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Guyuan City

Guyuan City

Another main city in the Ningxia, Guyuan is located is the southern part of the autonomous region. The city was historically difficult to get to and it’s unique geographical location made it subject to natural disasters and erosion. Now there are train and  airport connections to many parts of east and western China. It has a population of approximately 1.5 million people. The city is at an elevation of around 1,770 metres above sea level, making the summers a little cool and rainy.
Guyuan celebrates a history of over 1,500 years. It was founded in the year 524 during the Northern Wei Dynasty. Guyuan has numerous natural and historic sites such as the Liupan Mountain Nature Reserve, the Liangdian Gorge, Lotus Garden, and the Laolong Pond. Guyuan is also home to a Qing Dynasty section of the Great Wall, an unrestored and unique area of the wall. The wall remains are located about 10 kilometres outside of Guyuan city. Another main site in the city are the Xumi Mountain Grottoes. They’ve suffered some weather damage throughout the years but this historically significant site is worth a visit.