province of gansu

Did you know Tibet once controlled an empire? It ruled the Himalayan highlands, Bengal, and the modern Chinese provinces of Gansu and Yunnan from 618 CE to about 840 CE. Between the first and third emperor, their territory expanded eventually to the height shown in the map above. But difficulty of transportation and communication, and religious tensions due to the introduction of Buddhism in the early 700s CE, led to infighting which pitted the royal family against ancient noble families and supporters of the new religion.

The last two emperors were assassinated, one by pro-native religionists, one by a Buddhist hermit. Yes, a Buddhist assassinated an emperor. After the death of the tenth emperor, the Tibetan Empire disintegrated into civil war.


The opening frame of this - the red and yellow hills, is China’s Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park. That part of the clip shows up in the last minute of this tour through the landscape of western China. Original caption:

Gansu Province is located in the northwestern China. To the west of Lanzhou and west of the Yellow River is the famous “Hexi Corridor,” an important strategic passage on the ancient Silk Road stretching to the west. This area abounds in rich historical and cultural heritage, including grottoes, ancient buildings and other cultural relics.

Through these lands, and in the Gobi Desert, you can admire some natural landscapes characterized by a tormented geological history.

One of the last places outside of occupied Tibet where Tibetans, ethnic Chinese and Hui Muslims live harmoniously - Xiahe, Gansu province, China.

China: Historical Overview

Originally posted by historical-nonfiction

5000 years of history that honestly, never really gets boring

I would also like to point out my knowledge doesn’t go very far after The Three Kingdoms and it is noticeable in my writing. I also wrote this while incredibly sick. Any errors please point them out.

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The colorful Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park in the Gansu province, China. Known for its saturated rock formations, it has been voted by Chinese media outlets as one of the most beautiful landforms in China.

The unusual colours of the rocks are the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down over 24 million years.

Photo by Macau-based photographer Melinda Chan.

The Deadliest Places To Live On The Planet

The human capacity to survive in even the most dangerous situations can be fairly astonishing.

But because fact is often as strange as fiction, we’ve decided to collect the deadliest places in the world still inhabited by humans. You won’t believe what people are prepared to put up with, in order to have a place to call home…


Where Is It: Russia

Why It’s Deadly: Officially the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world, the Village of Oymyakon can hit temperatures of -51c during the day. Not that you’d know it was the daytime during the winter months, with just 15 hours of sunshine hitting the area in the whole of December.

Sudden Danger Rating: 6/10. Though double those odds if you have to make any kind of long trip on foot. No matter how many fur coats you pile on, the cold air is merciless and will get you in the end. In Yakutsk a snowball game can feel as deadly as a gunfight.

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Growth of Solar in the Gobi Desert

In August 2009, construction began on China’s first large-scale solar power station. Six years later, solar panels have expanded much deeper into the Gobi Desert, where sunlight and land are abundant.

The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on the Earth Observing-1 satellite acquired these images of the solar farms, located on the outskirts of Dunhuang in northwestern China’s Gansu Province. In 2012 (top image), grids of photovoltaic panels are visible on land that was essentially bare in an image from October 2006. By 2015 (bottom image), panels appear to cover about three times the area since 2012. Turn on the image comparison tool to see the growth of land area covered by panels.

According to China Daily, Gansu Province’s total installed solar capacity in 2014 reached 5.2 gigawatts. Clean Technica reported that China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) had set the goal of increasing the province’s capacity by an additional 0.5 gigawatts in 2015.

Across the entire country, total installed capacity in 2014 was 28.05 gigawatts, according to PV Magazine. Of that, more than 10 gigawatts were newly added capacity in 2014, which led to a 200 percent increase in the kilowatt-hours of electricity produced via solar over the year before. And already in the first quarter of 2015, China is reported to have installed more than 5 gigawatts of new capacity.