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Longnan Facts

Chinese Name: 陇南市 (lǒng nán shì)
Population: 2,881,600
Area: 27,900 square kilometers (10,772 square miles)
Location: in the southeast of Gansu Province, northwestern China
Administrative Division: 1 district (Wudu); 8 counties (Chengxian, Tanchang, Kangxian, Wenxian, Xihe, Lixian, Liangdang, Huixian)
Area Code: 0939
Zip Code: 746000
GDP (2018): CNY 37.92 billion (USD 61.46 billion)
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Tibetan, Mongolian

China’s Largest Olive Tree Planting Base

Longnan City is situated in the southeast of Gansu Province, neighboring Shaanxi Province to the east and Sichuan Province to the south. Within Gansu, the city borders Tianshui to the north and Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture to the west. Longnan is one of the main producing areas of Chinese herbal medicine and the largest olive tree planting base in China. The complex terrains featuring lofty mountains, river valleys, hills and basins and pleasing climate give Longnan special landscapes combining the grand and magnificent pictures in the northern areas with green and beautiful views in southern China.

Longnan Attractions - Things to Do

Yinping Heaven Lake (Tian Chi): one of the three great pools in China named for their other worldly beauty, this lake is like an emerald inlaid among mountains.

Wanxiang cave: the largest limestone cave in Northwest China.

Baishuijiang National Nature Reserve: the only land in Gansu with a northern subtropical eco system and a beautiful natural landscape.

Other Scenic Spots: Three Beaches (Santan) Scenic Area.

How to get to Longnan

1. There are few regular transport links. Because of the sometimes difficult road conditions, off-road vehicles or buses with high chassis are the best means of transportation. Wenxian County of Longnan is only 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Jiuzhaigou.

2. Longnan is an important passage between Gansu and Sichuan, and the city's railway station is also a vital passenger and freight transportation hub. The railway station is in Jialing Town of Huixian County on the right bank of the Jialing River. Longnan Wudu Bus Station is located in Panxuan Lu.


Longnan enjoys a monsoon climate. Affected by its geographic features, the climate in different regions varies greatly. From the southeast to the northwest, there is a subtropical humid climate, warm temperate humid climate, temperate semi-humid climate and alpine and humid climate. The span of annual average temperatures extends 10C (50F), from 5C to 15C (41F to 59F).

 When to Go: Summer and autumn are the best seasons to visit there.

Longnan Travel Tips

 History: The history can be traced back to distant ages. By the time of the Zhou Dynasty (11th Century BC-221BC), Longnan had become the cradle of the Qin State which developed into the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), the unifier of the whole country after the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC). Wudu Special District was established in 1949, changed to Longnan Region in 1985 and promoted to being a regional city in 2004.

 Physical Features: It lies in the transition area of China's steppes with the Southern Gansu Plateau in the west, Sichuan Basin in the south, Qinling Mountains and Hanzhong Basin in the east, as well as the Loess Plateau in the north. The terrain of Longnan is higher in the northwest and lower in the southeast. High mountains and deep valleys interweave with hills and basins, forming the unique and complex landform of this region.

 Special Local Products: olives, tea, gingko tea, wild pepper, Langya honey, toadstools, monkey head mushrooms, gingko, herbs

 Local Highlights:
Every year, Longnan holds many tourist and cultural festivals, such as a peach blossom festival in April, tea picking festival around the Qingming Festival, as well as tourist festivals in Qianba Grassland and Wanxiang Cave.

There is an old branch of Tibetans, the Baima Tibetans, living in Tielou Tibetan Township three kilometers (1.9 miles) west of Wenxian County. The Baima Tibetans are renowned for their singing and dancing. They lead simple lives, inhabiting traditional houses, wearing beautiful costumes and following their own folkways. They shepherd, keep bees, grow hemp and weave cloth for a living. In July, there is a tourist festival held there to show the unique way of life of Baima Tibetans.

- Last updated on May. 24, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Longnan Travel
Asked by Jorden from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 01, 2019 00:10Reply
Transportation from Longnan to Tianchi Lake (Gansu)
What's the best way to go from Longnan to Tianchi Lake (the one in Gansu near Longnan, so not the more famous Tianchi near Urumqi)? Is there any public transport going there? Would a taxi driver be willing/able to go all the way there and how much would it cost approximately?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tori from CANADA | Oct. 09, 2019 01:54

According to the limited information, some people said you can take bus from East Wudu Coach station to Tianchi lake. I'm not sure whether there is a taxi driver willing to take you.
Asked by Delia from SPAIN | Apr. 27, 2019 03:11Reply
Baishuijian National Nature park, are there any trails to walk? and getting there.
I want to go to Baishuijian Nature park in August but I can't find specific information. I would like to walk in trails as an independent travel. Is that possible? where can I find more information in English? Also, how to get there from Longnan city?
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Answered by Lily | Apr. 28, 2019 00:21

Hi, which Baishuijian National Nature park do you mean? Where is it? in which city?
Answered by Delia from SPAIN | Apr. 29, 2019 03:28

Hi, I mean the one near Longnan, it is the one that protects Pandas as well.
Answered by Lily | Apr. 29, 2019 18:09

Is it Baishuijiang? There is no trekking information about that so maybe it is not possible to walk trails.
Answered by Delia from SPAIN | Apr. 30, 2019 04:39

Hi, and thanks for your answer. I read that you can go there, like in this web and on your web page.

Could you tell me more about Baishuijiang-National-Nature-Reserve? Is it possible to visit?
Thanks again
Answered by Lily | May. 06, 2019 18:08

As I know, the large natural reserve covers 9 towns and it is not allowed to go deep inside for tourists. The information is limited on internet and maybe you can stroll around outskirts of the reserve.
Asked by Pairut from THAILAND | Apr. 08, 2016 11:17Reply
I want to go Jiuzhaigou from Longnan by bus please tell me schedule time and price tickets.
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Answered by Samir from DENMARK | Apr. 09, 2016 01:11

As I know, there is only one direct long-distance bus between these two places.
You can take it from Wudu Bus Station and arrive at Jiuzhaigoukou Bus Station. The departure time is 14:30. And the ticket fare is CNY 70 per person.
Asked by Tay Phaik Im from MALAYSIAT | Nov. 02, 2013 04:24Reply
I would like to go to Longnan of Gansu Province in late February, 2014.
Please let me know the weather there and what are the tourist attractions. How far is the city from Chengdu and are there any road works going on along that route.
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Answered by Harry | Nov. 03, 2013 01:16

The average temperature is around 2 to 10C at that time.
From Chengdu Wukuaishi Bus Station, there is direct bus for Wudu District, LN. The Wudu District is the location of LN city's government.
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