Location of Jinchang City jurisdiction in Gansu
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Total||8,896 km2 (3,435 sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
Geography and climate
Jinchang City is located in central Gansu province, west of the Yellow River, north of the Qilian Mountains, and south of the Alashan Plateau. The southwest of the city borders Qinghai Province and the northwest borders Inner Mongolia. The area is 8,896 km2 (3,435 sq mi).
Jinchang has 1 urban district and 1 county with a total population of 464050, half of which is urban.
|Jinchuan District||金川区||Jīnchuān Qū||200,000||3,017||66|
|Yongchang County||永昌县||Yǒngchāng Xiàn||250,000||5,879||43|
The 2002 GDP was 4.5 billion RMB. The average urban income was 8,233 RMB while rural was 3,051 RMB. Agriculture and natural resource based industries are the key to Jinchang's economy. It is called China's "Nickel Capital" and has an abundance of other mineral resources including quartz, iron, manganese, copper, cobalt, zinc, gold, tungsten, limestone, etc. Here placed Jinchuan Group. The installation of a solar farm in the western part of Jinchang with a rated capacity of 1 GW and of a solar production facility with 300 MW capacity has been announced in May 2012. 
Vegetable oil is its primary agricultural product.
Cultural sites such as the Han and Qing dynasty Great Walls are popular tourist sites. The relatively undeveloped natural environment is also a draw for tourists.
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