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Wuwei, Gansu province China
Wuwei is located in the middle part of Gansu province, at the northern foot of Qilian Mountain, bordering Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province, to the south. It covers an area of 33,249 sq km. Population of the city amounted to 1.82 million by the end of 2011.

Wuwei has a typical continental climate with plenty of sunshine. Average temperature of the city is 7.8¡ã C. Average annual precipitation is less than 610 mm, while average evaporation totals to 1,400-3,010 mm.

Mineral resources of Wuwei are abundant. Ilmenite and graphite are domestic super large scale mines. However, Wuwei is lack of water resources.

Transportation in Wuwei is very convenient. State Highway 312, the Huoerguosi-Lianyungang Expressway, the Lanzhou-Urumqi Railway, and the Gantang-Wuwei Railway run through the city.

Economic Features

Transportation, warehousing, post and telecommunications realized value-added industrial output of RMB 1.99 billion, 12% to the service sector's total.

In 2011, the export value amounted to US$13.64 million, representing a rise of 6.6% year on year. During the same year, 2.56 million tourists visited the city, up 42.7% year on year, while tourism income totaled RMB 1.18 billion, representing a rise of 43.11% compared to the previous year.

Cultural Highlights

Wuwei was called Liangzhou in ancient times and is the eastern terminus of the Hexi Corridor. People began settling there 5000 years ago.

During the Three Kingdoms period, Liangzhou was controlled by Ma Teng. After the death of Ma Teng, Ma Chao resumed the position and governed the city for a short time before it fell into the hands of Cao Cao, ruler of Wei Kingdom.

Tourist Attraction

The city, a key link for the Northern Silk Road, has many important archaeological findings including ancient copper carts with stone animals.

Famous cultural relics include the Galloping Bronze Horse, Western Xia stele, White Tower Temple, Tianti Mountain Grotto, Luoshi Temple Tower, and the Wen Shrine.

The city is well known for its special products such as honeydew melon, wine, vinegar and flour. The honeydew melon, a cultivar group of the muskmelon, is rich in vitamin C and most flavorful if eaten at room temperature.

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