Lanzhou & gansu
Lanzhou, a well-known ancient city in China, the capital of Gansu located in northwestern China, the upper stream of the famous Yellow River, flowing straight through Lanzhou. It is the second largest city in northwest China, and also the political, economic and cultural center of the province. Lanzhou is famously known for its “beef noodles” all over China.
It occupies a total area of 450,000 square kilometers (175,000 square miles), with a population of close to 30 million. Gansu is abundantly endowed with cultural relics and natural scenery. Vast and graceful natural scenery like endless desert and pure glacial landscape presents an impressive and breath-taking picture before your eyes.
Gansu has rich travel resources. Heading northwest, you can explore the best sites along the Silk Road, such as Zhangye, Jiayuguan Pass, Dunhuang, etc. Heading southeast are Maijishan Grottes in Tianshui and Labrang Monastery of Xiahethe Great Buddha Temple at Zhangeye and the bronze sculpture of galloping horse in Wuwei. As the golden part of Silk Road, and one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization, Gansu is the heaven for historians to soak in the ancient historic canvas. The 1,600-km-long Silk Road of the Han and Tang dynasties unfailingly brings the visitor to such places as the grottoes at Dunhuang (a veritable world-class treasure house of art)
Uniquely housing two of “Four Greatest Grottoes” – Mogao and Maijishan, Gansu is renowned as the treasure of Buddhist paintings and sculptures. While adventurers also marvel at diverse natural wonders of Gansu-vast Gobi Desert, snow mountains and glaciers, Danxia landform and the unique landscape of Ganan. Gansu houses the Jiayuguan Pass of the Great Wall built in the early Ming dynasty, somewhere around the year 1372 and connects to that of Beijing.