Located in the central and southern part of Gansu Province, Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture covers an area of 816 square kilometers and has a total population of 1.9569 million. The prefecture is inhabited by 18 ethnic groups including Hui, Han, Dongxiang and Bao’an people.
Linxia is mainly inhabited by Muslim people. The Islamic culture and Muslim life style here are of special characters. The city is located in the midway to Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and Jiuzhaigou Moutain, a famous scenic spot in Sichuan province. Linxia is also home to Hua’er, a local folk song popular among young Muslim people. The carved bricks and flowers in Linxia are very famous. With its long history, Linxia has a lot of sites of Majiayao culture. Besides Liujiaxia Reservoir, there are Bingling Grottoes, Hongyuan Park, Dong Gong Guan (Eastern Guild), Nanguan Mosque, Lotus Mountain, Songming Hill etc.
There are also one of the largest Muslim tombs in China—Da Gong Bei, the largest Sino-Arabic style mosque—Nanguan Mosque, the second largest Taoist temple in Gansu—Wanshou Temple, as well as Yaoshui Gorge and Dizhu Park. The Songming Hill, Three Gorges of Yellow River and fossils of ancient animals are drawcards of Tourism in Linxia, becoming the growth points of local economy.