Zhangye,Anciently named Ganzhou, Zhangye was a famous commercial port on the Silk Road and one of the biggest international trade markets in the country. Merchants from the west kept coming here for trading. Irrigation from the Black and Shandan rivers makes agriculture here quite developed. It gains the reputation of "lush southern-type fields in the desert".Situated in western part of Gansu province, midway of Hexi Corridor,located in the area where the Qinghai-Tibet and Inner Mongolia Plateaus adjoin; borders the Mt. Qilian in the south, Heli Mountain and Longshou Mountain in the north, long and narrow clime which shapes as a running horse; the highest altitude in southeast reaches 5,564 meters (18,254 feet) and the lowest altitude in northwest is 1,284 meters (4,212 feet); the elevation of Zhangye City is 1,474 meters (4,835 feet)Zhangye was called "Jin Zhangye" in old times. Located in the northwest of Gansu and the middle of Hexi Corridor, Zhangye (literally meaning “to extend arms”) was named after a Chinese old saying which goes like that “Extend the arm of the country, lead the way to Western Realm”. Zhangye is a key town of the Silk Road, the major thoroughfare of New Eurasian Land Bridge and national historical and cultural city. Hei River, the second largest river running through Zhangye makes Zhangye the commodity grain base of Gansu Province.Due to the strategic importance in its military and geographical location, Zhangye became the center of politics, economy, culture and diplomatic activities of every past dynasty in the north-western part of China.
located in the area where the Qinghai-Tibet and Inner Mongolia Plateaus meet; borders the Mt. Qilian in the south, Heli Mountain and Longshou Mountain in the north; long and narrow climb in the shape of a running horse; the highest altitude in southeast reaches 5,564 meters (18,254 feet) and the lowest altitude in northwest is 1,284 meters (4,212 feet); the elevation of Zhangye is 1,474 meters (4,835 feet).
The city of Zhangye has a long history dating back to more than 2000 years ago. It was one of the four counties in Hexi (the Western River) and the center of politics, economy, culture and diplomatic activities of every past dynasty in the north-western part of central China.Situated in the central part of Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province, Zhangye is adjacent to Wuwei area and Jinchang city to the east and connected with Jiuquan area to the west, which makes it the joint point that links the southern and northern routes of the Old Silk Road with the Juyan Old Path.
Zhangye witenesses a unique vision of lonely desert and flourishing oasis with the Qilian Mountain standing in the south, the Heli Hill and Longshou Hill lying in the north and the Black River running though the whole area. The plain land and fertile soil contribute a lot to its luxuriant forests, abundant grain and fragrant melon and fruit. Jokuls, grasslands, green waters and desserts reflect one anotherand stage a spectacle of particular interest with both charms of southland and amorous feelings of the Great Wall. There are such fine verses as "I' ll never forget the snow on the Qilian Mountain and I' ve miataken Ganzhou for Jiangnan (the prosperous part in south of the Changjiang River)" to describe it.
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