Jiuquan (酒泉; Jiǔquán) is a city in Gansu Province, best known as the home of China's human spaceflight program.
Over twenty-five trains pass through Jiuquan every day. From Jiuquan you can reach Lanzhou (7 hrs), Urumqi (13 hrs), Xi'an (14 hrs), Chengdu (15 hrs), Beijing (20 hrs), Chongqing (12 hrs), Jinan (23 hrs), and a number of smaller cities. Jiuquan train station is located 12 km south of the town. To get to town, you can take the yellow bus parked in the train station parking lot (2 RMB) or a taxi (about 10 RMB).
The nearest airport is at Jiayuguan, 30 km from Jiuquan.
Jiuquan is served by six public bus lines and several taxi companies. Buses cost 1 RMB, and most taxi rides within town are 5 RMB. Very few people speak English, so you should hand the driver the name of your desitnation written in Chinese when taking a cab.
There are many local restaurants serving Northwest dishes in Jiuquan. In addition, Jiuquan is famous for its desert fruit, including melons, dates, grapes, apples and persimmons.
There are many lower-end hotels in central Jiuquan. Called zhaodaisuo (招待所), these hotels offer basic accomodation and questionably clean rooms at low prices. Expect to pay about 50-70 RMB for a double.