Jiuquan is the birthplace of Dunhuang art and China's petroleum and nuclear industries. It is the cradle of China's modern aerospace and home to the first national wind power base with a capacity of tens of millions of kilowatts, as well as a photovoltaic power base of a million kilowatts. It is also a national e-commerce demonstration base and a regional node city. The city has been designated as a demonstration area for industrial transfer from the middle and eastern part of China, an integrated industrial cluster, and an important node city along the Silk Road Economic Belt.
Jiuquan is strategically situated at the intersection of Gansu, Xinjiang, Qinghai, and Inner Mongolia. It benefits from a well-developed transportation network, including railways, highways, pipelines, and airports. The district is home to important defense research units, including the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center and the Gansu Nuclear Technology Industrial Park. It also attracts large central and provincial enterprises, making it a hub for industry transfer and resource concentration.
Jiuquan is a city with abundant resources. It has favorable conditions for the development of characteristic agriculture, and sees large-scale vegetable planting, high-quality fruits and forestry, modern seed production, and the production of traditional Chinese medicinal materials. It is also known for its sheep and cattle farming. The city has vast wind energy resources of over 80 million kilowatts and solar thermal resources of 2 billion kilowatts. It is regarded as a nationally important new energy base and a demonstration zone for development and utilization. Jiuquan has a significant installed capacity of grid-connected wind power, photovoltaic power, and solar thermal power, accounting for 54% of Gansu province's total new energy capacity.
Jiuquan has a history of over 2,100 years. It is home to five World Cultural Heritage sites, 20 national key cultural relics protection units, and 75 provincial-level cultural relics protection units. The area also offers stunning attractions including the Mogao Caves, the Mingsha Mountain and the Crescent Spring. In addition, Dunhuang in Jiuquan has been designated as the permanent venue for the Silk Road International Cultural Expo, further elevating Jiuquan’s reputation and influence.
Jiuquan has a solid foundation for development. It has four national-level development platforms and has formed five characteristic agricultural sectors of vegetables, fruits, seed breeding, Chinese medicinal materials, and animal husbandry. It is also establishing industrial chains for its circular economy, such as in petroleum refining, construction materials, ferrous metals, and non-ferrous metals. These efforts provide a solid foundation for quicker and higher-quality development.