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Location o Zhangye Prefectur athin Gansu

Zhangye (simplified Cheenese: 张掖; tradeetional Cheenese: 張掖; pinyin: Zhāngyè) is a prefectur-level ceety in Cheenae's Gansu province.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Zhangye is in the center o the Hexi Corridor. The aurie wis the frontier for hintle o Cheenae's history, formin a natural passage tae the Central Asian portion o the empire. In fact, the name Zhangye (lit. "tae extend the airm") is an abbreviation o 国臂,以通西域 (lit. Tae extend the airm o the kintra, through tae the Wastren Realm. Durin the Wastren Han dynasty, Cheenese armies were often engaged against the Xiongnu in this area. It was also an important section of the Silk Road.

The ceety wis ance kent as Ganzhou (甘州), a name retained baith in the municipal region seat Ganzhou Destrict an the Gan o the province o Gansu. In The Travels of Marco Polo, Marco Polo describes spendin a year in a ceety cried Campichu, which haes been identifee'd wi Ganzhou (Zhangye).[1]

Geography an climate[eedit | eedit soorce]

Zhangye is locatit in far wastren Gansu province. In the north it borders Inner Mongolie an in the sooth Qinghai. It haes a lairge aurie o 42,000 km² an is blessed wi numerous streams, abundant sunlicht an fertile soil, makin it an important agricultural centre for Gansu an aw o Cheenae.

Admeenistration[eedit | eedit soorce]

Zhangye haes 1 urban destrict, 4 coonties, 1 autonomous coonty, 97 touns, an 977 veelages.

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# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population
(2004 est.)
Aurie (km²) Density
(/km²)
1 Ganzhou Destrict 甘州区 Gānzhōu Qū 500,000 4,240 120
2 Minle Coonty 民乐县 Mínlè Xiàn 240,000 3,687 65
3 Linze Coonty 临泽县 Línzé Xiàn 150,000 2,777 54
4 Gaotai Coonty 高台县 Gāotái Xiàn 160,000 4,312 37
5 Shandan Coonty 山丹县 Shāndān Xiàn 190,000 5,402 35
6 Sunan Yugur Autonomous Coonty 肃南裕固族自治县 Sùnán Yùgùzú
Zìzhìxiàn
40,000 20,456 2

Demographics[eedit | eedit soorce]

Near Aviko french fry factory in Liuba Toun, Minle Coonty, Zhangye

Zhangye haes a total population o 1,260,000, anerlie 260,000 being urban residents. There are 26 ethnic minorities ither than Han representit includin mony Hui, Yugur an Tibetans.

Transport[eedit | eedit soorce]

Zhangye is served bi Cheenae Naitional Heich-gates 227 an 312, an the Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway.

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The 2002 GDP wis 7.566 billion RMB, amaist 9% growth ower the previous year. Annual urban income wis 5960 RMB,10.4% growth frae the previous year an rural income wis 3092 RMB, up 5%.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. The Travels of Marco Polo, by Marco Polo , translated by Henry Yule. Book 1, Chapter 45.

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]

Coordinates: 38°56′N 100°27′E / 38.933°N 100.450°E / 38.933; 100.450