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Jiuquan

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Jiuquan is a prefecture-level city in the northwesternmost part of Gansu province, People's Republic of China. The entire "prefecture-level city" (that is, a multi-county administrative unit - an equivalent to the traditional Chinese prefecture) stretches for more than 600km from east to west, occupying 191342km2; its population as of 2002 was 962,000.HistoryThe city's name came from legendary tale of the young Han general Huo Qubing, who poured a jar of precious ale into a local creek in order to share the taste with his troops, in celebration of their crushing victory against Xiongnu forces. The creek was later named Jiuquan ("Ale Springs"), which became the name of the Han prefecture established there. It was an active military garrison during the Later Han Dynasty.It is known in popular legend as the place where rhubarb was first grown and is also the town where the Portuguese Jesuit missionary and explorer Bento de Góis (1562–1607) was robbed and died destitute.GeographyJiuquan occupies the westernmost part of Gansu, bordering Zhangye City to the east, Qinghai to the south, Xinjiang to the west, Ejin Banner of Inner Mongolia and Mongolia to the north. Its administrative area ranges in latitude from 37° 58' to 42° 48' N and in longitude from 92° 09' to 100° 20' E, and reaches a maximal north-south extent of 550km and maximal east-west width of 680km.
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