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Dingxi Travel Guide

gansu Map1.jpgDingxi City, also called “Longzhong", lies in the central part of Gansu province. Strategically located, it is a crucial pass in the ancient Silk Road and the New Eurasian Continental Bridge. It is the east gateway to Lanzhou which is known as “the key hub of Gansu province and portal of Lanzhou". 

Facts of Dingxi City

Chinese Name: 定西市 (dìng xī shì)
Population: 2,960,000
Area: 20,300 square kilometers (10,425 square miles)
Nationalities: Han,Hhui
Administrative Division: 1 district (Anding); 2 counties (Tongwei, Lintao, Zhangxian, Minxian, Weiyuan, Longxi)
Seat of the City Government: No.31, Zhonghua Lu, Anding District

History of Dingxi

Dingxi has a long history and splendid culture, and is one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. Dingxi, located on the upper reaches of the Yellow River, is an important cultural centre exhibiting more than 2,200 years of history. Several cultural relics of the Neolithic Age have been discovered in the city. It was a flourishing place of great importance on the Silk Road. After the establishment of the PRC, Dingxi Special District was set up and changed to Dingxi Region in 1970, then Dingxi City in 2003.

Geography of Dingxi

Dingxi is a typical hilly-gully region in the Loess Plateau, also called “a city created by the Aeolus". Topographically, Dingxi declines from the southwest to the northeast and the peak in the southwest is Chengmen Village, Gaofeng Township with an altitude of 2577.3 meters; the lowest point in the north is Guanchuan Valley with the altitude of 1671.3 meters. The urban area’s altitude is 1898.7 meters. The whole city domain lies in the Guangchuan River Basin which is the branch of Zuli River Basin. Its altitude is between 1930-3941 meters, with an average altitude of 2080 meters. Its topography declines from southwest to northeast, with complicated and varied landforms.

Under its jurisdiction are Anding District and six counties – Tongwei, Longxi, Zhangxian, Weiyuan, Lintao and Minxian. Dingxi covers an area of 20.3 thousand square kilometers, having a population of 2.675 million people.

Top Dingxi Attractions

Dingxi has a long history and splendid culture, and is one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. Plenty of national and provincial forest parks here enjoy a good reputation both at home and abroad, such as Guiqing Mountain, Zheyang Mountain and Lianfeng Mountain. Majiayao Qijia and Siwa cultural relics of the Neolithic Period are very famous. There are quite a few sites having special values for development: the Great Wall Remains of Warring States and the Qin Dynasty stretching about 300 kilometers from Lingtao to Dingxi, “Ancestral Hall of Li (the greatest surname in China)" for Li families at home or abroad to seek their roots and admire their ancestors, and Tongwei Hot Spring. Within the city domain, there are also key cultural relics under national-level protection, such as the Xinmang Measure Device of the Han Dynasty, Geshuhan’s Triumph Tablet inscribed with the calligraphy of Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty, Burial Complex of the Yuan Dynasty and Copper Bell of the Ming Dynasty. And there are worthwhile spots like the uniquely designed Baling Bridge in Weiyuan County and the imposing Weiyuan Tower of Longxi.

Li’s Palace Qin Great WallLangdu Wetland Park
               Li Ancestral Hall                Qin Great Wall                 Langdu Wetland Park 

When to Visit Dingxi?

The northern region of Dingxi enjoys a middle temperate semi-arid climate and the south bears a warm temperate semi-humid climate. Strongly affected by its landform and the monsoons, the temperate is higher in the north than that in the south, while the rainfall is quite the opposite. The annual average temperature maintains around 5.6C-7.6C (42.1F-45.7F).

Best time to Go: Sandstorms are common in spring, and it is chilly in winter. Summer and autumn are the best times to visit.

How to get t Dingxi?

1. It is only 98 kilometers (61 miles) from the capital city, Lanzhou. Longhai (Lanzhou-Lianyungang) Railway and the secondary line of Baoji-Lanzhou Railway pass through Dingxi and No.310, 312, 212, 316 national highways and other expressways radiating from Lanzhou all run across Dingxi. It makes the city definitely the east gate to the capital city of Gansu.

2. Dingxi Railway Station and the bus station are not far away from each other, both located in Jiaotong Lu of Anding District.

Dingxi Travel Tips

  1. Useful Telephone Numbers:
    Tourist Complaints: 0932-8212959
    Weather Forecast: 121
    Zip Code Inquiry: 184
    Bank of China Branch: No.60, Yongding Dong Lu, Anding District
    China Post Branch: No.6, Minzhu Lu, Anding District

  2.  Local Products: potato, herbs (astragalus, codonopsis, angelica), horsebean.
  3. Local Highlights: This city is a town of folk arts. Carvings, paper cuttings, shadow puppetry, local operas and the most popular style of folk songs, Hua'er, are all attractions of the city.

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