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gansu Chinese namegansu
Population26,200,000
Area454,000
CapitalLanzhou
Main Industriesagriculture (grain), coal, mining
GDP3,825
Foreign Trade51,563
Ethnic minorities9%
Urbanization32%
Inner Mongolia Xinjiang Heilongjiang Jilin Gansu Liaoning Ningxia Qinghai Tibet Hebei Yunnan Shandong Sichuan Guangxi Shanxi Hainan Shaanxi Guangdong Chongqing Fujian Henan Guizhou Zhejiang Hunan Jiangsu Hubei Shanghai Jiangxi Beijing Anhui Tianjin

Gansu Province is the north-western corridor into China, bounded by inhospitable, mountainous Qinghai to the south-west and the Gobi desert to the north-east, it forms the natural route for the overland silk routes into the heartland of China. Jiayuguan is at the western end of the Great Wall and the Wall forms much of the north-eastern border onto the Gobi desert.

It has a cool and dry climate.

The Dunhuang caves are a major tourist attraction consisting of hundreds of caves cut into the soft sandstone by Buddhist monks fifteen hundred years ago.

See also :
More information about Gansu Province
China sage map of Gansu

Fur trading in Gansu
Fur trading in a Tibetan ethnic county in Gansu, 1973.

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