Things to do in Lanzhou - Lanzhou Attractions

As an important city of northwestern China, Lanzhou is usually chosen as transfer city. Well it is also a historical city of many cultural relics. The Yellow River flows though the city, and many attractions were built on the river shore themed by Yellow River Culture, such as the Iron Bridge of Yellow River, Waterwheel Park, Yellow River Mother Statue, etc. Hiking up to the top of the White Pagoda Mountain and getting the panoramic views of Yellow River and Lanzhou city is the most popular experience in Lanzhou. If you are interested in the history of Gansu and Lanzhou, don't miss the Provincial Museum.

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Gansu Provincial Musuem

Gansu Provincial Museum

Type: History Museums 

Recommended Length of Visit: 1~2 hours 

Gansu Provincial Museum is a good place to learn local history and culture. It has more than 350,000 collections - 1. Fossils and biological specimens from the Cretaceous Period. 2. Ancient painted potteries from the Paleolithic Age to the Neolithic Age. 3. Bronze ware, ceramics from Shang and Zhou Dynasties. 4. Silk Road culture of Han and Tang Dynasties. 5. Porcelain, wood carving, silks and paintings of Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. 

Don't miss Gansu Provincial Museum’s two best features: 1. Buddhism Culture Hall highlights the best presentation of Gansu Buddhist grottoes. 2. Pottery Culture Hall collects fancy potteries of different time. The most famous one is the Ma Ta Fei Yan (马踏飞燕, Horse Stepping on a Swallow).

Iron Bridge of Yellow River

Iron Bridge of Yellow River

Type: Bridges

Recommended Length of Visit: less than 1 hour

The Iron Bridge of Yellow River, also named Zhong Shan Bridge, is the first iron bridge of Yellow River which was built in the 19th Century. Now it is a landmark and passable only for pedestrians and cyclists. In the day time, you can really get a “Yellow Water” view of Yellow River. And in the night, the colorful light on both sides of the river is florid. On the northern side of the bridge, there is a museum introducing the history of the Zhong Shan Bridge, also recording the development of other bridges across the Yellow River. 

White Pagoda Mountain (Baita)

White Pagoda Mountain (Baita)

Type: Mountains & Temple

Recommended Length of Visit: 1~2 hours

White Pagoda Mountain (1720m) is located in the city, close to the Iron Bridge of Yellow River. The mountain is the highest spot of Lanzhou city, covered by luxuriant trees. You can hike up the staircases to the top of the mountain, which is a awesome experience. If you don't want to bear the walk, you can take the cable car (Y35 to go up, Y20 to come down). On the top of the hill is the White Pagoda built in Yuan Dynasty with Lamasery style. There are three other old temples in traditional Chinese style which give you a feel of history and local culture.

Binhe Park

Binhe Park

Type: Mountains & Temple

Recommended Length of Visit: 1~2 hours

Binhe Park is built along the Yellow River. The best features are the Yellow River Mother Statue and Ancient Waterwheels Park. 

Yellow River Mother Statue was sculptured by the famous artist Mrs. He'e. A child leans in the arms of mother. The mother stands for the Yellow River, and the child stands for the growing Chinese. From this statue, you can see how important the Yellow River is to China. The Ancient Waterwheels Park is themed by 12 large Yellow River waterwheels of different styles. Waterwheel is a special irrigation system in Gansu originated in Ming Dynasty.

Recommended Lanzhou Tours

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Mogao Grottoes
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Lamasery
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Maijishan Grottoes
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