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Wuwei Travel Guide

Wuwei Overview

Wuwei is located in the middle part of Gansu Province and the east part of Hexi Corridor. It is the place where Horse Riding Chebi (the logo of China tourism) unearthed. In 1986, it was named as China Historical and Culture City by the State Council and opened to the outside world. In 2005, Wuwei was reputed as China Excellent Tourism City. In 2012, it was honored as China Wine City.

Wuwei, originally named Liangzhou, once was the important communications hub of the Silk Road. It has a long history. In 121 BC, Huo Qubing, the General of Agile Cavalry of the Emperor Wu of Han Dynasty, conquered Xiongnu at Hexi Corridor. Since Emperor Wu set up 4 counties along Hexi Corridor. Wuwei was the key transportation hub of the Silk Road. There are many historical relics and beautiful nature sceneries in Wuwei. As a important city for the communication of economy and culture between the central plains and the western regions, it once became the center of Northern Buddhism.

Wuwei Facts

Geographic Position
Wuwei is situated at the middle par of Gansu Province and the east part of the Hexi Corridor. It is the east gate between the central plains and Hexi Corridor and Xinjiang. Located in north latitude 36 ° 29 '~ 39 ° 27', longitude 101 ° 49 '~ 104 ° 16', Wuwei borders Baiyin city and Lanzhou City at east, Qianlian Mountain and Qianghai Province at south, Zhangye and Jinchang City at west and Inner Mongolia at north. It is about 276 km away from Lanzhou City, 74 km away from Jinchang City. Wuwei’s territory is 326 km long from south to north and 204 km wide from west to east with an total area of 33238 square km.

Terrain and Climate
The terrain of south Wuwei is high, while the north is low, forming 3 terrain areas:

1.Qinlian Mountain Area at South: The area is over 9000 square kilometers with altitude between 2000m and 4872m. The mountain is covered with snow at all ages at the altitude above 4000 m. There are forest and grassland on the mountain. The annual precipitation is about 310 mm to 522 mm. The average annual temperature is below 0℃.

2. Middle Oasis Irrigated Area: the area is about 9000 square kilometers and belongs to temperate arid zone. It is windy in summer and winter and hot in summer. The temperature in summer is about 24.2℃ to 36℃, with big temperature difference between day and night. The sunshine time of a year is about 3000 hrs. The annual precipitation is around 102mm to 200mm, and evaporation capacity is above 2000mm.

3. Arid Area in Northern: this area is about 15,000 square kilometers. There is dry and short of water. The annual precipitation is about 53mm to 185 mm, and annual evaporative capacity is 3000 mm. The climate here: strong solar radiation, abundant sunlight, short and hot in summer, long and cold in winter, large temperature difference between day and night, less precipitation and big evaporation.

According to the sixth nationwide population census in 2010, the permanent resident population in Wuwei was 18,150,542,010.

Administrative Division

District and Counties Area Population Zip Code
Wewei City 33249 1815054 733000
Liangzhou District 5081 1010295 733000
Mingqin County 16016 241251 733000
Gulang County 5287 388718 733100
Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County 6865 174790 733200

Wuwei Climate & Weather

Wuwei City is located in the middle of the Hexi Corridor, Gansu Province, with Inner Mongolia at north and Qinghai at south. It belongs to temperate continental climate, with abundant sunshine, large temperature difference, and the annual average temperature is about 8 ℃. The annual average rainfall is about 170mm. The sunshine is 2200-3000 hours. Wuwei City can be divided into three parts, the northern desert region, which is drought with large sandstorms; the central plain area, which is flat with good weather and famous for its grain and fruit-producing areas. It is a cool and rainy southern Qilian Mountains, lush forests, and summer leisure travel resort.

Climate Data Table for Wuwei

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
0.0 3.3 9.6 17.8 22.9 26.5 28.9 27.6 22.4 15.9 8.1 1.9
-13.8 -10.2 -3.8 3.0 8.0 11.6 14.2 13.7 8.8 1.6 -5.6 -11.3
Rainfall (mm) 1.4 2.3 6.1 7.9 15.8 28.4 30.2 34.0 24.1 10.8 3.6 1.2
Days of rainfall 2,1 2.6 3.6 4.1 5.9 8.2 9.6 9.8 7.7 4.4 1.9 1.8

►Best time to visit Wuwei:
The best time to visit Wuwei is in summer and autumn, which is also the rain season. The wet climate will make you feel more comfortable.

►Try to Avoid domestic travel seasons
Try to plan your Wuwei tour to avoid the peak holidays. Because they are popular with Chinese tourists, Wuwei attractions become more crowded in these periods.

The most crowded seasons in China are Chinese Spring Festival (usually in late Jan or early Feb.), International Labor Day (May 01 to 03) and National Day (Oct 01-07). Spring Festival and the National Day golden week are the most crowded time for travelling.

Wuwei Tours & Tings to Do