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Lying on the upper reaches of the Yellow River and situated in the middle of Gansu, Lanzhou is the capital of Gansu Province. In the past, Lanzhou used to be an oasis and a stopping place on the old Silk Road. Nowadays, Lanzhou has developed into a major transport and industrial center.

The topography is formed by three parts. They are valleys, basins, hilly and Huangtumao ditch and gully area. The Yellow River is flowing through the whole city. Most parts of the area are semi-dry climate in the temperate zone. It has an average annual temperature of 8.9℃, and an average annual rainfall of 331mm.

Lanzhou has rich coal resources. In addition, there is gold, silver, zine, nickel, manganese, clay and dolomite. The resource of waterpower is abundant too.
In agriculture, there is spring wheat, vegetables, beans, oil boiling, melon, tobacco, drug and so on. Lanzhou is the important output place of roses and lily. Lanzhou’s fruits are also famous.

The transportation of Lanzhou is very convenient. The railway and highway are very convenient and the airplane can take you to more than 20 cities all over the country.

For tourism, there are so many places of interest in Lanzhou. Wuquan Mountain, Baita Mountain and Xinglong Mountain are the most famous summer resort places in China.