With Lanzhou (兰州) it is like with any other Chinese city: take a picture of it from one angle and it can seem like your typical congested and polluted metropolis. Look at it from another angle however, and you see temples and pagodas towering mysteriously in a foggy urban setting.
You get the point. This city in China's north-west, has two sides to it. Though with Lanzhou you will find that perhaps more so than with its peers in the country, that the former image (namely a polluted and congested metropolis) tends to dominate.
That is not to say that there is nothing to see and do in this capital of Gansu Province, situated on the Yellow River and there where the Silk Road used to run. One of its main attractions is the Gansu Provincial Museum, probably one of China's most premier museums. It spans a massive 18,000 acres and focuses on (amongst others) the Silk Road, housing artifacts like fossils, Neolithic Age potteries and sculptures from various eras. One of those sculptures is the famous Flying Horse statue.
After that, head up the White Pagoda Mountain to get your pagoda fix with nice views (on a clear day) over the river. Along the river you will also find the huge Mother River Sculpture and Water Mill Garden, showing off the devices that were used to water the fields, and a pleasant place to stroll around in for a while.
Lanzhou is seen as one of the core islamic cities of China, with a large muslim contingent amongst its population. [Review by travelindicator]
- Lanzhou is a city in China's region of Gansu. It has a population of 3,616,163, is situated at an altitude of 5003ft and the best airport to fly into is LHW (Lanzhou Airport, Lanzhou)
- The currency used in China is the Chinese yuan renminbi (RMB) (CNY)
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