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Lanzhou is the capital of the Gansu province in China.
History Lanzhou was once called the Golden City. Located in the Hexi Corridor, or "Corridor West of the Yellow River", in which early Chinese civilization began, it has a history of over 2,000 years.
Lanzhou was founded in the Qin Dynasty. During Han Dynasty, it became a major stop on the ancient Silk Road. To protect the city, the Great Wall was extended as far as Yumen. After the fall of Han Dynasty, Lanzhou became capital of a succession of tribal states. Mixed with different cultural herritage, area at present-day Gansu province, from the 5th to the 11th century, became a center for Buddhist study.
Area: 14,620 sq km
Elevation: 1600m above sea level
China's geographic center
More than 20km along urban corridor along the southern banks of the Yellow River.
Character of zonary basin
Mountains: the south and north
Qilian Ranges, Mt. Pingliang and Mt. Kongtong (the most famous in Taoism)
Rivers: The Yellow River flows through from east to west
Climate: Lanzhou enjoys a typical semi-arid continental monsoon climate with distinct four seasons. The spring is short and changeable with big difference in temperature between days and nights. The summer is not overly hot with an average temperature of 22.4℃. Autumn is pleasant and beautiful with warm and comfortable weather and is the best time to plan your tour. The winter is cold and chilly with an average temperature of -7.3℃.
Transportation: Zhongchauan Airport, 70kms northwest of the downtown, has airlines to the major large or medium-sized cities in our country and provides shuttle buses at the Booking Office of Civil Aviation. The Lianyungang – Lanzhou Railway, Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway, Lanzhou-Qinghai Railway and Baotou-Lanzhou Railway all cross at Lanzhou city. National Highways 109, 212, 213, 312 run through Lanzhou
Local Specialties: Tao inkstone, engraved calabash, pebble carvings, Taoliao vase, and Lanzhou casserole.
Local Food: Lanzhou Beef Noodles in Thin Soup, Beef Cake of Many Layers, Longevity Chicken, Bangzi Smoked Chicken of Zhujiang, and Hand Mutton.
Lanzhou is not only the geometrical center of China but also a center in the northwest in terms of transportation, telecommunication and the Silk Road Tourism Ring. Covering an area of 1631.6 square kilometers (629.96 square miles), Lanzhou is home to a population of 2,804,600, including Han, Hui, Bonan, Dongxiang, Tibetan, Yugu and Sala and more.
Lanzhou was also in the past called the "Gold City", due to the precious metal that was found here. Lanzhou used to be a key point connecting the central China and the western region as well as a vital city on the Silk Road. Today, Lanzhou is a hub of the Silk Road, with Maiji Caves to the east, Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves to the west, Labrang Monastery to the south and Dunhuang Mogao Caves to the north.
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 the Yellow River should not be missed, as Lanzhou is the only provincial city through which the Mother River runs. Whether you choose to roam along the River, to cross the First Bridge over the Yellow River, or to have a cup of eight auspicious teas at the Watermill Park, you will be impressed by Lanzhou with its harmonious combination of the modern and the old.
While the natural parks around the city such as Yan Tan Park and Shifogou National Forest Park will restore and refresh you, the White Pagoda Park and the Five-Spring Mountain Park will give you an understanding of the cultural side of Lanzhou.
If you want to experience something more exciting, the Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves, Labrang Monastery and Sangke Prairie should satisfy you thoroughly.
Besides the above-mentioned attractions, the hospitable locals, multifarious restaurants, cheap yet delicious snacks, and convenient transportation system will all ensure that you get a memorable trip in this tolerant and placid city.
Lanzhou, the city with the mixture of Buddha and Muslim, you can easily seen the onion dome mosque and Buddhist tempe.