Provinces in North West China

Gansu

Gansu

A province in the north west of China. It has a short border with the Republic of Mongolia in the north of the province. Around the rest lie other Chinese provinces. To the north east is Inner Mongolia and Ningxia autonomous regions. To the south east is Shaanxi province. To the south is Sichuan and to the west lie Qinghai province and Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

Ningxia

Ningxia

One of the smallest provinces of China, it is sandwiched between Gansu province and Inner Mongolia region and has a short border with Shaanxi province to the east. Ningxia is situated on the high Loess Plateau. The yellow river curves through much of the province.

Qinghai

Qinghai

A province of western China. It is surrounded by Gansu, the Xinjiang, Sichuan, and Tibet. The area is a sparsely populated, high plateau that is little visited by foreign tourists. The location means that Qinghai has long been a melting pot of various ethnic groups with Tibetan, Mongol, and Turkic influences.

Shaanxi

Shaanxi

This province is located in the north of China. It was here that the first Emperor, 2000 years ago, set his capital for the new united China. Though the first dynasty, the Qin, only lasted a relatively short time, it formed a base on which every future dynasty was founded. Thus Shaanxi is seen as the place of origin of China as a nation state. Shaanxi's capital city, Xi'an, has allot to offer tourists. It's ancient city walls, the famous Terracotta Warriors and the beginning point for tours heading west along the silk road.

Xinjiang

Xinjiang

Located in the far North West of China, iIt is a huge region. Much of the region is empty mountains and desert with just a few people. However, it is an area steeped in history and culture. The cross roads of Asia, Xinjiang was on the route of the famous Silk Road.

Cities in North West China