound culture, Pingliang is the birthplace of the civilization along the upper and middle reaches of the Yellow River, and one of the important cradles of the Chinese nation. As early as 200 thousand to 300 thousand years ago, the ancestors of human beings lived on this land. More than 3000 years ago, ancestors of the Zhou Dynasty created advanced farming culture in the Jinghe River Basin, and opened the dawn of agricultural civilization. In 358 A.D., Fu Jian, the King of The Former Qin (351-394), polished weapons and fed horses here, intending to pacify State Qianliang, and then began to establish the county with the name of Pingliang.
Physical Features of Pingliang
Standing in the east of Gansu Province, Pingliang neighbors Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the north and Shaanxi Province in the south and east, being an important pass linking the inner Gansu with the east region of China. Pingliang is located in the hill and ravine region on Loess Plateau having rivers, valleys, mountains, plains and tablelands. Decumbence of the Liupan Mountain parts the city into the east dry and mountainous region and the east ravine area within the drainage area of the Jinghe River.
Top Pingliang Attractions
In Pingliang City,there are 2,257 cultural relics of different periods including Yangshao, Qijia, Shangzhou and so on, 5 Major Historical and Cultural Sites Protected at the National Level, 69 provincial-level Major Historical and Cultural Sites, and more than 30 thousand cultural antique items, among which 199 pieces are grade-one cultural relics of the state.
|Kongtong Mountain||Pingliang Willow Lake Park||Yunyasi National Forest Park|
|Dragon Spring Temple||Tianjiagou Scenic Area||Mijiagou Scenic Area|
When to Visit Pingliang?
Pingliang bears a temperate semi-dry continental monsoon climate with an annual average temperature of 8.5C (47.3F). Its eastern area is warmer and wetter than the western. On the whole, the rainfall mainly concentrates during July to September. It is the best season to visit Pingliang in spring and autumn
How to get to Pingliang?
Pingliang is about 350 kilometers from Lanzhou, and there are several buses in the bus stations daily shuttling between the two cities. The city has two principal bus stations. The west station is located in Gonglu Street, offering special line buses to the Kongtong Mountain. The east station is in No.68, Jiefang Road (North).
Pingliang Travel Tips
1.Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0933-4161376
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China Branch: No17, West Street, Kongtong District
China Post Branch: No.43, Kongtong Road (East), Kongtong District
2. Special Local Products: apple, walnut