Jiuquan

Jiuquan

Jiuquan, formerly known as Suzhou[4],[5] is a prefecture-level city in the northwesternmost part of Gansu Province in the People's Republic of China. It is more than 600 km (370 mi) wide from east to west, occupying 191,342 km2 (73,878 sq mi), although its built-up area is mostly located in its Suzhou District. The city was formerly known as Fulu, which became known as Suzhou (Suchow, Su-chow,[5] &c.) after it became the seat of Su Prefecture under the Sui.[6] As the seat of Jiuquan Commandery, it eventually became known by that name in turn. The name Jiuquan —"wine spring(s)" — derives from a legendary story of the young Han general Huo Qubing, who was said to have poured a vat of precious wine into a local creek to share its taste with his troops after a victory over the Xiongnu nomads.[7]