|Nickname(s): 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||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Vehicle registration||甘 D|
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 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.
There are 2 radio stations and 3 television stations. Numerous national roads, highways, and railroads cross Baiyin.
Places of interest
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.
- Main data bulletin of the sixth national census in 2010, 2011-05-09(Chinese)
- "Not so grim up north-west". 9 January 2014.
- "全省唯一隐形眼镜自主研发生产企业：甘肃康视达科技集团在银揭牌". 4 August 2012.