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.
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
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
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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