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10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

This is the diary of a small fisherman's journey, walking and stopping to see the world with me.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

These two years Gansu tourism is very hot, many friends have come to Gansu. But most tourists will choose two routes: the first is the "Hexi Corridor" of the humanities trip; the second is the natural scenery of Gannan trip.

Our trip, we chose a relatively niche in Gansu "Longzhong" city - Dingxi, to a 7 days and 6 nights of in-depth tour.

The original plan is to stroll around the 1 district 6 counties of Dingxi, unfortunately because of YQ reasons, Longxi and Lintao two counties did not make the trip. But even so, Dingxi trip still left a very deep impression on us. Behind its low profile, it is surprising to hide such a rich and unknown beauty ......

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Impression 1: half of the luxuriant and verdant, half of the pale and vast

Dingxi is located in central Gansu, collectively known as "Longzhong", is located in the Loess Plateau, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and West Qinling intersection, its natural landscape can be divided into loess hills and ravines and West Qinling area two natural types of areas. Our driving trip, the two areas of the distinctive differences, the feeling is also particularly deep.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Anding District, Tongwei, Longxi, Lintao several counties, belong to the hilly gully landscape, where you can better feel a pale and vast atmospheric beauty.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

When we reached the 3 counties of Zhangxian, Minxian and Weiyuan, it was a completely different view. The Western Qinling Mountains have given the place a luxuriant verdant look, and driving therein no longer feels pale and vast, but green and green and green.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Zhang County's Guiqing Mountain and Zhaoyang Mountain, Weiyuan's Weiheyuan and Shuyang Mountain, etc., all let us see the dynamic beauty of Dingxi's landscape.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

And Min County, the southernmost part of Dingxi, its landscape is almost the same as the great beauty of Gannan. In Wolduatan wetland grassland, we saw the spectacular scenery of "nine curves and eighteen bends" in the natural environment with mountains stretching around the grassland and the Woldu River winding through it, with abundant water and grass. Who said: Only Gannan has such beautiful scenery?

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Impression two: no air conditioning "summer resort"

Before coming to Dingxi, Xi'an was 40℃+ hot weather. After arriving in Dingxi, the cool weather of more than 20 degrees made me feel the leisure and relaxation of this "summer resort" immediately.

The hotel in Dingxi is not air-conditioned, because it is not used at all. The hottest time of summer here is not more than 30℃. I just want to say: it's really too cool here!

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

The Wei River basin is one of the important birthplaces of Chinese civilization, and the Wei River is also the "mother river" of Shaanxi. As a native of Shaanxi, I was most looking forward to the Weishuiyuan Scenic Area on my trip to Dingxi, Gansu.

The Weihe River originates in the Bird Rat Mountain system southwest of Weiyuan County in Gansu, and then flows through Tianshui in Gansu and Baoji, Xianyang, Xi'an and Weinan in the Guanzhong Plain in Shaanxi, before merging into the Yellow River from Tongguan County in Weinan City. Many places in Gansu and Shaanxi provinces are actually named after the River, such as "Weiyuan County" and "Tongwei County" in Gansu and "Weinan City" in Shaanxi.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

I originally came here for some kind of sentiment, but I didn't expect the Weishuiyuan scenic spot to be much richer than I imagined. In addition to the cultural heritage, the natural scenery of the flying springs and waterfalls and forest canyons is also beautiful. If you have the chance, I recommend you to come and see it too.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Impression 4: Dingxi has a deep cultural heritage

Dingxi is the source of the Wei River and an important birthplace of the Yellow River civilization of the Chinese people. For example, the world-famous "Majiayao Culture" was first discovered in the village of Majiayao in Lintao County, Dingxi City.

We also experienced the charm of Dingxi's humanities during our 7-day and 6-night trip to Dingxi. For example, at the Dingxi Museum, we saw the "treasure of the museum", the Majiayao Grey Ceramic Drum, which looks ordinary but is a national-level cultural relic prohibited from leaving the country and is very precious.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Today, nearly one tenth of the county's population is engaged in the painting and calligraphy and art-related industries. The Tongwei Yuexin International Painting and Calligraphy Village has the largest painting and calligraphy gallery in the northwest, making it a place where the fragrance of books converges.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Weiyuan's Ba Ling Bridge, a unique pure wooden arch bridge with stacked beams, is also worth a look as the bridge titan Mao Yisheng called it "second only to the Zhaozhou Tongji Bridge in Hebei".

