Lanzhou Travel Guide

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Lanzhou Highlights

  • Pro
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    wwliu says…

     hotheaded citizen, delicious nosh 

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     Not many interesting spots 

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     Love the people, love the culture 

Lanzhou Things to Do

  • Scale model of old Jincheng

    The model of Old Jincheng on the ground floor of the Lanzhou Museum is fascinating, although only two structures survive – the Baiyuanguan temple and the Baiyisi. In the photograph, the Zhongshan Bridge is now where the pontoon bridge is on the model. The Baiyuanguan is just outside the city wall on the right.

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  • Map of old Jincheng

    There is an interesting map of the old city of Jincheng on the ground floor of the Lanzhou Museum (see separate review). Walking the route of the old walls – none have survived – is easy with this map.

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  • Lanzhou Museum

    With the closure of the Gansu Provincial Museum for a decade, one might have expected the best of its collections to be rehoused here in the Lanzhou Museum which is located alongside one of the two remaining old structures in Lanzhou, the Ming Dynasty Bayi temple. Sadly, this would be too much of a breakthrough in terms of joined-up...

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Lanzhou Restaurants

  • Restaurants in Lanzhou

    I haven't reviewed any restaurants in Lanzhou, not because I haven't eaten in any, but because I have eaten in so many of them. After 30 or so visits to Lanzhou in the last four years, I have eaten all over the city and the food has always been excellent. Lanzhou really is very well-known for its cuisine, and despite its somewhat less than...

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  • Try the "La Mien"

    Lanzhou La Mien. Hand pulled noodles if I were to direct translate and they taste great with local gravy, on the spicy side though. The local consume a lot of chili oil. If you are not used to eat, when ordering a bowl of beef noodle especially, tell them less or no oil. If not, the top of the bowl is covered with chili oil. In the picture, my...

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  • The most famous noshery in Lanzhou

    Only three kinds of food be selled by this restaurant . Just these three food fascinating enough to attract all citizen loved to go to eat. Even not holiday, even not meal time, there is always a long queue that people are waiting for eating. The storefront is so small that wherever whenever there is no seat empty. Although it is no beautiful...

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Lanzhou Nightlife

  • The Boton Cafe

    This coffee shop is recommended by the Lonely Planet, but quite frankly it's a complete disaster zone. Undoubtedly the worst coffee shop I have been in during the last four years across the whole of China. It took more than an hour to get a coffee served, and this was after sending three coffees back. The first because it was an iced coffee and I...

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  • Grilled Lamb

    The special nightlife in Dunhuang is eating outside. Because Dunhuang has a long winter, there always some small tents are on the street. Enter the tent, the host will grill lamb and make salt tea for you. Sometimes tent doesn't install light, so you may chat with your friends just under the candle or oil lamp. For the people coming from big city,...

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  • This is the Lanzhou city bus...

    This is the Lanzhou city bus station, behind it was the Russian-like building but it was a local Muslim Mosque, look closer it was very colorful green white and red, I am standing in between. Just around this area, you can shop until you die! Yeah, believe me, this is the place where wet market, supermarkets, hawkers and everthing together in one.

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Lanzhou Transportation

  • From Lanzhou city to Lanzhou airport

    There're plenty of touts hanging around outside the CAAC office/hotel (marked in LP and other guidebooks) offering rides in cars to Lanzhou airport, we got a car for 120 RMB. Might be possible to bargain to 110 RMB, but we didn't try. The ride takes about 1 hour (72 km).

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  • Lanzhou Zongchuan Airport

    Lanzhou Airport is 70km north of Lanzhou in Yongdeng County, but there is a fast expressway from Lanzhou City right to the door of the terminal building. However, it still takes 40 minutes to make the journey. In the winter, allow extra time in the early morning because there can be fog on the highway just south of the airport for 10km.Because the...

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  • Railway Station

    Lanzhou Railways station is very very good, clean and tidy. Situated very near to Lanzhou University on Tianshui street. One can get buses or taxies from any where in Lanzhou. Get plateform ticket ( if someone to help u) in RMB1.00, get your luggage checked and enter.

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Lanzhou Shopping

  • Outdoor Gear

    Just along from the Zhongshan Bridge, on the south side of Binhe Lu is a good outdoor gear shop. Just two years ago, it was impossible to find outdoor gear anywhere outside Beijing or Shanghai, but now even cities a lot smaller than Lanzhou seem to have a good selection of camping and walking gear. However, experience wth a few things suggests that...

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  • Required no language for shopping

    Home word supermarket is like million dollor gift to me in Lanzhou b,cos here I need not to talk to any one for shopping. It is worth to name that outside university I hardly get any one who can speak in english. Here you need to pickup things and make the payment at automated computerised counters. So never encountered with language problem and...

