Jiuquan Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 酒泉市 (iǔ quán shì)
Area: 192,000 square kilometers (74,132 square miles)
Location: in the northwest of Gansu Province, northwestern China
Administrative Division: 1 district (Suzhou); 2 counties (Jinta, Guazhou); 2 autonomous counties (Subei Mongol Autonomous County, Akesai Kazak Autonomous County); 2 county-level cities (Yumen, Dunhuang)
Area Code: 0937
Zip Code: 735000
GDP (2018): CNY 59.69 billion (USD 9.02 billion)
Famous for China’s Largest Satellite Launch Center
Situated in the northwest of Gansu Province, Jiuquan neighbors Zhangye in the east within the province. It is also bordered with Qinghai Province to the south, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to the west and Inner Mongolia and Mongolia to the north. Jiuquan is the hometown of Dunhuang art, the cradle of modern spaceflight, and the birthplace of China's oil and nuclear industry. About 200 km (124 mi) away from Jiuquan City, Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre is the earliest and largest comprehensive rocket and satellite launch center in China and the only manned space launch site. Since its establishment in 1958, the center has carried out 110 space launch missions and successfully sent 145 satellites, 11 spacecraft and 11 astronauts into space. Also, Jiuquan presents magnificent and unique natural scenery which is composed of the glaciers, oases and magical mirages that appeared in the desolate Gobi and deserts.
Jiuquan Attractions - Things to Do
Mural in Eastern Jin Tomb: There is a royal tomb of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420) located to the northwest of the city. The entire tomb, 12 meters beneath the earth, was constructed with bricks and divided into two rooms. The former room was paved with colorful murals on the roof and walls, as well as the latter room only has mural in the posterior wall. These murals depict the Chinese ancient legend, labor and life of the people vividly.
The Bell and Drum Tower: Constructed in the Eastern Jin Dynasty, this tower is located in the Shizi Street. The 24-meter's high tower consists of two parts—a brick square base and a three-storied wooden body. On the each side of the base, there is an arch with its own inscription in turn—'East to Mt. Huashan', 'West to Hami', 'South to Qilian Mountain' and 'North to Desert'.
How to get to Jiuquan
Jiuquan Bus Station is located in No. 47, Xiguan Road, Suzhou District. There are several buses daily to Dunhuang, Zhangye and Wuwei. It is about four hours' drive to Zhangye and another three hours' drive to Wuwei.
Enjoying a continental desert climate in temperate zone, Jiuquan is dry and seldom rainy throughout the year. The winter is chilly and summer is hot, the spring is arid. Wind blowing with sands often happens in spring and autumn. Temperature difference varies greatly during a day. It has slim rainfall during the whole year, mainly falling during July to October.
When to Go: May to October is the best season to visit.
Jiuquan Travel Tips
Physical Features: Basically, the terrain is higher in the south, lower in the north and slopes downward from southwest to northeast. Offshoots of the Qilian Mountains occupy the south part of the city. The central land distributes basins, and the Gobi area is mainly distributed in its north.
Special Local Products: luminous jade cup, pile blanket, water pipe tobacco, black melon seeds
i want to visit there can i ask if there is flight from Beijing?