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Impression five: Dingxi has a lot of beautiful scenery, raised in the deep boudoir people do not know

This trip to Dingxi, there are many attractions that have unexpected beauty to us. But because of the popularity and traffic problems, they are still "in the dark", not many tourists know.

For example, Zhang County's Guiqing Mountain, a place like the immortal drama where the gods cultivate immortality, is definitely worth a visit.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

For example, the section of National Highway 212 between Weiyuan County and Zhang County can definitely be called the "most beautiful driving road". Along the way, there are large swaths of alpine meadows, and the scenery is overwhelming. The highest peak elevation of 2,980 meters above sea level is the junction of both Weiyuan County and Zhang County, as well as the junction of the two major tributaries of the Yellow River, the Wei River and the Tao River. Standing on the viewing platform, overlooking the layers of green mountains, beautiful and magnificent.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Once in Gansu Dingxi, known as the "bitter and barren world", the reason is the natural geography of the ravines, mountains and rivers. Several counties mentioned in the previous article are also in this geographical landscape, and this is also the initial impression of most foreign tourists for Dingxi.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

However, even in the loess ravine, today's Dingxi is not a scene of bare loess and sandy wind. Since the 1970s, the people of Dingxi have been building terraces in order to improve their living conditions, and today all areas suitable for cultivation in Dingxi have been terraced.

While driving in Anding District and Tongwei County, we saw large, cascading dry terraces along the way, containing the crystallization of Dingxi people's hard work and wisdom, which also became a unique scenery.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Impression seven: Dingxi has "three treasures": potatoes, yams, potatoes

Dingxi is the famous "potato capital of China", and the production capacity of seed potatoes accounts for more than one-third of the country, which is also one of the important economic pillar industries in Dingxi.

Dingxi has a humorous proverb - "Dingxi has 'three treasures', potatoes, yams, potatoes", fully illustrates the importance of potatoes for Dingxi.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

When we visited Dingxi, we also tried various kinds of food related to potatoes. The local villagers would proudly recommend us to try more: the potatoes here are different from those in other countries!

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Impression eight: here is the "capital of Chinese medicine"

Dingxi has a slogan called "Angelica Dingxi", and I didn't understand what it meant before I came here. After coming to know, it is because Dingxi is China's famous "medicine capital".

The planting area and total output of Chinese herbs in Dingxi rank first in the country at the prefecture level, and the planting area of angelica, codonopsis and astragalus account for 60%, 20% and 40% of the country respectively.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Although we didn't visit several herbal planting bases this time, we were impressed to see large swaths of marigolds planted along the way during our driving tour in Weiyuan County. Marigold not only beautifies the environment, but is also a Chinese herbal medicine. Luteolin can be extracted from it, which has the effect of eye protection and skin rejuvenation. As you can see, there are treasures everywhere in the "Medicine Capital of China".

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Impression 9: This is a turning point in Chinese history

On September 27, 1935, the "Panglao Conference" was held in the town of Panglao, Tongwei County, which formally determined the landing point of the Red Army's Long March and the major decision to lead the Chinese Revolution with northern Shaanxi as the base camp. This changed the course of Chinese history and was of great importance.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

Dingxi has a very special pot tea, looks a little like Lanzhou covered bowl tea, also put tea, icing sugar, dates, cinnamon, wolfberries, etc., but the tea is boiled out. The jar used to be a small tile jar, but now it has evolved into a variety of jars, but it is still boiled while drinking.

Can can tea taste more bitter, it is said that this drink comes from the nomads, have the opportunity to come to Dingxi, you can try it oh.

10 first impressions of Xi'an tourists visiting Dingxi, Gansu for the first time: many of them overturn the imagination

So, have you ever visited Dingxi? What kind of impression do you have of Dingxi? Next small fishery will continue to update my Dingxi travelogue, welcome to continue to pay attention to oh ~

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