This Schematic Map of Gansu Province and bordering area's of adjacent provinces provides a Clear Overview of the Main Geographical Features of the Area. Gansu Provinces' Borders by a high degree are determined by geographical features and natural boundaries.
In the North along the Hexi Corridor and in the North-East, Gansu Province is bordered by the expanses of the Gobi Desert, of which the TengGer Desert is a south-ward extension. This Northern Border is further delineated by the Mazong Mountain Range and remnants of The Great Wall of China defenses. In the North-East and East Gansu Province is further bordered by Mountainous Ningxia Province and the Ordos Desert, the latter leading away East into North Shaanxi Province. In the East, Gansu is shaped as it bends around the Nan Shan (Qilian) Mountain Range, which forms the borders with the Qinghai High Mountain Plateaux and the Province of the Same Name. In the Far West the Hexi Corridor South Border is sharply delineated by the Altyn Tag Mountains with peaks of over 5500 Meters, whereas the Western End of Gansu Province is forced by the Sands of the Taklamakan Desert, wild eroded forms of Yadan Landscape and last but not least the (salt) marshes of Lop Nor in Xinjiang-Uygur AR.
Only the South and South-East are relatively open and have a fertile valleys and climates. These Regions are therefor the most traversed and most populated area's of the Province.
The Map further provides locations of villages along main roads and railway lines, locations of Monumental and Cultural Historic Sites in the area (includes Great Wall of China locations) and locations of scenic or buddhist holy mountains in the region.
Introduction to Gansu Province of China Overview Map 2