Gansu Province Travel Photos
Presentation of Gansu Province
Gansu was long synonymous with the western border for China until the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), which made it a province. It stretches west along the Hexi Corridor, a famous trade route linking East China to the Silk Road era.
The latter was protected by the extreme western portion of the Great Wall ending at Jiayuguan Fortress. Lanzhou, the dense capital is located in the eastern part along the Yellow River. The southeastern part after the basin of the Yellow River consists of high plateaus populated by Tibetans and therefore belongs to the former province of L’Amdo.