Wuwei Travel Guide

Wuwei Travel Guide

Wuwei Map

Wuwei Facts

Chinese Name: 武威 (wǔ wēi)
Population: 1,918,300
Urban Population: 654,000
Area: 33,000 square kilometers
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Mongolian and Tujia
Zip Code: 733000
Area Code: 0935

Location: Wuwei City is situated in the central part of Gansu Province, on the east end of Hexi Corridor. It lies between north latitude 37°23' - 38°12' and east longitude 101°59' - 103°23'

Administrative Division: one district (Liangzhou District), three towns (Minqin Town, Gulang Town, Tianzhu Town)
Neighboring Areas: Qinghai province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Located on the historical Silk Road, Wuwei is considered to be one of the most famous historical and cultural cities of China with plenty of historical recourses. There are numerous historical and cultural relics for sightseeing in the city. The most famous ones include the Confucian Temple, Leitai Tombs of Han Dynasty, Changcheng Town (Great Wall Town), Tianzhu Small Three Gorges, Shimengou Grassland Park and Tiantishan Grotto. When traveling in the city, you should not miss those worth seeing attractions.
Bronze Galloping Horse
Bronze Galloping Horse
Confucius Temple, Wuwei
Confucius Temple

How to get to/around Wuwei

1. There is no civil airport in this city. The nearest airport is Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport.
2. It is easy to take train traveling from there to other cites in China. Wuwei Railway Station is located at Chengguan Town. It offers daily trains running to Lanzhou, Korla, Beijing, Jiayuguan, Urumqi, Dunhuang, Xi'an, Zhengzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shangqiu, Lianyungang, etc.
3. Wuwei Long-distance Bus Station is located at Nanguanxi Lu. It is the hinge of passenger bus transport in this city. There are buses daily traveling to Lanzhou, Zhangye, Tianshui, Jinchang, Jiuquan, Jiayuguan, Yumen, Dunhuang, Yinchuan, Xining, etc.
4. There are 15 public bus lines traveling around in downtown area now. Bus 1, 2, 12 and 102 can take you to City Railway Station. Bus 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 102 can take you to the long-distance bus station.
5. The taxi fare is different for different kind of Taxi. It is CNY3 (Alto)/CNY4 (Fukang)/CNY5 (Santana) for the first three kilometers and then CNY1/1.2/1.5 per additional kilometer.


Wuwei has a typical continental climate which is temperate, semiarid, with a frost free period of 85-165 days a year. The annually average temperature is about  7.7C (45.9F) , of which the lowest is in January with the average temperature of -8.7C (16.3F) and the highest is in July with the average temperature of 21.9C (71.4F). The annual precipitation is 158 millimeters (6.2 inches).

 When to Go: Summer and autumn are the best seasons for traveling due to the wettish and pleasant weather.

Wuwei Travel Tips

 Physical Features: The hypsography is higher at south and lower at north, sloping from southwest to northeast. It leans on Qilian Mountain in the south and borders the Tengger Desert in the north. It is also the juncture of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Loess Plateau and Mongolian-Xinjiang Plateau.

 History: It has a very long history since there were people living here 5,000 years ago. Emperor Wu of Han Dynasty (206BC - 220AD) sent General Huo Qubing (140 - 117BC) to attack the Hexi Corridor in 121BC After successfully defeating the Huns and seizing the territory by Qilian Mountain, Emperor Wu named Wuwei as a city's name in order to cite the heroic exploits and great contribution of General Huo. During the period of Three Kingdoms, Wu Kingdom set its government here, later, the Former Liang (317 - 376 AD), the Later Liang (386 - 403 AD), the Southern Liang (397 - 414 AD) and the Northern Liang (401 - 439 AD) and some other dynasties all had their capitals here, therefore, the town of Wuwei got another name 'Liangzhou' .

 Local Product: Wuwei Wine, Liquorice, Aromatic Vinegar, Yellow River honeydew melon, Tianti Mountain Ginseng Fruit, Zhutou (Pig's Head) Pear

 Local Highlights: Lion Dance, Rolling Lights, Temple Fair
- Last modified on Aug. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Wuwei Travel
Asked by Leong w c from MALAYSIA | Aug. 04, 2019 07:13Reply
How much time is needed to see Wuwei Leitai Park?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kennedy from POLAND | Aug. 05, 2019 00:01

The suggested sightseeing time is 2-3 hours.
Asked by FabGreg from FRANCE | Feb. 25, 2018 05:52Reply
Tiantishan Grotto transportation
Is there any public transportation in the direction to Tiantishan T-road? (then I intend to walk 2 km to the grotto). If yes, how much time does it take from Wuwei Bus Station, and what would be the frequency?

If not, it is possible to take a public transport to Huangyang, then chartering a taxi to Tiantishan Grotto?

Thanks in advance

Answers (3)
Answered by Gloria from FRANCE | Feb. 26, 2018 00:30

Sorry to tell you no bus from WW Bus Station to the grotto or Huangyang.
You are suggested to take the bus to Haxi and inform the driver to drop you off at the grotto. Btw, there is still 2km’s walk after getting off the bus. Have a nice trip!
Answered by FabGreg from FRANCE | Feb. 26, 2018 03:40

Thank you. I understand the logic of the Haxi bus. Walking 2 km will be an easy task.

Where could I find information on Haxi bus departure times from Wuwei?

Answered by Phill from ITALY | Feb. 26, 2018 19:56

I remember there are many buses to Haxi, don’t worry, you can’t miss it!
Or you can hire a private car to the grotto, and the fare is around 100yuan! Have a nice trip!
Asked by Henrik Christensen from HONG KONG | Mar. 18, 2016 03:37Reply
train from Lanzhou to Wuwei
how long is the train ride? any high speed trains?
Answers (1)
Answered by Erid from CANADA | Mar. 18, 2016 03:41

Only normal speed trains operate between these two places. The train schedules are from 04:59 to 21:50. The duration is about 4 hours. The ticket fare of soft sleeper is about CNY146.5, hard sleeper is about CNY100 and hard seat is about CNY47.
Asked by stu freeman from USA | Sep. 25, 2015 09:52Reply
Desert Zoo in Wuwei specializes in fauna native to the desert region ?
I was informed that there is a zoo in or near the city that specializes in fauna native to the desert region (saiga antelope, etc.). Is anyone familiar with this place? If so, what is it called and precisely where is it located?
Answers (2)
Answered by Fenny from USA | Sep. 28, 2015 20:20

It is called at Wuwei Shenzhou Desert safari par, located at No. 80 Xihuan Road, West Street, Liangzhou.
Answered by s freeman from USA | Sep. 29, 2015 10:13

Thank you, Fenny!
Asked by james from FRANCE | Sep. 11, 2014 16:59Reply
is there a night bus from wuwei to Yinchuan?
thanks in advance
Answers (1)
Answered by Nina from INDONESIA | Sep. 12, 2014 03:11

I’m afraid there is no night bus running between, for the bus ride only takes about 5 hours.
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