Lanzhou (兰州; Lánzhōu) is the capital of Gansu province

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Gansu Provincial Museum (甘肃省博物馆)

Silk Road history in one place. The museum is divided into two sections-natural resources and historic exhibits. It houses collections of various color-painted potteries of Neolithic Age and treasures of ancient grottoes. In addition, the museum is home to precious linen and silk fabrics, books, wooden and bronze vessels, a great many bamboo slips for writing from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220), frescos and so many other items. A 4-meter-tall Mammoth fossil replica is stored in the museum whose remains were excavated from the Yellow River basin in 1973. Aside from the prehistoric presentations, there are also rare animal exhibits, such as pandas, golden monkeys and red -crowned cranes. The world-famous bronze Galloping Horse's Hoof Stepped on a Flying Swallow, also named as Galloping Horse, is a treasure of Gansu Provincial Museum. Excavated in 1969 in Wuwei County, Gansu Province, the piece depicts a vigorous horse with long tail waving and head perking. Its three hooves are in the air, galloping like lightning. What makes this sculpture amazing is the right back hoof of this galloping horse lands on the back of a small flying bird. The bird turns in surprise to look at the big creature on its back. At the same moment, the horse's head also turns slightly in attempt to know what has happened. The whole statue is honored as the mysterious and rare treasure in the history of Chinese ancient sculpture art.

SEE   —  XiJin Dong Lu

Solemn Temple

The great cause of thirteen years (617 years ), Xue Ju in Lanzhou later became the emperor, the solemn temple as the palace. Tang Pingdingxue cited later renamed the temple, by the gate, and QianDian rooms, the main hall, houdian constitute HHS falls. Original gate board, "Chi stately Temple" six characters, is the famous calligrapher Li Puguang the book, font bold. The main hall after a Buddhism godness Guanyin wall murals, dignified and beautiful, wearing white, wanran such as yarn, Panicum Jingping, Cuise such as the new.

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Yantan Park

Since founding a state, here has built up to 20 km ring at the dam and 10 km asphalt road, and across the Yellow River tributary, the Yantan and urban integration. Later turned into parks, gardens lush forests, beautiful scenery, has built a pavilion, and the Yellow River scenery mutual authentic, very magnificent.

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Home Lohas Hotel / 家乐活酒店

Hotel built End-2013, very clean and functional for a very reasonable price. Only one block / 5 minutes walking away from the Airport Shuttle Bus stop (DongGang West Rd / TianShui Nan Rd). Double Room 238rmb as of October 2014.

Sun Yat-Sen Bridge

(中山桥) "First Bridge across the Yellow River". An old narrow ironwork bridge that holds important significance to Chinese people. Pedestrian only now in order to preserve the bridge.

SEE   —  Zhongshan Lu

Sculptures of the Mother River

(黄河母亲像)Gansu sculpture by the famous sculptor He E creation,6 meters long,2.2 meters wide,2.6 meters tall, weighing 40 tons, from "mother" and a "baby" of composition.

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Jinjiang Sun Hotel

A 4-star hotel business hotel. It has 236 guestrooms, meeting venues, business centre, restaurants, sauna and health club. Online reservation is accepted.

Lanshan Hotel

Pleasant enough rooms at decent prices. The fire escapes are locked. There is a public internet cafe in an adjoining building (ask at reception).

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Waterwheel Garden

(水车博览园) Small park along the Yellow River housing impressive traditional waterwheels, originally used to irrigate farmland around Lanzhou.

SEE   —  Nanbinhe Dong Lu

UBC Coffee House

For when you need a Western food break thats consistent wherever you are.

EAT   —  Zhongshan Road

Five-Spring Mountain

(五泉山) A jumble of a poor amusement park and some renovated temples.

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White Pagoda Mountain

(白塔山) Yuan dynasty White Pagoda Temple overlooks the Yellow River.

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Chain of restaurants specialising in ''Lanzhou niurou lamian''

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Bingling Si

(炳灵寺石窟) Cave grottoes and a boat ride, all in one trip.

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Gaolan Mountain

(皋兰山) Cool place to be when the summer heat kicks in.

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Hezheng Lu Night Market

A very authentic market from mid-afternoon onwards.

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The leading outdoor gear stores in China.


The main shopping district.

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Green Corridor along Binhe Road


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Qiaomen Mosque


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Tianfusha Palace


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About Lanzhou

Lanzhou is an industrial city of about three million people. It is located on the shores of the Yellow River and was a major stop on the Silk Road, where it was known as the Golden City. From the 5th to the 11th century the city was a major seat of Buddhist learning, and it acquired its present name during the Qing Dynasty in 1656. Until the 19th century, Lanzhou was the primary point for crossing the Yellow River via a bridge made by chaining a flotilla of boats together with a road on top to cross on.

Lanzhou is one of the most polluted cities in China, and has had most if not all touristy areas knocked down and rebuilt.

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