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Prefecture-level city
Location of Dingxi City jurisdiction in Gansu
Location of Dingxi City jurisdiction in Gansu
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Country People's Republic of China
Province Gansu
 • Total 20,300 km2 (7,800 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,698,622
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Dingxi (Chinese: 定西; pinyin: Dìngxī) is a prefecture-level city in the southeast of Gansu province, People's Republic of China.

Geography and climate

Dingxi City is located in central Gansu province, 98 km east of Lanzhou, giving it the nickname the "eastern gateway". The Wei River, a tributary of the Yellow River flows through the district and provides it with the majority of its water. Dingxi is semi-arid, with little precipitation. Even though sunlight here can be intense, temperatures are generally cool. The surrounding terrain is mostly loess hills and ravines in the north and highlands in the south. The area is 20,300 km².


Dingxi was important in the development of some of China's earliest cultures, specifically along the Wei River, one of the Yellow River's biggest tributaries. Numerous Neolithic sites from various cultures are found throughout the area.

A series of earthquakes in July 2013 killed at least 89 people and injured more than 500 others.


Dingxi has 1 urban district, 6 counties, and 119 towns with a total population of 2,698,622.[1]

Name Simplified
Hanyu Pinyin Population
(2004 est.)
Area (km²) Density
Anding District 安定区 Āndìng Qū 460,000 3,638 126
Lintao County 临洮县 Líntáo Xiàn 530,000 2,851 186
Longxi County 陇西县 Lǒngxī Xiàn 490,000 2,408 203
Zhang County 漳县 Zhāng Xiàn 190,000 2,164 88
Min County 岷县 Mín Xiàn 450,000 3,578 126
Weiyuan County 渭源县 Wèiyuán Xiàn 340,000 2,065 165
Tongwei County 通渭县 Tōngwèi Xiàn 450,000 2,905 155



Agriculture and natural resource based industries are the key to Dingxi's economy. There are more than 300 different kinds of Chinese medicinal plants and herbs found in the area. Dingxi's Anding County is China's number one grower of yams. Zanthoxylum (also called Sichuan Pepper or prickly ash fruit), walnuts, wild apricots, and other fruit are some of Dingxi's famous dried exports.


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