Today, after breakfast, you will be taken to explore the best highlights of Lanzhou. Your first stop is Gansu Provincial Museum - the biggest and most valuable museum of Gansu Province (Tip: The museum will be closed on every Monday, except public holidays.). Designed by the Soviet Union experts uniquely, the museum collects over 350,000 artifacts, from which you can learn profound history and culture of different regions in Gansu and China “Ancient Silk Road”. Top must-see special treasures are the Flying Bronze Horse from Eastern Han Dynasty, about 1,800 years old, which has been adopted as the logo of China tourism; postal man on brick painting that discovered in Wei and Jin Tombs in Jiayuguan, huge number of bronze honor guard of ancient Han Dynasty. Moreover, you can see massive painted potteries, bronze wares, silk fabrics, gold and silver vessels, Buddhist sculptures, even pale ontological fossils of dinosaurs, marine animals found in Gansu.
And then, you will visit three notable landmarks along the Yellow River. You will take a short leisure walk to see the Statue of Mother Yellow River first. A lovely baby nestles against the chest of his loving mother. It is a work from a Gansu’s female artist, praising Mother River who created Chinese civilization and nourished Chinese people. Next, visit the First Bridge on Yellow River. Named as Zhongshan Bridge to memorize Sun Yat-sen, this iron bridge was the first sample built by foreign technology in Northwestern China, already standing over 100 years. Keep moving to enjoy an interesting visit in Lanzhou Waterwheels Park (Lanzhou Shuiche Park). There you can view large area of green plants, and the conspicuous waterwheels in different styles and structures going round and round as well as many bronze sculptures vividly showing daily life scenes of the locals. Modern buildings towering astride the Yellow River tell you that Lanzhou is speeding up to further future as the flowing yellow water.
In the afternoon, your today’s last visit goes to the White Pagoda Mountain on the north bank of the Yellow River. Depending on your personal preference and physical condition, you can choose to have a short walk to the top, or take a cable car (45 CNY to go up, 30 CNY to come down) running across the river (over 1,000 m long). The mountain (alt: about 1,700 m /5,578 ft) once was an ancient fortress and now is a large architecture complex with some temples, pavilions, archways and museum hillside open to public for free. Built in Yuan Dynasty with Lamasery features, White Pagoda Temple on the top is wildly regarded as “the Window of Lanzhou” - a must-visit where you can get an impressive panoramic view of Lanzhou city and the rushing Yellow River. You can stop and rest in a pavilion, enjoy surrounding verdant natural scenery and may meet some zip line riders.
Tips: You can choose one-way cable car up to near the White Pagoda Temple and walk down to see spots en route.