Zhangye Prefecture has a continental climate with the average sunlight of over 3000 hours annually.
Temperatures are the lowest and days and nights coldest in January, the hottest days of the year usually fall in July. The comfortable months for travel are from June to September, which is the Tourist High Season. Days may remain sunny throughout November counting chilly nights, nippy mornings and warm afternoons.
Average Temperature in Zhangye: 7 Degrees Celcius annually. Temperatures may range between Minus 20 Degrees Celcius and near + 40 Degrees in July.
Rainfall: Annual rainfalls are low with an average rainfall of 129 mm (Range: 104 millimeters-459 millimeters (4 inches-18 inches)) per year. Local agriculture and life depends on the waters of the HeiHe or Hei River, the Shandan River and local aquifers which derive their waters from the melting waters of Gletsjers on top of the Qilian Mountains.
Although water flows easily from fossets inside the luxury hotel rooms of today's tourists who drop into town, the outlying villages of Zhangye Prefecture have only resently been supplied with clean and fresh water. The struggle is however ongoing.
Lately, rainfall at Zhangye, inside the Hexi Corridor and in the wider regions of North and Western China have been decreasing. The last 3 years have seen a drop in rainfall leading to widespread droughts.
For the future of Zhangye, water conservancy and prevention (if possible) of climate change will be of the utmost importance. Save your water when visiting Zhangye !
Travel tips for Zhangye City and Prefecture: the abundance of clear skies and sunny days inside the Hexi Corridor bring with them the downside of an easy chance at an overdose of solar radiation. First thing to bring along on your trip are sunglasses (shades). Some high factor sun screen oil may also be put to good use, especially in the hottest month, july.
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This page was last updated on: July 22, 2017
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To be exact Zhangye City Prefecture consist of a central urban district which is the City of Zhangye, surrounded a 5 counties under its administrative responsibilities. Zhangye has been historically known as Ganzou since the Western Han Dynasty Era and is thus designated as Ganzhou District (甘州区). Apart from the City of Zhangye there are 4 counties plus one autonomous county. The 'regular' counties are Linze County (临泽县), Gaotai County (高台县) , Shandan County (山丹县) due East of Zhangye City located along Highway 312 , Minle County (民乐县). The one non-regular but Autonomous county
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As for Zhangye City Prefecture of which Sunan is an ethnic minority autonomous county, the highest altitudes are found in southeast where the highest Top of the Qilian Mountains reaches 5,564 meters (18,254 feet). The lowest point within Zhangye Prefecture, at 1284 meters (4,212 feet), is found in the northwest.
Surface Area (of County): 40,874 Square kilometers (16,177 square miles).
Population: The Total Population of SunanTown and County is: unknown.
Today's Sunan has been doing remarkable well in recent years.
is Sunan Yugur Autonomous County (肃南裕固族自治县) , the main ethnic enclave of the Yugur Nationality within China. Sunan can be found due South-West of Zhangye City.
As summarized in short above, Zhangye City knows quite its history. In fact, it was founded over 2000 years ago, officially during the Han Dynasty, but probably long before.
During the early Han Dynasty Zhangye was no less than the Capital City of the North-Western Regions of China, and thus it became the corner-stone and stepping-off point for the Han Dynasty Emmissaries who would help explore, found and later dominate the trading routes that would become famous in history as "The Silk Road".
Already during the succesful years of the Han Dynasty, "China's first Golden Age", Zhangye grew to be
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The Holy Mountain of the Xishui Township people and Sunan County is the Da Gu Shan, which carries no less than 3 pagoda's atop its Icy ridges. Long undisturbed as the guardian of the Town, Dagushan has recently seen the roar of Chinese development arrive.
Xishui Tibetan Township is currently the location of the Xiaogushan Hydro-electric Power Project, a damming project of the Hei River. The proposed aim of this Project is to alleviate the increasing power shortage in Zhangye city and the Hexi Corridor. Usually, when there is not enough power, lights in the City will remain on, however the rural area's are cut off from electricity. It is hoped that with the building of the Dam enough electricity can be generated to make continued economic development of these far western regions possible, and include each rural village. Naturally, ensured supply of electricity is a base necessity for development of village economies and the fighting of rural poverty in Gansu Province.