Seven things you need to know about Xining: What could be Preston’s new twin town

Posted on - 28th December, 2013 - 10:55am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Observations, Preston News
Xining by day

Xining by day

With the news Preston may be considering forming a new twin town arrangement with Xining in China, we’ve taken a look at seven things you may not know about the city.


As reported in the Lancashire Evening Post, Mayor of Preston Veronica Afrin and senior officers from the city council and county council have been entertaining a group of businessman from the city.

Preston has strong links with China due to the University of Central Lancashire.

The university has campuses out there and also a large Chinese student population who are studying in Preston.

Here’s seven things we found out about Xining:

1. A lot of people live there

Compared to Preston’s 130,000 souls, the city of Xining – which is the capital of the Qinghai province – has a population of over 2.2 million.

2. The climate does match

Xining experiences cool summers, temperatures reach their highest in July averaging 24 degrees and in winter barely get above 3 degrees during December and January. It can get as cold as -13 degrees in January.

3. They like a drink

Something all Prestonians can appreciate, strong spirits are the drink of choice for the people of Xining due to its cold climate.

4. Their own Beacon Fell

We’ve got Beacon Fell, they’ve got the Sun and Moon Mountain. Sounds slighly more dramatic. It divides the entire Qinghai Province in two.

5. It’s got an airport

The Caojibau Airport is a little more glamorous than Blackpool Airport.

Xining at night

Xining at night

6. Smoggy hell

The city has the second worst air quality in Western China according to the World Health Organisation.

7. Bang in the centre

Xining sits right at the heart of China, on the old Silk Road. It’s always been an important trading post. It’s 1,695 kilometres from Beijing, which is (only!) 19 hours in the car.

For those from Xining, here’s sixteen excellent things you might not know about Preston.

Have you ever been to Xining? What’s it like? Let us know in the comments below

Image credits to Madellina Bird and Tianyake

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