Baiyin Travel Guide

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Baiyin Facts

Chinese Name: 白银市 (bái yín shì)
Population: 1,746,900
Area: 21,200 square kilometers (8,185 square miles)
Nationalities: Han

Location: Baiyin City is situated in central Gansu Province, the upper reaches of the Yellow River. It is bordered by Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the east and Inner Mongolia in the north. The capital city of the province, Lanzhou is adjacent to its west.

Administrative Division: 2 districts (Baiyin, Pingchuan); 3 counties (Jingyuan, Huining, Jingtai)
Seat of the City Government: No.100, Renmin Road, Baiyin District

Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0943-8238333
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184

Bank of China Branch: No.186, Hongxing Road, Baiyin District
China Post Branch: No.76, Tiyu Street, Baiyin District

Baiyin Attractions - Things to Do

 Yellow River Stone Forest
Nowadays, a geographical park has been established in southern Jingtai County to preserve the Yellow River Stone Forest four billion years ago. Yellow River Stone Forest Scenic Spot is located in Longwan Village in Jingtai District of Baiyin City. It was formed by the rising of the Earth's crust. Just as beautiful as the famous Stone Forest of Yunnan, Yellow River Stone Forest Scenic Spot is composed of many sand stalagmites and stone pillars in various sizes and shapes.  Some are about 80-200 meters (262-656 feet) tall. Unique pattern on the cliff sides formed by water and wind erosion made the stone forest more attracting. The fabulous scenes reflect the prodigious craftsmanship of nature's creation. People have imaginatively given many peaks vivid names, such as "Lovers under the Moon", "The Goddess Looks at the Moon", "Qu Yuan Asks Heaven" and "A Gleam of Sky".

The Chinese Mother River – the Yellow River flows east-west through this 34 square kilometers (13 square miles) scenic area, adding dynamic beauty to the landscape. Together with the surrounding deserts, oases and farms, Yellow River Stone Forest Scenic Spot has become a location for many famous Chinese movies and television plays. Attracted by its imposing, wild, and secluded views, more and more visitors come here for sightseeing, and exploration, seeking novelty and recreation.

Admission Fee:
CNY 40

 Dunhuang Movie Set
Located on the half way from the Yellow River Stone Forest to the ancient city of Yongtai (Turtle city), the movie set boast pagoda forest, Paifang (arch), Mingqing Street and numerous ancient buildings. This is the first movie set in China carrying on the culture of Dunhuang, having the 1:1 replication of the Mogao Caves.

 Other Scenic Spots: Shoulushan Nature Reserve, Faquan Temple 

How to get to Baiyin from Lanzhou

This city is 78 kilometers (48 miles) from Lanzhou and only 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport. Through the airport expressway, the Lanzhou airport can be reached from this city in one hour. City Bus Station stands in No.2, Renmin Road, offering buses to Lanzhou every twenty minutes. In addition, the tourist bus station is in No. 12, Shuichuan Road.



Baiyin bears a temperate monsoon climate having both semi-dry and dry zones distributed. It enjoys an average temperature of 6C-9C (42.8F-48.2F). July to September gathers over sixty percent of the city's rainfall throughout the year.

 When to Go: summer and autumn

Baiyin Travel Tips

 History: Baiyin means silver. As the name suggested, the city is a treasure land, whose mining industry began as early as the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD). During the end of Tang Dynasty (618-907) to the start of the Song Dynasty (960-1127), it was once occupied by the Tubo Kingdom of Tibet. By the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), mine industry of this area reached its zenith, and hence its name.

 Physical Features: Located in the transition area from the Tengger Desert and the offshoots of Qilian Mountains to the Loess Plateau, the terrain basically slopes downward from southeast to northwest. The Yellow River zigzags through the city taking on a shape of 'S'.

 Special Local Products: lamb, lamb's coat fur, black melon seeds

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