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Pingchuan Cultural Center
铜城 (Copper City)
Location of Baiyin Prefecture within Gansu
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Total||21,200 km2 (8,200 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,698 m (5,571 ft)|
|• Density||81/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
|ISO 3166 code||CN-GS-04|
Baiyin (Chinese: 白银市; pinyin: Báiyín; literally: 'Silver') is a prefecture-level city in northeastern Gansu province, People's Republic of China. The city is mostly known in China for the serial killings of Gao Chengyong.
Geography and climate
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).
|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 Baiyin Nonferrous 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.
Baiyin is directly served by the Baotou–Lanzhou railway, to China National Highway 109 and to G6 Beijing–Lhasa Expressway. A road connecting Baiyin directly to Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport is under construction.