Pingliang Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 平凉市 (píng liáng shì)
Area: 11,325 square kilometers (4,373 square miles)
Location: Standing in the east of Gansu Province, Pingliang neighbors Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the north and Shaanxi Province in the south and east, being an important pass linking the inner Gansu with the east region of China.
Administrative Division: 1district (Kongtong); 6 counties (Jingchuan, Lingtai, Chongxin, Huating, Zhuanglang, Jingning)
Seat of the City Government: No.141, West Street, Kongtong District
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0933-4161376
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China Branch: No17, West Street, Kongtong District
China Post Branch: No.43, Kongtong Road (East), Kongtong District
Pingliang Attractions - Things to Do
Kongtong Mountain is a branch of the Liupan Mountains, 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) west of Pingliang city proper. It was a mountain resort that combining the beauty of natural and historic landscapes. It was not only the ancestral mountain of Taoism, but also a religious site with coexistence of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism for over 1,500 years. It is endowed with typical Danxia Landform with strange rocks and caves scattered all over the mountain. Historic tracks and masterpieces by nature left in the mountain make it a famous national scenic area.
Other Scenic Spots: Willow Lake Park, Queen Mother Palace Grottoes, Longquan Temple, Wulongshan Scenic Area, Yunya Temple Forest Park
How to get to Pingliang from Lanzhou
Pingliang is about 350 kilometers (217 miles) from Lanzhou, and there are several buses in the bus stations daily shuttling between the two cities. The city has two principal bus stations. The west station is located in Gonglu Street, offering special line buses to the Kongtong Mountain. The east station is in No.68, Jiefang Road (North).
When to Go: in spring and autumn
Pingliang Travel Tips
History: It was one of the headstreams of Chinese civilization that was inhabited by human ancestors 200-300 thousand years ago. As early as 3,000 years ago, cultivation culture had been created in this area. In the year of 358, the name of Pingliang was first used for a shire.
Physical Features: Pingliang is located in the hill and ravine region on Loess Plateau having rivers, valleys, mountains, plains and tablelands. Decumbence of the Liupan Mountain parts the city into the east dry and mountainous region and the east ravine area within the drainage area of the Jinghe River.
Special Local Products: apple, walnut