Liupanshui (simplified Chinese: 六盘水; traditional Chinese: 六盤水; pinyin: Liùpánshuǐ) is a city in western Guizhou province, People's Republic of China. The name Liupanshui combines the first character from the names of each of the city's three constituent counties: Liuzhi, Panzhou, Shuicheng. As a prefecture-level city with an area of 9,926 square kilometres (3,832 sq mi), Liupanshui had a total population of over 2,830,000 in 2006, making it the second largest in the province, though only 251,900 inhabitants were urban residents. The city is known locally as "The Cool City" or "Cool Capital" due to its low average summer temperature.


Location of Liupanshui Prefecture within Guizhou
Location of Liupanshui Prefecture within Guizhou
Coordinates: 26°35′40″N 104°50′0″E
CountryPeople's Republic of China
  Prefecture-level city9,926 km2 (3,832 sq mi)
  Prefecture-level city2,830,000
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s)858
ISO 3166 codeCN-GZ-02


The general area is significant as the seat of the historic Yelang political entity, a confederation of tribes that dominated parts of modern-day Guizhou, Hunan, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. The city was established in 1978 as a prefecture-level municipality.

Administrative divisions

Its administratively divided to the following county-level jurisdictions:


Ethnic groups

The Liupanshui City Ethnic Gazetteer 六盘水市志:民族志 (2003:139, 154, 160) lists the following ethnic groups and their respective locations.

  • Bai
    • Pan County (pop. 16,829): in Jiuying 旧营, Gaotun 高屯, Yangchangba 羊场坝, Luna 鲁那, Shahe 沙河
    • Shuicheng County (pop. 6,711): in Longchang 龙场, Yingpan 营盘
  • Gelao
    • Liuzhi Special District (pop. 8,128): in Langdai 郎岱, Xinhua 新华, Duoque 堕却
    • Shuicheng County (pop. 1,862): in Fa'er 发耳, Longchang 龙场, Yangmei 杨梅, Miluo 米箩, Panlong 蟠龙
  • Shui
    • Pan County (pop. 3,519): in Panguan District 盘关区
    • Shuicheng County (pop. 4,211): in Fa'er District 发耳区



Liupanshui is a major rail hub in southwestern China. The Shanghai-Kunming, Liupanshui-Baiguo and Neijiang-Kunming Railways intersect in the city.


Tourism in Liupanshui focuses on minority folk culture and karst landform tourism. This includes the underground lake in Qilin Cave Park 麒麟公园, Danxia Mountain 丹霞山, about which Xu Xiake, the Chinese travel writer and geographer of the Ming Dynasty, had written. Yushe National Park 玉舍国家公园 includes the Jiucai Ping Scenic Zone 韭菜坪景区. The flat-topped Jiucai Ping is the tallest mountain in Guizhou Province at about 2900 meters. Jiucai here means "garlic chives," so named because the mountain is famous for its garlic chive blossoms. Other attractions include the sunrise, the sea of clouds, and unusual rock formations. Also notable is the Tiansheng Bridge 天生桥, "tiansheng" meaning "god-made." There is also a nature reserve called Shuicheng Francois's Leaf Monkey Nature Reserve 水城野钟黑叶猴自然保护区.


Local cuisine includes Yangrou fen (羊肉粉) - Lamb rice noodles, and Luoguo yangyu (烙锅洋芋) - Fried potatoes.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Liupanshui is twinned with:


  1. "Tucson Sister Cities". Interactive City Directory. Sister Cities International. Retrieved 4 September 2013.

See also

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