Lintan County is under the jurisdiction of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province. It was called “Tao Zhou” in ancient times.
Lintan County has a national 4A-level scenic spot Yeliguan, Huangjianzi National Forest Park, Lianhuashan National Nature Reserve, and a provincial geological park.
Best travel time, Spring and Autumn
Local climate Temperate continental climate
Most popular sites
Taozhou Acropolis is the largest existing acropolis in China. The city was originally named Houhe City, and being rebuilt in the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534) and renamed Honghe City. In the Ming Dynasty, it was rebuilt as the present Taozhou Acropolis. It was severely damaged in the earthquake in 2013. The city faces south from the north and has a circumference of 5,430 meters. The acropolis’s south side faces the river, the other three sides face the mountains
Houjia monastery is also known as “Yerwa Gon Samdrubling” in Tibetan language. At most, there were more than 1,000 monks. The monastery owns more than 300 acres of land and being financially strong. The main religious festival is the annual Pujia on the 19th day of the first month of the Lunar calendar. During the festival, there are activities such as Shining Treasures, Huge Thangkar unfolding, Chanting, Monk Dharma dances.
Manu Temple, also called “Tashigar Monastery” in Tibetan, is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Located on the opposite side of Yangpozhuang, about 3 kilometers away from Lintan County, the temple site covers an area of 26 acres. It is one of 108 Sakya monasteries built by Kublai Khan in the Yuan Dynasty based on the suggestion of King Ba Sipa from the imperial capital to the southwest.
Duoshan Stone Bamboo Shoots, It is located on Beiduo Mountain, Xincheng Town. Duoshan means Big Stone Moutnain. The scenery is on the eastern slope of the main peak of Duoshan which is in the shape of a steamed bun. An independent stone pillar emerged suddenly, about 120 meters high and more than 40 meters in diameter. The stone pillars are cylindrical with the same diameter up and down, it is entirely composed of off-white limestone. its close view Close up, it stands upright, like a sword piercing the sky. It stands upright from a close view, like a sword piercing the sky, and from a distance, it is like a bamboo shoot coming out of the earth, so it is called Duoshan jade bamboo shoot.
Geography and climate
Lintan County is a mountainous and hilly area, the terrain is high in the west and low in the east, and slopes from the southwest to the northeast. The territory is mostly low mountains and deep valleys, complex terrain, and many ravines. The altitude is between 2200-3926 meters, with an average altitude of 2825 meters
The climate in most parts of Lintan County belongs to the high-cold and arid area, with cold, humid and unclear four seasons.
The precipitation is more in the northeast and less in the southwest.
Its climate features long, cold and dry winter, slow-warming in summer and spring, fast cooling in autumn. The annual average temperature is 3.2℃; the annual precipitation is 383-668 mm; the sunshine hours are 2314 hours, and the annual average frost-free period is about 65 days.
Population and ethnic group
As of 2011, the total population of Lintan County was 150,000. There are 10 ethnic groups including Han, Hui, Tibetan, Mongolian, Dongxiang, Tu, Manchu, Miao, Li, and Salar. The ethnic minority population is 41,000, accounting for 28% of the total population.
As early as the Neolithic period, nomads lived in this region
The important “Tea-Horse Trading Market” began in this area, with start in the Song Dynasty, flourished in the Ming Dynasty, and ended in the Qing Dynasty.
During Western Han Dynasty, refuges of wars were moved to this region, which brought the advanced production technology, culture and art of the Central Plains.
In the Western Jin Dynasty, Tuyuhun regime occupied Lintan area, built monasteries, since then Buddhist culture spread in here.
In the 12th year of Hongwu of the Ming Dynasty (AD 1379), Ming’s army reclaimed Lintan area, and built a well-preserved Acropolis in the new city of Lintan, which was called Taozhou Acropolis.
In Tang Dynasty, Lintan County was established.
In Qing Dynasty, it was named as Taozhou region
In the 2nd year of the Republic of China (1913), Lintan County was restored, till now