Bayannur (in Mongolian it means abundant lakes as the region is famous for its numerous lakes and the freshwater lake Ulansuhai Nur). It is located in the western part of Inner Mongolia, lying between Hetao Plain and Urad grassland. The city covers an area of 64,000 square kilometers and its permanent population is 1.67 million, with 7 banners under its administration.
Bayannur is advantageous with agriculture and animal husbandry conditions. The Yellow River flows through the city, and Hetao irrigation area is Asia’s largest gravity irrigation area, which can irrigate 10 million mu (0.67 million hectares). All of these factors have made the area an important agricultural and livestock production and processing base in not just the autonomous region but the entire country. The city is known as the “Frontier Jiangnan (the region south of the Yangtze River)” and is also famous for its fruit vegetation.
Bayannur is rich in natural, historical and cultural resources. More than 300 places in the area have been found processing abundant mineral resources with more than 63 varieties, among which the reserves of sulfur, zinc, lead, zeolite, bentonite, silver, cadmium, lithium, gallium, flux, silica, dolomite, and mica are the largest in the district, while ranking second in the reserves of copper, nickel, cobalt, iron, manganese, chromium and phosphorus. Bayan Manduhu in Urad Rear Banner is known as the “dinosaur kingdom”, and nearly 153 cliff painting groups and more than 50,000 cliff paintings have been found in the valleys.
Bayannur's GDP reached 87.50 billion yuan in 2019, an increase of 5.3 percent year-on-year, according to official statistics.
The added value of the primary industry totaled 20.10 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 4.3 percent. The added value of the secondary industry was 28.45 billion yuan, an increase of 5.9 percent, while the added value of the tertiary industry was 38.95 billion yuan, up 5.1 percent.
The proportion of Bayannur's primary, secondary and tertiary industries was adjusted to 23.0:32.5:44.5.
The per capita GDP of the resident population was 51.722 yuan.