Jinchang Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 金昌市 (jīn chāng shì)
Area: 9,593 square kilometers (3,704 square miles)
Location: in the northwest of Gansu Province, northwestern China
dministrative Division: 1 district (Jinchuan); 1 county (Yongchang)
Area Code: 0935
Zip Code: 737100
GDP (2018): CNY 26.42 billion (USD 3.99 billion)
China’s Nickel Capital
Jinchang is located in northwestern Gansu Province at the north foot of the Qilian Mountains. It neighbors Wuwei on the southeast within the province and shares boundaries with Qinghai Province to the southwest and Inner Mongolia to the northwest. Jinchang is an important node city of the ancient Silk Road and one of the major cities of Hexi Corridor. It is famous as the nickel capital of China for its rich nickel reserve while it is also a city devoid of water, where the regional average annual evaporation is 18 times of precipitation. Apart from these, different types of scenic spots in Jinchang such as ruins of the ancient city, temples, reservoir scenic spots, and deserts will enrich your travel experience.
Jinchang Attractions - Things to Do
Shengrong Temple: In the Yushan Gorge at the end of the Jinchuanxia Reservoir stands the famous temple in northwestern Gansu, Shengrong Temple. It was first built in 561, and once changed into Tonggan Temple in the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Pagoda of Tang Dynasty, Ruins of the Great Wall of Han and Ming Dynasty, tombs and stone carvings of Xixia Kingdom, as well as many other relics are well preserved in the temple.
Badain Jaran Desert is the third largest desert in China, located 90 kilometers (56 miles) northeast of city proper. August to October is the best time to admire the desert landscape.
Other Scenic Spots: Qilian Hegou Scenic Area, Liqian Ancient City, Yongchang Bell and Drum Tower (Zhonggulou)
How to get to Jinchang
Jinchang Jinchuan Airport is 19 kilometers (12 miles) away from downtown Jinchang. It has the direct flights from / to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an, Lanzhou and Yulin. Airport shuttle bus runs to downtown Jinchang.
Jinchang is 396 kilometers (246 miles) from Lanzhou, and there are direct buses at Lanzhou Bus Station located at No.133, Pingliang Road, Chengguan District. Jinchang Bus Station in Xinhua Road (East) offers buses to and from Lanzhou, Wuwei, Jiayuguan and many other places within the city or neighboring cities.
Jinchang bears a dry continental climate in temperate zone. It is rich in sunshine. Spring is windy and the temperature is unstable. Summer is the rainy season, and the cold air usually attacks the city in mid-September. In the dry and chilly winter, its average temperature will drops between -14.6C and -9.5C (14.9F -5.7F). On the whole, the local temperature varies greatly both during a day and the whole year.
When to Go: summer and autumn
Jinchang Travel Tips
Physical Features: The terrain of the city basically declines from south to north, and its land interleaves mountains and plains. Southern Jinchang is comprised of vast mountainous area. In the central, there are basins, oasis plains and mountain valleys dotted peaks. Desert plain is mainly distributed in northern area.
Special Local Products: trout
It is suggested to take a train from Jinchang to Lanzhou first. Then transfer to the airport shuttle bus to the airport.
The westen food in Jinchang Hotel is nice. If you do not want to go there, you may need to cook on your own.