General Information of Lanzhou

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Area: the capital and largest city of Gansu Province in Northwest China


Population: with a population of 3.22 million


Features of Lanzhou City


With mountains in the south and north of the city and the Yellow River flowing from the east to the west, Lanzhou is a beautiful modern city with both the grand beauty of northern cities and the prettiness of southern cities. The Landscape along Yellow River should not be missed, as Lanzhou is the only provincial city through which the Mother River runs.


Culture of Lanzhou City


Lanzhou was an important strategic town on the ancient Silk Road, and is now a key link on the present Eurasia Bridge. It is the standard Yellow River crossing point and owns its historical significance due to its geographical position.


The spectacular scenery and relics around Lanzhou include the statue of Yellow River Mother, Water Wheel Park, Zhongshan Iron Bridge and White Pagoda Park dotted along the Yellow River. Moreover, Gansu Provincial Museum, Five Spring Park, Mt. Xinglong and Mt. Tulugou and so on are famous attractions in Lanzhou which make Lanzhou well worth a tour.


Attractions of Lanzhou


1. Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves: it is located on the Small Jishi Hill, about 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) west of Yongjing County in Lanzhou City. Being one of the very noted four caves in China, it is the second to Mogao Caves in respect of artistic value.

2. Maiji Caves: Located 45 kilometers (about 28 miles) southeast of Tianshui City in Gansu Province, Maiji Mountain rises up abruptly 142 meters (about 155 yards) from the landscape. Because of its exquisite clay statues and superb sculptural skills, Maiji Caves acquired special recognition. They have been classified as an 'Oriental Statues Exhibition Hall'.


3. Yellow River: Known as the mother river by all the Chinese people, the 5,464-kilometer (about 3,395 miles) Yellow River is the second longest river in China after the Yangtze River. It is not exaggerating to say that Yellow River is a melting port, because there are more than 30 branches and countless streams feeding it through its course.

4. Gansu Provincial Museum: Located in Lanzhou City, the Gansu Provincial Museum is the biggest comprehensive museum in the province. It is one of the best sights in the city and a visit is well worthwhile.


5. Zhongshan Bridge: the First Bridge over the Yellow River-- lies at the foot of Bai Ta Mountain and in front of Jin Cheng Pass in Lanzhou city. The Zhongshan Bridge will be remembered forever as a piece of history and a cultural relic.


Nightlife in Lanzhou


In spite of its location in northwest China, Lanzhou's unique nightlife compares favorably with that in the coastal cities. Lights blaze along the banks of the Yellow River as they showcase the bridges and excited people.

These bubbling people choose their enjoyment from the plentiful options available to them such as: diverse night-snack stands, various types of bars, grotesque nightclubs, romantic cafes, exciting cinemas, nostalgic theaters, etc. These memorable nights in Lanzhou, with its many charming attractions, inspire the departing clients to tell others about their wonderful experiences.


1. Bars: After enjoying soft beef noodles and flavorful barbeques at restaurants or stalls and wandering the main streets and back lanes, don't overlook the beautiful atmosphere of the colorfully decorated bars. Gannan Lu is the popular pub street in Lanzhou.

2. Teahouse: If your first requirement is for quiet and casual surroundings, the many tea houses in Lanzhou will satisfy you. As you taste the fragrant tea and appreciate traditional tea ceremonies, you will find that time seems to stand still as you deeply relax and are refreshed.


3. Night Market: Night markets suit the gourmets. Delicacies of various ethnic groups such as Han, Hui, Bao'an, Dongxiang, Uigu, as well as from communities in and around Lanzhou like Jingyuan, Xian, Xinjiang, will stimulate your appetite to such an extent that you want to try everything offered.


Lanzhou Food


The food in Lanzhou is quite unique compared to that of central China, having been influenced by ethnic groups - especially the Hui people. Besides the beef noodles, there are local delicacies that cannot be tasted in other places, as well as Sichuan cuisines, hotpot, and western food.

1. Gansu Cuisine: Lanzhou dishes are representative of Gansu cuisine which features the roasting, steaming, and braising of beef and mutton. Lanzhou people enjoy many tastes including salty, fresh, tart, and spicy. Gansu cuisine can be sampled at various hotels in Lanzhou. Typical dishes include Jincheng Baita, Jincheng Babao Melon Carving, Baihe Tao, and albino leeks with chicken and roasted pork.


2. Local Delicacies: Lanzhou Beef Noodles (Stretched Noodles) is the most famous local dish in Lanzhou. This dish has five main features: clear soup, white radish, red pepper, green caraway and yellow noodles.

Niang pi zi cannot be missed among Lanzhou local delicacies. Flour paste is steamed for 3 - 4 minutes, then cut into strips and served with mustard, garlic, sesame butter, chili oil, vinegar, and soy sauce. This is a favorite among the locals and many of the tourists.


Shopping in Lanzhou


Lanzhou has a good selection of handicrafts and local specialties from all parts of Gansu Province. You can go to the Center Square, the commercial center in Tielu Xincun and the commercial center in Nanguan-Xiguan (the most important commercial district). Also worth mentioning is the commercial center on Xijin Road near the western railway station.


Lanzhou Travel Guide


1. Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves

Bus Route:  Take bus from Lanzhou to Liujiaxia Reservoir, and then transfer to barge.


2. Maiji Caves

Get to Tianshui City first and then wait for the bus 34 (Tianshui Railway Station - Maijishan) which is leaving every 15 minutes from 06:30-19:30. Get off the bus and you can find the ticket office of Maijishan 30 meters away from the bus station.
Five Springs Park (Wuquan Shan Gongyuan)/ Bus Route: 8

3. Gansu Provincial Museum

Take bus 1, 18, 31, 50, 53, 58, 59, 71 and get off at Qilihe Qiao Station. The museum can be found on the south side of the road.


4. Waterwheel Garden--Bus Route: 15


China Travel in Lanzhou


Visitors interested in Lanzhou local festivals and who do not mind the climate, go to Lanzhou in January, February, July or August for the following events.

Labrang Monastery in Xiahe County holds seven religious festivals annually, with the ones on the first moon and seventh moon being the most famous. The highlight of the 1st moon gathering is the Buddha Unfolding on the 13th day and the Yak Butter Sculpture exhibition on the 15th day. Tourists are welcome at these festivals.


Hua'er Folk Music Festival at Lanhua Mountain, Linxia County is held from the 1st to 6th of the 6th moon every year. Hua'er is a type of folk music. At the Hua'er Festival, Hua'er singers come from the neighboring areas and bring their talent into full play, singing impromptu song after song. This festival is of such importance that all the counties offer tour buses to the Hua'er performances.

March is month when everything is refreshed. During this month, the flowers begin to blossom and the trees begin to grow. Traveling to Lanzhou to see the Green Corridor along Binhe Road this month is a good decision.


April can be a great time to travel to Lanzhou to visit the famous Five Spring Mountain because of the warm weather.

August may fall during the peak travel season of Lanzhou, especially for students on their summer holidays. The famous scenic spot, Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves, may be full of tourists.


Tourists may go to Waterwheel Garden to appreciate the autumn scenery in Lanzhou.

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