Jiuquan is located in the northwest of Gansu Province, at the western end of the Hexi Corridor. It is the largest city by area in Gansu. Jiuquan was one of the four commanderies in Hexi during the Han Dynasty. Since ancient times, it has been a strategic pass connecting Central Plains to the Western Regions, and an important town on the Silk Road.
With continuous mountain ranges, vast Gobi Desert, adjoining basins, Jiuquan forms a majestic and unique landscape of Northwest China. It has snow-capped glaciers in silver dress, oasis green belts with murmuring streams, as well as desert mirages over the Gobi wilderness.