Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2009)
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Area: 1,600,000 ha

Site description
Located in northern Gansu, with the border of Inner Mongolia to the north. The IBA is generally flat, and the Shijun He river flows throught it. The main habitats are desert and steppe. Several reservoirs (Ximahu, Zihu, Hongya) have been constructed along the river, and there are also several saline wetlands along the river.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: The Liangucheng reserve was established for the conservation of Mongolian Gazelle.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Minqin. Downloaded from on 02/07/2022.