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Prefecture-level city
Huining, Baiyin, Gansu, China - panoramio (1).jpg
Nickname(s): 铜城 (Copper City)
Location of Baiyin Prefecture within Gansu
Location of Baiyin Prefecture within Gansu
Baiyin is located in China
Location of Baiyin Prefecture within Gansu
Coordinates: 36°33′30″N 104°12′29″E / 36.55833°N 104.20806°E / 36.55833; 104.20806
Country People's Republic of China
Region Gansu
 • Total 21,200 km2 (8,200 sq mi)
Elevation 1,698 m (5,571 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 1,708,751
 • Density 81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal Code 730900
Area code(s) 0943
Vehicle registration 甘 D

Baiyin (Chinese: 白银市; pinyin: Báiyín) is a prefecture-level city in northeastern Gansu province, People's Republic of China.

Geography and climate[edit]

Baiyin is part loess plateau, part desert. Elevation ranges from 1275 to 3321 meters above sea-level. The climate is very arid with only 110–352 mm (4.3–13.9 in) of annual precipitation. Annual evaporation is 2,101 mm (82.7 in) resulting in a net loss of approximately 1,800 mm (71 in). The Yellow River flows from south to north for 214 km (133 mi) through Baiyin.

The area is 21,200 km2 (8,200 sq mi), 3,478 km2 (1,343 sq mi) of that urban.


Baiyin has 2 urban districts, 3 counties, 64 townships, 18 towns, and 7 sub-districts with a total population of 1,746,800(2011).

Name Simplified
Hanyu Pinyin Population
Baiyin District 白银区 Báiyín Qū 294,400 1,372 215
Pingchuan District 平川区 Píngchuān Qū 192,398 2,106 91
Jingyuan County 靖远县 Jìngyuǎn Xiàn 454,925 5,809 78
Huining County 会宁县 Huìníng Xiàn 541,273 6,439 84
Jingtai County 景泰县 Jǐngtài Xiàn 225,755 5,483 41


The 2002 GDP was 9.5 billion RMB. Average annual income for urban residents was 6409 RMB, and 1688 RMB for rural residents.

The Baiyin Nonferrous Metals Company operates copper, zinc and selenium mines around Baiyin, although these mines are getting exhausted of ore. Financed by development funds, a high-tech park is being built, which is home to a contact lens factory.[2][3]


There are 2 radio stations and 3 television stations. Numerous national roads, highways, and railroads cross Baiyin.

Places of interest[edit]

The Yellow River Stone Forest is a National Park about 40 km (25 mi) North of Baiyin. It is famous for its natural stone columns.


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Coordinates: 36°33′N 104°09′E / 36.550°N 104.150°E / 36.550; 104.150