Since economic development began in China twenty years ago, the country has experienced dramatic changes. But because of the vast differences between the regions and their cultures, some provinces have developed more rapidly than others. In the south-east, along the coast and in central China, the provinces have seen an explosion of their economics. In the Western part of China, however, development has occurred at a different pace.
Qinghai province is in the north west of China where the Yangtze and Yellow rivers originate. Qinghai province occupies an area of over 700,000 square kilometers and has a population of over 5 million people. It is also noted for the Qinghai lake, which is the largest inland lake in China.
The Yellow River is refereed to as the Mother River of China. Lanzhou is the only provincial capital city that the river runs through. As a tribute to their mother river, the people of Lanzhou have erected this statue. It is a photographic must for any tourist, from China and abroad, who visits Lanzhou.
Ningxia is the smallest of China's western provinces and autonomous regions. Lying in the middle reaches of the Yellow River with an area of 66,400 square kilometers, including 810,000 hectares of plowland and 2,670,000 hectares of grassland, Ningxia is one of the 10 largest rangelands. Ningxia has rich nonmetal resources such as coal, gypsum, petroleum and natural gas.

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