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  • Shopping List

    Here is a list I think worthy to buy.Antique---Goblet made by black jade, flying horse made by copper, some ancient Chinese staff. Herbs and Produce---Bai He, medlar, Suo Yang, apricot...Silk---Gansu is famous of Silkroad, so don't forget buy a piece of silk from Gansu. All I list are not expensive. If currency changes from $ to ??, only $10-20,...

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Lanzhou Local Customs

  • Some good things with tiles

    Many visitors to China quickly get exasperated with the use of tiles on every single built surface, with much of China looking like the inside of a public toilet. Except for the public toilets which are bare concrete.But the use of tiles everywhere does sometimes bring some good municipal artwork, with local themes and icons depicted in huge mosaic...

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  • Mosques in Lanzhou

    Lanzhou has a large and thriving Muslim population, not just the Hui but also from a number of minorities that live in the province. Although not quite as obvious as at Linxia, further south in Gansu, there are mosques all over Lanzhou, with one of the biggest one block south of the “Journey to the West” statue. From the river bank, there are...

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  • Carved Gourds

    I have never seen the point of owning a carved gourd, although I admit that I had one (a present?) for much of my youth from living in Cyprus. But just because one can carve on a given surface, doesn't mean that you should actually do it. Anyway, others think differently, and carved gourds are a specialty of the Lanzhou area although you can see...

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Lanzhou Warnings and Dangers

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    by Dougann Written Jun 7, 2005

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    In Lanzhou, if you want to get a bus to Xiahe or Linxia, go to the south bus station. If you want to avoid the ticket touts and get an official ticket, go in the door, and go through an opening on the right, there you'll find a desk where they'll help you - as a foreigner in Gansu they want to check your insurance and this desk seemed to be the place that did it.

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Lanzhou Tourist Traps

  • Traffic in Lanzhou

    Lanzhou is a very polluted city. It is also very large. Because it has no subway or effective mass transit system, getting around is a major pain. Many people fly into Lanzhou to start trips for Silk Road sites, to visit Bingling Si, Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, Xining. But staying in Lanzhou is a pain and not very nice. I recommend spending as little...

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  • Toilet Custom

    Not trying to gross anyone up but at every public toilet cubicle, there's a little basket by the side. It's for you to throw i the used tissue after # 1 or #2's. If you accidentally throw the piece of tissue into the toilet bowl, chances are you'll see it floating there after a few flushes. The local only warned me about the toilet thingy on the...

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  • Always take a look at the backside alley

    When I travel, I love to sneak into backside alley to see something different, this is one of the special in Lanzhou, it's a trap to me, I was addicted to this kind of trap.

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Lanzhou What to Pack

  • Moisturizer for the ladies and gentlemen...

    moisturizer and lip gloss is a MUST especially for travellers who hails from humid countries. Lanzhou's weather is DRY. Also BYO your own tissue cos most toilets DO not supply. Coffee lovers, BYO your 3 in 1 coffee. There's no Starbucks or whatsoever, if you're lucky to find one, it taste funny. If you're lucky enough to find a packet of let's...

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  • Packing List

    See what we have done here, we packed a pair of shoes cost RMB35. Nothing much to pack but in December with -10 clecius, we have to wear something, but don't worry you can buy them here for some unbelievable price.

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Lanzhou Off The Beaten Path

  • Bingling Si

    The Bingling Si Grottoes can be visited in summer. I am told that access is only by water, and that the water in the Yellow River is too low most of the year. I visited the second week of August. Skies were clear and the air was mild. No humidity. This is an extraordinary trip. I was expecting this to be a highlight of my trip to China, but I was...

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  • The Gansu Numismatics Museum

    I have never been to this museum, but I keep seeing it on Dong Ganxi Lu, on the north side, about 400 metres from the Lanzhou Binguan. It seems to be in a branch of a bank. Must give it a try because it seems the kind of quirky place that you don't expect in a city like Lanzhou!

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  • The old harbour

    One block west of the Baiyuanguan Temple, is a bridge over a particularly badly polluted stream - not much more than an open sewer. Yet in the old days, this short stretch of mud and grass was where the boats and barges were tied up and unloaded and the city's wharves. Nothing to see there these days, but at least it is open and a break from the...

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Lanzhou Sports & Outdoors

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    A place for praying

    by l_joo Written Sep 6, 2002

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    This is very high up the WuChuanShan, you must climb up. To climb up here is already a good sports. But this climb is for religious purposes, look for yourself.

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Lanzhou Favorites

  • Pollution???

    Air pollution level is high so if you are suffering from breathing trouble, take utmost care. Though the city is like any other big city, beautiful, good transportation, supermarkets and of course road side noodles. Must taste? Flowers in Lanzhou University.Five spring.Of course Lanzhou people..

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  • Art & Crafts

    Like other places in China, I enjoyed viewing the various historical art & craft items in Lanzhou. Basically, the silk road is about history, art, culture, scenery etc.

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  • Yellow River

    I have read about the Yellow River since I was young, and it is indeed a very memorable experience seeing and touching this famous river at Lanzhou.

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