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About Lanzhou

Lanzhou is located along the banks of the Yellow River and is the provincial capital of Gansu. Lanzhou offers an experience of true immersion in China's great northwest. According to many tourists and travelers, this city is just a transit and transfer point where, after just a short stay, they will continue onwards to southern Gansu or west along the Yellow River. But Lanzhou also has its own enchanting charm. After arriving in Lanzhou, eat a bowl of beef noodles, sip a sweet cup of "sanpaotai" tea and go for a stroll along the Yellow River. Then, you can begin your explorations of China's vast northwest.

Popular Attractions in Lanzhou

Yellow River Steel Bridge
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The Yellow River Steel Bridge is also known as Zhongshan Bridge. It is one of Lanzhou’s most famous landmarks and a must-see for visitors. This steel bridge was built in the waning years of the Qing Dynasty. At that time, it was the first bridge that the Yellow River that could be used the whole year round. All of the materials used in the German-designed steel bridge was imported from Germany and work on the construction was overseen by German engineers. The north terminus of the Yellow River Steel Bridge is just beneath the famous Baita (White Pagoda) Mountain. Atop the mountain are many ancient relics and monuments. Many people like to climb the mountain to take photos of the panoramic view of Lanzhou and the Yellow River Steel Bridge.
Gansu Provincial Museum
1,464 Reviews
Gansu Provincial Museum is located in the Qilihe District of Lanzhou City. The museum houses a large number of precious cultural relics, which is a must-see destination for tourists in Lanzhou. The Copper Flying Horse Statue in the museum is not only a symbol of China's tourism, but also the treasure of the museum. Here you may also see the "Brick with Postman Picture" unearthed in Gansu. The brick with painted postman is now the symbol of China Post. In the museum, visitors can also enjoy the grottoes copied from the Mogao Grottoes and the Maiji Mountain Grottoes.
Lanzhou Ocean World
691 Reviews
Lanzhou Ocean World is a unique arctic-themed park, the first of its kind in Northwestern China. The park has all kinds of marine life from icy, polar regions. It also has special kinds of performances and entertaining activities suitable for the whole family. The marine life that can be seen and enjoyed here includes seals, adorable penguins, jellyfish and much more. Areas which visitors may enjoy at Lanzhou Ocean World include the Tropical Ocean, Rivers and Lakes, Dream of the Jellyfish, Under the Sea Dive and Beach Living.
Baitashan Park
826 Reviews
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Baitashan Park is located on the north bank of the Yellow River near Lanzhou city center and is an important attraction in Lanzhou. Baita Mountain is famous for its ancient white pagoda on the top of the mountain. There are also many palace-style buildings in the mountains. Many trees are planted around the building. It is very good for mountaineering and photography. What's more, you can see the spectacular panoramic view of Lanzhou City when you board the Baita Mountain. The view is very wide.


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The Yellow River Iron Bridge: Screws from Europe The first bridge across the Yellow River #Yellow River Iron Bridge is also known as: Zhongshan Bridge, one of Lanzhou's most important landmark buildings, is also, the Yellow River's first true bridge, with a history of over 100 years. # The 100-year-old Iron Bridge# was built during the Westernization Movement during the late Qing Dynasty. The construction was proposed by Zuo Zongtang, and was supervised by Sheng Yun, the successor Governor of the Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces. It not only applied German engineering design, but was also built using steel and screws imported from Europe.
TripBlog   Nov 22, 2019

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Posted: Sep 6, 2019
Baita Mountain is located in Lanzhou City, adjacent to the famous Zhongshan Bridge. The front of the mountain is the mother river, the Yellow River. The altitude here is said to be around 1,700, but climbing from the bottom of the city to the top of the mountain is not as hard as I expected. I estimate that this number counts the city's original elevation. According to the practice of the day, if a young man climbs, he can climb from the bottom of the mountain to the top of the mountain in less than half an hour. Although the slope is a bit steep, it is not too hard overall. If you are driving, you can drive from the trail of the mountain to the mountainside platform. Then walk 5 minutes to the White Pagoda! From the value of play, the elements that Baitashan can play are not too many. Baitashan Park became a landmark in Lanzhou, and foreign tourists rushed to punch cards. This also shows that this place has its own uniqueness. Then I made a summary, on the Baita Mountain, you can at least play like this! 1: Enjoy the scenery. This is the primary purpose of climbing Baita Mountain. In the mountains, you can overlook the entire Lanzhou city. At the foot of the river is the rapid flow of the Yellow River, and the small Zhongshan Bridge. Lanzhou is an important city in the northwest, the capital of Gansu, and its beauty may be rough. But when you climb the Baita Mountain, if you encounter the sunset, Lanzhou at this time also has its own soft side. So if you want to see the scenery of Lanzhou, or shoot a big city movie, you can't miss it in Baitashan! 2: Appreciation. White Pagoda on Baita Mountain, White Tower in Baita Temple. Yes, it is because of this white tower that the name of Baita Mountain and Baita Temple. The history of this white pagoda can be traced back to the Yuan Dynasty. Around 1228 AD, in order to commemorate the death of a Mongolian lama who went to Mongolia to meet Genghis Khan. The most impressive part of the tower is the regular window of the tower that houses the buddha statues. It feels both mysterious and sacred. The Baita Tower is quite normal in style. It is a traditional Chinese ancient tower type. Although it is not amazing, it is at least very classic! 3: Shoot. To Baita Mountain, there are not many tourists who will take the camera and shoot some beautiful materials. Whether it is the White Tower or the whole picture of Lanzhou City, it is the material that everyone is happy to create. I also share some of my shooting experience here. 1) You can fly a drone in Baita Mountain, but you must pay attention to safety. After all, it is in the city, and interference is everywhere. If you can't come back if you fly far, you can only mourn for you. 2) The time to photograph the city is about 8 o'clock. Because the sunset in the northwest is relatively late, you can check the sunset time of the day in advance and arrange the seats about half an hour earlier. And Lanzhou is more likely to have a sunset glow. If you have a sunset, your photos will be much more exciting. 3) Take a closer look at the white tower body. Here I suggest using a drone to fly close to the details of the Buddha image. Because my flying skills are not good, I don't dare to be too close. If you have good technology, or if you are currently introducing a zoomable model, you can make the Buddha statue bigger and clearer. These Buddha statues are full of vicissitudes of life, a testimony to history and extraordinary significance!
Posted: Sep 10, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

I recommended Tulugou National Forest Park, Little West Lake, Xujiashan National Forest Park, Zhutuo Mountain, Lanzhou Shifo Valley National Forest Park.
Here are the best places to visit in Lanzhou, including: Yellow River Mother Sculpture, Lanzhou Ocean World, Wuquanshan Park, Public Lane, Lanzhou University (Tianshui South Road Campus).
Take the train and take a day trip to the local area